Yamagata

Yamagata (山形) is a small city near Sendai, which is a good transportation and accommodation hub for Yamedera and Zao Onsen. Budget travel tips There is a small castle in the center, Yamagata Castle, which is a nice way to spend some time, but not a must-see. Consider staying here to save on sometimes pricier options outside theContinue reading “Yamagata”

The best hot spring in Japan? Nyuto Onsen, Akita

Tsuru-No-Yu Hot Spring (鶴の湯温泉) is the most famous hot spring in Nyuto Onsen, and one of the most iconic in the whole of Japan. It takes a few bus trips, or a hike to get here, but it’s totally worth the wait. Tsuru-No-Yu Hot Spring is filled with very silky, almost milk-like water that is saidContinue reading “The best hot spring in Japan? Nyuto Onsen, Akita”

Exploring the beautiful, luminous Tazawa Lake

Tazawa Lake really took our breath away. Before going I thought it was just a big lake, but Tazawa Lake is really unique and worth going all the way to visit. What makes it so unique is that all the hot spring water feeding it has given it a strangely luminous, sometimes transparent, appearance. The boatContinue reading “Exploring the beautiful, luminous Tazawa Lake”

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉) is one of the most famous hot spring towns in Japan, with it’s silky white water and traditionally styled hot spring buildings. It’s a great place to spend some time relaxing or hiking in Tohoku. Budget travel tips Most hot springs only open from 10AM to 2/3PM for non-staying guests. Bring a towel,Continue reading “Nyuto Onsen”

Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa (田沢湖) is a luminous blue lake in Tohoku and the deepest lake in Japan. It’s a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. Even during the busy holidays, it remains a quiet and relaxing place to visit. Budget travel tips Be super careful with train times, as local trains to Lake Tazawa are not veryContinue reading “Lake Tazawa”

10 Ways to Get Free Wifi Access in Japan

While Japan is far behind other developed counties in terms of free WiFi/internet access, things have got a lot better over the last few years.  It is now at the point where you really don’t need to take out an expensive roaming wifi plan or rent a Japanese smartphone at the airport.  Here are some placesContinue reading “10 Ways to Get Free Wifi Access in Japan”

Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Osaka

Just like Tokyo, Osaka has plenty of cheap and comfortable guesthouses and hostels.  We have chosen the friendliest, and the ones where you can meet people and get travel tips. Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel  A brand new youth hostel, right next to the Shinkansen station for Osaka.  Japanese and western style rooms available. Price: Dorms fromContinue reading “Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Osaka”

Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Kyoto

As Kyoto is mostly still a traditional place the guesthouses and hostels continue this style, while still offering low prices. Therefore most of these recommendations, but not all, will have rooms with traditional Tamami floors and futons.   Even if this does not sound appetising, just try it for one night! Backpackers Hostel K’s HouseContinue reading “Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Kyoto”

Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Tokyo

There are plenty of cheap guesthouses and hostels in Tokyo, including right in the center.  They are also a great places to meet people and pick up some traveling tips or recommendations.  Here are some of the best: Khaosan Hostels This well-known guesthouse chain has a variety of cheap and clean guesthouses in central locations.Continue reading “Top Guesthouses and Hostels in Tokyo”

Osaka Love Hotel Guide

Osaka has a huge selection of love hotels areas.  Before visiting one, check our Love Hotel Guide for how to get a room. Recommended Areas in Osaka Nanba Love Hotel Area – the main red-light district in Osaka. Nipponbashi Love Hotel Area – a little quieter than Nanba. Tabumachi Love Hotel Area – cool street with some interesting love hotels. UmedaContinue reading “Osaka Love Hotel Guide”

The Love Hotel Experience

Love hotels are a great way to stay the night in any large city in Japan, whether you are with that special someone or not. The rooms are actually pretty fancy, just like a modern hotel.  But the prices are cheap, very cheap!  Expect to only pay between 6000 to 10000 yen a night, dependingContinue reading “The Love Hotel Experience”

Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto

There are a few good capsule hotels in Kyoto and they seem to be more interesting than in other cities  If you are not familiar with them, check out our capsule hotel first experience post.  Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to the capsuleContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto”