8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

Until 2010, with the completion of a new runway and International Terminal building, Haneda Airport was principally used for domestic flights. Then, in 2014, the International Terminal was doubled in size, allowing for a greater volume of intercontinental flights during more convenient daytime slots. [Continue Reading…]

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Tokyo Station!

7 Useful Tips to Enjoy Tokyo Station

It may surprise you, but Tokyo Station has been registered as an important cultural heritage site by government decree since 2003! Widely praised for its architecture, it is best seen from outside at night when it is lit up. But there is a lot more to Tokyo Station’s interior than trains and platforms; it is a world unto itself with a great deal to offer the visitor. Here are just a few of its many attractions, inside and out.[Continue Reading…]

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Omotesando Like Japanese Women!

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Omotesando Like Japanese Women!

Originally laid in in the Taishō era as the main approach to Meiji Shrine, Omotesando is an avenue stretching from the shrine’s entrance, all the way to Aoyama-dori and Omotesando Station. It is famous for the zelkova trees that line its route, as well as for a dazzling number of high-fashion outlets and boutiques. Without doubt, it is fashion that draws so many Japanese women to the area.[Continue Reading…]

7 Recommended “Sakura” Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo!

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo

From the end of March to early April, the parks, temples and shrines of Tokyo are shrouded in a pink canopy of cherry blossoms (sakura); this is a culturally significant time for all Japanese, and should definitely not be missed by visitors at this time of year. Here, then, are just a few of my favorite places for viewing Tokyo sakura.[Continue Reading…]

6 Ways to Avoid ‘Chikan’ Perverts in Tokyo

6 Ways to Avoid ‘Chikan’ Perverts in Tokyo

There is a kind of aberrant male behavior that females should be aware of in Tokyo: ‘chikan’. Loosely translated, chikan means ‘pervert’ and describes any male who molests females in public places; these repellent inadequates have been an unfortunate part of the Japanese landscape for as long as I can remember. However, I must stress that Tokyo remains one of the safest cities in the world for women; in most areas, women can still walk home at night without fear of being molested. [Continue Reading…]

7 Important Points for Living in a Tokyo Apartment

7 Important Points for Living in a Tokyo Apartment

For the foreigner coming to work in Tokyo, finding accommodation is a major first hurdle. For one thing, the housing stock may be unfamiliar, and secondly, the procedures, traditions and fees involved in finding a Tokyo apartment can be confusing. Fortunately, Japanese companies that employ foreigners are used to dealing with these issues. Here, then, are seven things you might be interested to know about renting a Tokyo apartment.[Continue Reading…]