Sony Building

Want to try out the latest technology, from VR headsets to the latest games? The Sony Building in Ginza is a nice retreat from the noise of downtown Tokyo, and also offers tax-free shopping for a range of Sony goods. Note that the Sony Building will be closed until 2022. Information Cost: FREE Open: 11Continue reading “Sony Building”

NTT InterCommunication Center

NTT InterCommunication Center (NTTインターコミュニケーション・センター) is a free media, art and communications gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. NTT is Japan’s main telephone provider, and this museum was started to commemorate the 100th anniversary of telephones in Japan. The museum has an excellent and selection of innovative, fun and thought-provoking art and multimedia pieces, and shows off someContinue reading “NTT InterCommunication Center”

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”

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”

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”

Train Guide

Japan is the king of trains.  While other developed countries have cut services and lines, Japan continues to be a pioneer in train travel.  Fast, on time and easy to use. Most station signs, in-train signs/information and announcements are done in English. Train Schedules We recommend Jorudan or  Hyperdia. Suica and Icoca cards   Suica (Tokyo) and IcocaContinue reading “Train Guide”

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”

Odaiba

Odaiba is a man-made island built during the boom economy years.  While the economic slowdown left much of it empty and derelict, it has been re-born as an seaside entertainment area. The main site of the 2012 Olympics Village, Odaiba is becoming more and more of a tourist hot spot. Budget travel tips The trainsContinue reading “Odaiba”

Akihabara

Akihabara (あきはばら/秋葉原) is the geek capital of Japan. Actually, it seems like the geek capital of the world.  Anything a geek or nerd (or Otaku as they say here) needs is available here.  For other people, Akihabara is a fascinatingly crazy place with lots of surprises. Budget travel tips Follow our recommended route on theContinue reading “Akihabara”

Shinjuku

Shinjuku (しんじゅく/新宿) is the business, entertainment and shopping mecca of Tokyo.  A must visit for anyone traveling or living in Japan. Budget travel tips Avoid eating at the expensive department store restaurants, the restaurants elsewhere are much cheaper and offer a better experience. If Shinjuku is a bit hectic, try heading to Koenji or Shimo-Kitazawa.Continue reading “Shinjuku”