Category Archives: TRAVEL

Best Banks for Opening an Account in Japan: A Comparison Guide

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Here’s all you need to know about opening a bank account in Japan and a detailed comparison of fees and services available with the most popular banks.
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Opening a bank account
Closing a bank account
Overview of Japan banks
Fees and services comparison
ATM withdrawal fees
ATM transfer fees
Fees for receiving money from overseas
Fees for sending money overseas
Online banking services and fees

1. General requirements for opening a bank account in Japan
While you can’t open an account if you are on a 90-day tourist visa, foreigners that are here on other visa types, like work or student visa, are eligible to open an account with most banks. Generally, you would open a futsu yokin, the Japanese term for a general deposit acco

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How to Visit Hashima Island (Gunkanjima or Battleship Island)

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You’ve seen it in Skyfall and all over the media. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Nagasaki Prefecture’s abandoned Hashima Island, better known as Gunkanjima (or “Battleship Island”), has attracted attention for its post-apocalyptic appearance.
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What happened on Gunkanjima?
Things to know before visiting Hashima Island
Battleship Island tour companies
Getting to Nagasaki
Making sure you have the right island in mind

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What happened on Battleship Island?
As a world-class undersea mining operation, the island was once a symbol of Japan’s rapid industrialization. Bought by Mitsubishi in 1890, the previously uninhabited island was transformed with modern buildings and conveniences.

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How to Get Cheap Flights Between Tokyo and Seoul

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Whether you are staying in Tokyo for a while and want to take a side trip, or you plan to continue your travels onward to/from South Korea—Tokyo and Seoul are separated by about 2.5 hours on a plane, and flights are often dirt cheap. Here’s how to find the best air deals between the two cities.
A number of (mainly Korean) low-cost carriers (LCCs) operate between Tokyo and Seoul, and prices are super reasonable in both directions. Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, also has a large international airport, and LCC flights to Seoul leave daily—however, not quite as frequently as between Tokyo and Seoul.
How to find cheap flights between Tokyo and Seoul
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A good place to start is a fare comparison site like Skyscanner. They p

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Myotokuji Temple, Toyo Daishi

At the end of my 11th day walking the Shikoku Pilgrimage I had crossed the border from Tokushima into Kochi and was about bto start the long stretch down the coast to the cape. Myotokuji Temple, lo9cally known as Toyo Daishi, is not one of the 88 temples of the pilgrimage, nor is it one of the twenty extra Bangai temples on the route, yet it is well known to walking pilgrims.

Between the

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