Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan

Japanese people are some of the worst English speakers in the world, so it’s best the learn a few key phrases before you visit Japan. There will be times when you are trying to communicate with someone who has absolutely no English ability. Having said that, one of the great things about Japan is thatContinue reading “Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan”

Tax Free Shopping in Japan

Japan has a sales tax (sometimes known as VAT) of 8%, going up to 10% in the future, but those with a tourist visa are eligible for tax-free shopping. If you love shopping and want to get some bargains, there has never been a better time to visit Japan. With a great exchange rate for mostContinue reading “Tax Free Shopping in Japan”

Free tour guides in Osaka

Thought Osaka is just a concrete jungle? Getting a guide to show your around is a great way to really get to know this city and its surrounds. Even better if they are free! Foreigner Guides Net Osaka This group are able to offer guides in various languages and can take you anywhere you want.Continue reading “Free tour guides in Osaka”

Free Tour Guides in Tokyo

Tokyo is a big city, a really big city. A tour guide can help new visitors to get around the maze of areas that make people call Tokyo a “city of cities”. Capital Tokyo West (CTW) SGG Focusing on western areas of Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, this is a great tour group for any kind of visitor.Continue reading “Free Tour Guides in Tokyo”

Free Tour Guides in Nara

Nara has lots to offer and many tourists spend just a day or two here, so a guide can be super helpful. Here are some good services to use: Nara Student Guide Eager students from local universities can also take you around Nara. One-day tours of the major tourist areas and World Heritage sites offered. OfficialContinue reading “Free Tour Guides in Nara”

Free Tour Guides in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of Japan’s best cities to visit, but with all the great shrines and temples it can be a bit confusing. Which ones are best? How do I find out about the histories and beliefs behind them? There are so many ways in which a volunteer travel guide can help. Sakura Volunteer GuideContinue reading “Free Tour Guides in Kyoto”

Top 5 Free Tour Guide Services in Japan

Just about to book that expensive tour guide to show you around Japan? No need! There are hundreds of FREE volunteer guides in Japan. Here are our top groups and organisations: Goodwill Guides The official, national organisation for free guides in Japan. The volunteers are Japanese people who want use their foreign language skills toContinue reading “Top 5 Free Tour Guide Services in Japan”

Travel costs in Japan

Japan isn’t as expensive as people often say, but visitors should expect to pay a lot more than other Asian countries. What makes Japan so much better though is that because of all the great transportation, you can do much more in one day. Daily Costs Here are some rough numbers for budget travelers coming toContinue reading “Travel costs in Japan”