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4 Tips to Make Moving to Japan as Smooth as Possible

If you're thinking about moving to Japan, then you've made an excellent choice. There are many Asian countries to choose from, but Japan offers a balanced mix of rich history with all the creature comforts of a First World country as well. From the golden...


What To Do In 4 Popular Layover Cities Before You Come To Japan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, is an astounding 14-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport. Planes take off from the west coast cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle to fly north along the coast of Alaska. Then it's a left...


4 Packing Tips Before You Go To Japan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are so many great things that come to mind when one thinks of Japan. Cherry blossoms, sushi, and anime are the most obvious treats that the island country has to offer. It's no wonder that millions of tourists flock to Japan each year to...


The Best Way for Expats in Japan to Ship Packages

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Featured image credit: Packaging Utah So you bought some cool stuff in some of Japan’s best shopping districts? And if they’re gifts you might want to send them back home to the U.S. Your options for shipping them back are relatively straightforward. You can bring them along...

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Dining Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss While in Japan

Dining in Japan An izakaya is a Japanese “gastropub,” where people go to casually eat and drink among friends and coworkers. You’ll find izakayas in pretty much every city, town, and neighborhood of Japan. They typically serve small tapas-style dishes and are the perfect place to...


Place to Visit: Kanazawa Also Known as “Little Kyoto”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]from In the heart of the beautiful Hokuriku region, on the coast of the Japan Sea, there is Kanazawa. It is one of Japan’s loveliest and best-preserved historical cities. Often compared to Kyoto (though significantly smaller), Kanazawa is renowned for its impeccable geisha and samurai districts. It...


Sumo Tournaments: Complete Guide

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sumo is both an exhilarating sporting event and a fascinating cultural experience, and it’s worth going out of your way to attend a sumo tournament (basho) when you visit Japan. The only problem for travelers is that the official sumo tournaments only take place 6 times...


Yanaka: Nostalgic Neighborhood of Tokyo

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Narrow winding streets lined with new indie cafes and senbei shops passed down through generations, Yanaka is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. A quiet neighborhood with a popular market street, beautiful sakura-lined cemetery and plenty of temples—it’s no surprise this part of town...


Tokyo Ice Cream Shops: Tasty Towers and Freaky Flavors

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Tokyo Ice Cream Shops One of the perks of summer is ice cream. Cold, sweet and ideally with a flake in it, there’s nothing better on a hot day. Hence, you’ll be wanting to make your way to these Tokyo ice cream shops. Tokyo, as it does with...