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Hakone Torii Gate - JR Pass Japan Budget Guide (Tokyo to Osaka)

An ever-popular destination no matter the season, the Land of the Rising Sun is nothing short of good food, amazing cleanliness, and a myriad of distinctive sub-cultures. A multi-faceted country once you start exploring deeper, there’s always something new to discover in Japan, where traditional and modern elements combine to form something special.

If you grew up playing the the famous RPG games Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter, or watching the anime series Detective Conan and Sailor Moon you're in for a treat at the Universal Cool Japan 2018 event — Attractions only up till June 24th 2018! It's...
This Hakone guide will show you the best route to getting around Hakone — especially for those who only have a day to spare. Hakone felt a lot like exploring Disneyland — think pirate ships, old trains that zig zag...
Explore the Kansai region with the Kansai-Hiroshima JR Pass for less than S$900 with this 8-day Japan itinerary. After realising we were able to explore Osaka, Kyoto and Nara for under S$70 a day (including flights and accommodation), we were back...
Every time I visit Japan, I feel the urge to bring a piece of it back with me. Most of the time, snacks make up the bulk of my souvenirs. The Tohoku region is know for it’s fresh produce —...
There are many ways to understand a new land and its people; my favourite of all, is through its literature. As we travelled through Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau & Bangkok — each with massively different cultures and lifestyles, I studied the...
Traditionally a men-only accommodation for the local salary men who missed their last train home, capsule hotels in Japan are progressing into cosy and affordable accommodation options for both male and female foreign travellers. Despite only having space for a bed,...
Japan has the steepest population decline in the world, where a good 60% of unmarried women and 70% of unmarried men, are not in a relationship. In a country where love and affection can be bought (or facilitated) with host/hostess...
#FoodForThought: Not all things were created equal — my insatiable appetite, and my finite physical capacity for food. About 2 hours North of Tokyo, Yamagata prefecture’s mountainous region is the perfect backdrop to enjoy Japan’s nature and savour some of the...
Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studios may be popular theme park favourites in Japan. But if you're an adrenaline junkie looking to put your guts to test in some of the world's best roller coasters, Fuji Q Highland is where...
Be it your first or twenty-seventh time travelling to Tokyo, food will always remain at the top of your agenda. We are all mad for some good Japanese cuisine, so visiting the capital of Japan is basically a pilgrimage....
Tokyo is probably one of the busiest capitals in the world but other than its endless neon-lit skyscrapers and scenic gardens lined with Cherry trees, the city is bustling with quirky adventures you probably wouldn't find anywhere else in the...
Think winter in Japan and Hokkaido’s white powdery Sapporo ski slopes and Nagano’s onsen-soaking snow monkeys come to mind. But Japan’s natural winter wonders have another secret, and way less crowded, hideout in Yamagata! Best bit, it is only...
Address: 3-22-9 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Cost/night: Mixed Dormitory ¥3600/night Check in/Check out: 3.00p.m. – 12.00a.m./10.00a.m. TL;DR: - Amazing hostel to stay in with awesome facilities, and, PRIVACY! - Logistically great as there are many convenience stores, food joints, and a train station nearby. - Decent WiFi and common...
Address: 17-25 Oyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 151-0065, Japan Cost/night: From ¥21,667 Check-in/Check-Out: Check-in is available from 11am-5pm. Special arrangements for early or late check-in can be made with the 1-3rd staff prior to the stay. Website: 1-3rd Residence Tokyo Apartments TL;DR: - Great for groups of 4–5 friends -...
If you’ve ever stepped into Japan, you’ll know a huge part of getting around is by the Shinkasen (bullet trains). Trains travel at 320km/hr — cutting the travel time to other cities almost by half when driving. For ¥18,000, the JR East...
Commonly labelled as an expensive destination, some travellers may be unwilling to pay for a pricey room or bed just for a night in Japan. However, as much as we want to get a cheap place to stay, it...
Japan was incredible - from the delicious food in Osaka and kyoto to the lovable animals we met in cafes, I wanted to to keep every memory as vividly as I could. While some people do it through photography, journals or even vlogs, my...
Every year, millions of tourists flock to see the cherry blossoms in spring. Yet, in winter, autumn or summer, Japan still continues to be one of the most beautiful countries in Asia, promising you an experience that leaves you enchanted. In our recent...
Day Trip to Nara When people talk about Nara, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the free roaming deers. Indeed, we loved the interactions with the deers, especially how polite they were when scoring deer crackers from us. However, it's important...
Was it worth waking up early to watch the 415am tuna auction? After just 3 hours of sleep, we stumbled groggily out of the cab at 4am. No buses or trains were running at that time and light had only...

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