Category Archives: TRAVEL

Top Dining Recommendations in Kyoto

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It’s been a while since I have posted any restaurant recommendations on here. However, my top dining recommendations for Kyoto are now up on the Work in Japan Today website. In this two-part article I introduce some of the main ingredients and elements of Kyō-ryōri cuisine – and also recommend the best places to eat them!

To read my full list of recommendations check the links below:

Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 1
Dining in Kyoto: A Short Guide to the Best of Kyō-ryōri – Part 2

The Work in Japan Today site introduces all aspects of Japanese language and culture, with articles on everyday life and work, technology and travel tips. I am a regular contributor to the site and my articles can all be found here.

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Across the Tatara Bridge

By lunchtime of my second day walking along the Shimanami Kaido that connects Honshu with Shikoku via six islands it was time to cross over from Ikuchijima to Omishima using the Tatara Bridge.

Considered by most to be the most elegant of all the bridges on the route, it was, when built, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, but has since been superceded by a couple of bridges in

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How to Use Pasmo and Suica IC Cards for Smart Tokyo Travel

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Buying a reloadable IC card for train and bus travel around Tokyo (and the rest of Japan) can save you time, money and most importantly, the embarrassment of lost tickets and flashing rejection from the ticket gates. Here’s the lowdown on Pasmo and Suica cards, with video and photo instructions on how to buy and use them.
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What are Suica and Pasmo cards?
Why use them?
What’s the difference?
More info about Suica
More info about Pasmo
Can I use them in Kyoto?
Video on using Suica and Pasmo
Bonus tip: Turn your foreign coins into IC card cash

What are Suica and Pasmo cards?
Tickets are the worst: working out the place, the price and then remembering where you put the tiny piece of paper 25 minutes ago does not

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Tokyo to Nagoya: The Fastest and Cheapest Ways of Getting There

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The city of Nagoya is about 340km west of Tokyo, roughly three quarters of the way to Kyoto. It’s the fourth most populous urban area in Japan, and the bustling capital of Aichi Prefecture. Here’s how to get from Tokyo to Nagoya and back—and why you should visit.

Nagoya has a reputation for being a rather industrial—and dull—place. It gets a ton of business traffic (Toyota and a bunch of other automative giants have their HQs there), but most tourists pass it over in favor of more well-known sightseeing spots. That’s a bit unfair, really, as Nagoya actually has a lot to offer (not least of which is their castle and miso-katsu), and it’s also a gateway to the Kansai region.
If you’re going to be m

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Encounter the unexpected in Kyushu


We caught up with Aussie adventurers, Emilie and Jason, after their 7 day trip to Kyushu. Here’s what they had to say about taking a path less travelled through Japan’s southern island.

What makes Kyushu unlike the rest of Japan?

Having been to Japan a few times already, we were excited to visit a lesser known part of the country. Spending just under a week in one region was ideal as we were able to explore many different places and cover a really large distance travelling from the very bottom of the island right up to the north.

If you’re curious and a somewhat experienced traveller, Kyushu is definitely for you. You can discover and immerse yourself in unique culture, learning more about the history and way of life while experiencing its natural wonders.

“We quickly realised how incredibly diverse this area of Japan is. From the active volcanoes, lush ancient forests and semi tropical coastlines, there are so many places here we never knew existed.”

Each part of the region we explored had its own specialty and uniqueness. In comparison to the rest of the country, Kyushu felt much more relaxed and easy going with beautiful countryside and hidden pockets of surprising natural features. We were met with so many of the hidden gems throughout the region.

“Some of the places we stumbled upon especially on Yakushima Island felt like a hidden paradise not of this world.”

There are some opportunities to really go off the beaten path and explore nature with some extensive hikes throughout Yakushima’s ancient forests which is something that we haven’t seen in the other well known parts of Japan. The coastlines and waterfalls we experienced were a lot more subtropical and felt otherworldly to Japan, with some of the forest locations even …continue reading