8 Attractive Points about Yakushima Island!

8 Attractive Points about Yakushima Island!

Yakushima Island is a member of the Ōsumi island chain, approximately 60km off the southern tip of Kyushu. Yakushima is well-loved by hikers and naturalists for its beautiful cedar forests, mountain trails and unique wildlife. Easily reached by air from Kagoshima, Fukuoka or Osaka, or [Continue Reading…]

Let’s Speak Dialect in Japanese! 10 funny phrases in Okinawa!

Speak Dialect in Japanese! 10 funny-phrases in Okinawa

The Kanto region language that foreigners learn is ‘standard’ Japanese, but every region of Japan has its own local dialect (ben), and that is what this short series of articles is about. Okinawa-ben is [Continue Reading…]

7 Useful Tips about Japan Typhoon!

7 Useful Tips about Japan Typhoon!

In 1274, Kubla Khan’s Mongol army landed at Hakata Bay in Kyushu, only to be defeated by the Samurai. Seven years later, Khan tried again bringing a force of 140,00 warriors but a powerful typhoon, the kamikaze (divine wind) of legend, thwarted him. This marked the end of the Mongol empire, but [Continue Reading…]

8 Useful Tips for Exploring Shinjuku!

8 Useful Tips for Exploring Shinjuku!

Shinjuku is one of the most densely populated areas of Tokyo, offering an essential panoramic snapshot of Japanese urban society for all travelers to explore. My 8 tips are more landmarks on a broad arc that I’ll describe, so please print off a Google street map of the area to refer to. [Continue Reading…]

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Asakusa in Tokyo!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Asakusa in Tokyo!

Pick up any Tokyo guide book and you’ll find Asakusa features prominently as a must-see location, and with very good reason, for it’s been at the heart of Tokyo history and culture since the Edo period. If your hotel isn’t actually in the Asakusa area, the easiest route is[Continue Reading…]

7 Useful Tips NOT to Be Lost at Shinjuku Station!

7 Useful Tips NOT to Be Lost at Shinjuku Station!

Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, with hundreds of exits, dozens of platforms, and 3.6 million passengers going every which way daily, has been ranked as the world’s busiest station. No wonder foreign visitors get so easily lost or disoriented, because even we Japanese who regularly use the station can find it confusing. However,[Continue Reading…]