Mount Fuji

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the view from the top of Mount Fuji has to be seen to be believed.  While it can get very busy, this will probably be your most memorable experience in Japan. It’s not too pricy to get there and the route up is easy to understand but challenging. ItContinue reading “Mount Fuji”

Monkey Hot Spring! Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan

The monkey hot spring in Yudanaka, Nagano has to be one of my highlights in Japan.  The area is full of countless monkeys jumping about, and of course enjoying hot springs!  Here are some photos from my trip. The entrance is pretty easy to find!  It’s a nice easy walk along the stream from here.Continue reading “Monkey Hot Spring! Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan”

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”

Osaka Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great if you have missed your last train. Staying the night at an internet cafe is easy.  Pictures menus show what is available and there is usually an English translation to help. Prices may varyContinue reading “Osaka Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddhist temples in the mountains south of Osaka.  Even if you have seen many temples before, Koyasan will really seem like it’s in another league with it’s huge structures and massive graveyard.  English support, maps and signs are great. Budget travel tips AlthoughContinue reading “Koyasan”

Yudanaka

Yudanaka and nearby Shibu Onsen are traditional hot spring areas, full of interesting old buildings, restaurants and shrines.  The area is well known for it’s monkey park, where monkeys play in a hot spring. Budget travel tips Makes for a great side trip from Nagano or Matsumoto.  The train to Yudanaka also stops at Obuse, a stunning town toContinue reading “Yudanaka”

Tokyo Love Hotel Guide

There are lots of areas to stay at or you can just walk around love hotels in Tokyo.  Before visiting one, check our Love Hotel Guide for how to get a room. Recommended Areas in Tokyo Shibuya Love Hotel Hill – The largest collection and great just to walk around. Shinjuku Kabukicho Love Hotel AreaContinue reading “Tokyo Love Hotel Guide”

Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!

Shakey’s is a chain of all you can eat pizza restaurants in Japan.  The menus are far from orthodox, and will feature  all sorts of crazy flavours and toppings.  Past favourites include marshmallow, strawberry and green tea flavour pizzas.  But if this doesn’t sounds too good, they also have plenty of more normal pizzas. AllContinue reading “Crazy Japanese All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffets for $10!”

Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!

Here are some recent ‘Engrish’ highlights from Tokyo!  Room 201 looks like fun. Someone has been using Google Translate. “No bouding port of the plantform. Amoing torans only”.  Stopped in the middle of rush hour to take this.  Want to move to Ass Building No.2? Seen in Shinjuku.  Don’t let the children listen….forever! In JapanContinue reading “Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!”

Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an unbelievable 750 yen, internet cafes are a great way to stay a night or two in a central area.  Probably much comfier than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great ifContinue reading “Tokyo Internet Cafe Accommodation”