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Karaoke: Japan’s #1 Must-Do Activity

If you’re visiting Japan, you can’t leave without going to karaoke. Rumour has it they will even check at customs. They aren’t kidding when they say karaoke is an other-worldly experience unlike any other here… so what exactly makes it so great? Let me break it down for you. First, you get a private room. …



Why Mt Takao is Better Than Mt Fuji

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If your time in Tokyo is getting to you, the tall buildings, the sounds, the pace… visit the country. Forget a day trip to Mt Fuji 3776 metres tall and 2 hours away, it’s much cooler, closer younger sibling Mt Takao is welcoming you with open arms. We’ve got you covered on how to get …



One Hour in a Tokyo Cat Café

If you’re a cat person like me, I bet you’ll struggle to adjust to the fact the stray cats on the streets of Japan are not safe to pet. Well, the good news is that the Japanese are a very considerate bunch and have got a whole lot of clean, healthy ones available for visits… in …



5 Reasons to Spend an Afternoon in Local Yoyogi Uehara

If you came to Tokyo to walk the walk and talk the talk of urban Japanese life, not just see the sights, the answer you’re searching for (and that I can’t recommend highly enough) is a local walking tour. Thanks to our friends at Ellista Tours, we were able to do just this in the quaint …



RWC 2019- Low Tackles & Highballs

With just over 300 days to go to the 9th Rugby World Cup in Japan the excitement is rising. This weekend’s Bledisloe Cup Final attracted a record crowd of 46,143 for a test match in Japan. On the pitch? A clean sweep for New Zealand who did little to puncture their air of invincibility. The …



RWC 2019- What to Expect & What to Plan

For rugby fans worldwide the Rugby World Cup 2019 pre-tournament excitement is building. There’s a veritable online scrum for tickets & hotel information as fans get to grip with the enormity of what they’ve signed up for. In Japan too the excitement is building- albeit at a simmering pace. Fans of rugby represent a minority …



RWC 2019- A Truly Scary Experience

Japan- the land of enigma. Where baseball pips Sumo as the national sport. Where there are more practicing rugby players than in New Zealand. Where people who follow Sumo and come from the land of head-chopping Samurai warriors genuinely view rugby as a scary sport. Is rugby really scary? Guess so if you’ve no idea …



Japan from Lost to Found in 2020

The In-between Years For the last two decades I have mostly experienced Japan as a frequent visitor- a tourist, an in-betweener. Not ascribing to a clear identity when in Japan has had its benefits. As a visitor you are treated as such. As a visitor you can fluff your lines now & then- ignore some …



How To Be The Perfect Tourist

Going to a foreign country can be quite a culture shock to some people. It is exciting, exhilarating, scary, and terrifying, all at the same time. Because you are in a new and unfamiliar environment, you should be mindful of the local customs and traditions to avoid coming across as rude and disrespectful, or get …



The Most Dangerous Places To Visit For Tourists

One of the most important factors to consider when picking the perfect holiday destination is safety. When planning your next trip, you should remember to check the latest news and current events on which countries are struggling in terms of security and safety, so as not to put yourself and/or your loved ones at risk …






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