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Airbnb or Hotel? How to Get the Most Out of Tokyo

Your next vacation or business trip is fast approaching and you still haven’t figured out a place to stay. Quit procrastinating already and let me help you look at your options. So what’ll it be? Hotel? Resort? Hostel? Those crazy-looking capsule pods? There are plenty of options when traveling to Tokyo and depending on what your plans are, some may be better than others. You may have also heard about this new-ish service called Airbnb. It’s been around since 2008 but it’s starting to become extremely popular all across the world including Asia. What is Airbnb? First, let’s cover the basics. Airbnb is a service in which homeowners rent out a

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How to Use a Japanese Intercom

One of the most frequently asked questions for vacation rentals properties is about the mishandling of the intercom. It’s perfectly understandable if you are traveling with someone else but you only have one key for your stay. What you do in those times is that, one of you will have to ring the intercom and the other one has to pick up the door phone and open the door. Simple. Until you see the panel. For example when you see this, it’s the simplest and rather older version, therefore it’s a bit simpler. To speak: Pick up the receiver and it’s already connected. – “Hello? John, is that you?”  

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How to Mind Your Manners in Japan: Home Etiquette 101

Congratulations, you’ve successfully booked your first Japanese accommodation! Now you just have to sit back and wait for the days to fly by. Perhaps you’ll flip through some guidebooks, or read up on how to get to and from the airport, but what about Japanese home etiquette? You’re traveling to a country where most things are different from back home, and housing is no exception—not to mention that everything will be written in Japanese. Here are a few tips that’ll help you be a star vacation rental guest in Japan. First Things First What do you do first when you walk through your apartment door? Do you walk over to the

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Need an Airbnb Rental? Just Be Careful of These Hosts

The internet has definitely spoiled us in recent years. Today for example, sites like Airbnb can offer guests superb service and a cost-effective alternative to expensive and at times, limited hotels. All it takes is, just a few clicks and you’re able to find cozy, comfortable, and affordable accommodation for your next vacation or business trip. Hosts around the globe rent single rooms, or sometimes even their entire home or apartment, for travelers passing through their city, all for a reasonable rate. Although the concept seems very beneficial to save money, there are risks involved and countless horror stories to prove it.   Therefore, use this guide to help you

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How to Choose the Perfect Airbnb Home in Tokyo

Your home away from home Whether you’re coming to Tokyo for business or pleasure, by yourself or with others, there’s something to be said about staying in the comfort of a home. Airbnb provides that comfort halfway around the world. However, choosing a place to stay can be really challenging especially when you’re deciding on staying at a complete stranger’s house. The obvious factor is money. When travelling, your budget is an important factor in making your decision. When searching make sure you set your budget on your price range filter! Other than that, it’s important to pay close attention to all the specifics of what each Airbnb offers. Location Tokyo

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5 Vacation rental platforms in Japan

Vacation rentals are now almost the most popular way of traveling in the west especially in the Europe and America. However, it still remains a foreign and new service in Japan.  Therefore, Japan seems to have become the newest target of the market. The question we have is; Among many of the vacation rental platforms, what’s the difference in terms of the service in Japan ? Airbnb The hottest, and the biggest in Japan. It also has a full Japanese site with full support. With its large publicity, Airbnb has quickly gained popularity in Japan and thus, now the strongest competitor in the market. Presumably, what makes Japanese people feel

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What to do when you lose something in Japan

Travel troubles…(sigh) Although we live in a digitalized generation, our most precious belongings are still in physical forms. Passports, phone, driver’s license, and key to your VR stay ? Sadly it’s also true that your belongings get a little messy while  you’re traveling because you don’t know what you might need. You want to take quality of pictures, but you also don’t want to get wet if it rains, and sometimes you put on an unnecessary extra layer of jacket. Then what happens is you lose one of them. Panicking is for sure, but here, let us prepare you some tips to help you in such situation. Magical (useful) phrases 

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Would You Like a More Homey Stay While Visiting Tokyo? 
These Are The 10 Best Choices According To Reviews !

As a traveler, perhaps you may have wondered about one thing regarding accommodation while scrolling through countless search results: “Which one of these is the best? How can I differentiate between them, and whittle it down to the favorable choices? Although there are many ways to measure whether a particular listing is good or unfavorable, reviews from other previous guests can indeed be highly beneficial. They are most unbiased, and can give you a clearer way to determine if the place suits your needs. This particular review system is how Airbnb removes people’s apprehension when staying at stranger’s home, or the fear of letting unknown guests stay in their own

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Traveling East in Japan and Need WiFi? You Can’t Pass Up This Free Service!

NTT East Free Wi-Fi is a free service for travelers in the eastern regions of Japan, particularly from Tokyo to Hokkaido. This handy service of which everybody should take advantage, allows you to connect to the internet at all its hotspots around the aforementioned areas. And here’s the kicker, with no cost for two weeks! How can anybody turn that down? Its instructions and the activation isn’t a one-click-and-go process, but it’s nothing that’ll scorch your retinas nor wrack your brain, so fear not.   “Do I need to get the WiFi card, or is creating the account enough? Do I need to install an app? If so, what does

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Pocket Wifi in Japan – How it Works

Wifi availability is now an essential part of traveling overseas. You want to share your memories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. as well as responding to emergency emails and such. Unfortunately, there are not so many public wifi service in Japan. Although its number is increasing, we recommend using a rental wifi router to connect to the internet. Less than 10 days of stay Wifirental.com provides you with a pocket wifi router for less than ¥500 per day, and they will also deliver it to you within a day.Upon returning, only thing you need to do is to stop by the nearest convenience store and send it back to the

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