I'm going to tell you a secret that a lot of people don't know — there are a LOT of cheap eats and affordable restaurants in Japan! Really. On top of the incredible menu prices, tipping is also discouraged. If you're planning a trip, you truly don't need a big budget for food. When I first visited Japan in 1996, a whole new world opened up for me. I’m allergic to fish, so … [Read more...] about The Best Cheap Eats and Affordable Restaurants in Japan
Even if you’ve never been to Japan, you’ve probably heard about their amazing train system. If you’re planning a trip, you might be trying to make sense of everything you’re reading online. Many official websites in Japan are wonderful, but when you hit the “translate” button, it can get a little confusing. That’s why I’ve put together this post as a guide to trains in … [Read more...] about A Guide to Japan by Train
We love it so much that it’s hard to imagine that there are best and worst times to visit Japan. In fact, we'd just live there year-round if we could! If you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip, though, you will want to time it right. Having been there multiple times over the years, we do have some suggestions for making the most of your time. Japan is a magnificent … [Read more...] about The Best and Worst Times to Visit Japan
There are more than 50,000 convenience stores in Japan! You might think that, with that many, you’d get tired of them, but we couldn’t get enough. Whether we were in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, or Tokyo, we always kept our eyes peeled for 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, or our favorite, Lawson. We were thrilled that there were several near us when we stayed at the Universal Port Hotel … [Read more...] about Why You Need to Eat at Convenience Stores in Japan
When we started using thrill rides as therapy for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), we knew we’d have to make a trip to Fuji-Q Highland. The theme park is located at the base of Mount Fuji and it’s absolutely spectacular! It’s everything you could love about Japan — unique rides, cool costumes, efficient operations, and spectacular views. We can’t wait to go … [Read more...] about Fuji-Q Highland Tips, Tickets and More!