Category Archives: TRAVEL

Episode 10: Lost Dogs & Found Blogs

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Selena Hoy

This week the pod team sits down with freelance-writer success story Selena Hoy, who boasts pieces in everything from the Atlantic to the Independent to Playboy. Selena has spent the past 15 years in Japan trying her best to marry her two loves: writing and social work. She shares some harrowing tales from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, discusses Japan’s bizarre refugee policies and tries to explain how she actually found success as a full-time freelance writer (and what other aspiring writers should do too).
Plus – on our Tokyo Stories this week, Taryn, Greg and Chris reunite after a 2-month separation. Chris shares an expert travel tip, Greg brags about landing Olympic tickets after much queueing, and Taryn spins a ta

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A Day in Hiroshima: A Guide on What to Do, See and Eat

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Hiroshima is known for one thing, and is on most people’s Japan itinerary—but besides visiting the museums, what can you do there? Our Hiroshima guide will outline all that there is to do, see and eat for a full day of discovery.

While Hiroshima’s history is an important part of the city’s memory and legacy, it is also a place of renewal and beauty. No doubt it will be on your list if you’re traveling in Kansai, and so it should be. But in addition to the memorials to the atrocities of the past, there are plenty of things to enjoy as well as learn from. Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Osaka by bullet train (or 4 hours from Tokyo), Hiroshima is the perfect day trip, and the perfect double-day trip when combined wi

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Tokyo Events This Week: Yosakoi and Be Merry

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Tokyo events for Monday, August 19 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
This week in Tokyo brings lively summer events including Yosakoi dance festivals, food festivals, a samba parade, comedy nights and more.
AITEN Pub Quiz
A fun quiz night in Shibuya where you can show off your trivia chops, win prizes and support Amnesty International in promoting and protecting human rights.

AITEN Pub QuizDates:21st Aug, 2019

Adults:On the door: ¥1,000
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Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Festival
Join some 40,000 participants at this traditional dance festival. It takes place at Hibiya Park and is one of the biggest events of its kind in the Tokyo area.

Hibiya Park Marunou

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A Walk Along the Japan Sea Coast part 2 to Watazu Port

At what I would say was the point where the Gonokawa river bank ends and the coast begins is a large rocky cliff and several smaller rocky outcroppings. As I passed the first rocky outcropping I was very surprised to see some surfers. There were three vans with license plates from Hiroshima and Yamaguchi, and I must admit I had never visited this spot before and had no idea it was a known

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Your Prepaid SIM Card Options for Travel in Japan

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A number of prepaid SIM cards are available for short-term visitors to Japan.
You land in Tokyo and ride the train into the big city. Maybe you stand in the middle of Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing, delaying traffic while you take a selfie. Or you hit up a restaurant, pointing at a random photo on the menu and hoping the waiter gets what you’re trying to order. And when it arrives, the first thing you think is, “I need to post this to make my friends envious.” Here’s the lowdown on getting a Japan SIM for your visit, for your data and voice communication needs.
The most practical SIM card for your trip? That would be the Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM. Not the cheapest, but the only provider with voice calling—a kill

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