Meguro Parasitological Museum

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a truly ‘only in Japan’ experience! This free museum is dedicated to bugs, parasites and other creepy crawlies. It claims to be the only such museum in the world, and the experience is definitely not a standard tourist one. Be prepared to be both shocked and amazed! Especially at theContinue reading “Meguro Parasitological Museum”

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”

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”

Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an around one thousand yen, internet cafes are a super cheap way to stay in the city.  Probably much more comfortable than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great if you haveContinue reading “Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation”

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”

Top Capsule Hotels In Osaka

There are plently of cheap capsule hotels in Osaka, many with a spa.  If you are not familiar with them, check out our capsule hotel first experience post. Tokyo capsule hotels can be found here. Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to theContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Osaka”

Amemura (America Town)

Amemura (アメリカ村) is a lively, youthful area in Osaka. It’s full of Japan’s take on American culture and therefore makes for great people watching and window shopping. Budget travel tips Save money and walk to Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade or Dotonbori Street after Amemura. Come with an empty stomach, as there is some cheap and tasty JapanesyContinue reading “Amemura (America Town)”

Den Den Electric Town

Den Den Electric Town is Osaka’s answer to Akihabara.  Huge electronic shops selling anything you can imagine, maid cafes, game arcades and lots of other exciting 21st century attractions. Budget travel tips The game arcade machines are often only 100 yen, so probably much cheaper than you would pay at home. Enjoy! Use the mapContinue reading “Den Den Electric Town”

Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel

Tampozan Marketplace (天保山マーケットプレイス) and the Ferris wheel next to it make for a nice morning or afternoon.  Great if you need a rest from all the shrines and temples in Kyoto!  Walk around the area for a nice view of Osaka’s coast. Budget travel tips The Naniwa Food Theme Park is a little expensive, butContinue reading “Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel”

Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market is a fascinating market in central Osaka.  There seems to be an endless supply of strange and interesting stalls for tourists to have a look and and maybe purchase something. No chain stores here, just locals selling their goods. Budget travel tips Get here in the morning if you can, it gets very lively! Don’t bring anyContinue reading “Kuromon Market”