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Experience Tokyo’s Most Exquisite Gourmet with Pocket Concierge

Tokyo locals pride themselves in the sheer number of stellar restaurants that can be found within the city; from sushi to teppanyaki, the city offers ample opportunities for culinary adventures. However, travelers may be especially intimidated by the often complicated and difficult procedures of reserving a seat at a highly sought after restaurant—enter Pocket Concierge, an English app and website that enables users to make a reservation at a restaurant of their choice from the app’s star-studded roster which includes Michelin approvals and Tabelog Top 5000 regulars.

Too Hot to Handle? The Best Pools Around Tokyo

Raise your hand if you feel like you want to collapse on the floor after walking five minutes from the nearest convenient store to your home. Some days in Tokyo can’t be described with any better adjective than the word, “HOT.” Many curious adventurers are completely unaware of the heat lingering in the air on the streets of Tokyo before their arrival. But the worst thing about Tokyo heat is that it is not only hot, but it’s also humid. Who knew a country so close to Russia could be so hot? But don’t bother running away to another country. Don’t even bother tinkering with the broken air conditioner of

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How To Use ATMs in Japan

To many travelers’ dismay, most ATMs in Japan do not work with cards that are issued outside of Japan. I’m sure a number of foreign tourists have that moment of utter shock and horror when they come to this realization. But there is absolutely no need to worry because there are exceptions. In Japan, you can always count on 7-Eleven to have your back. Besides offering a host of services that you wouldn’t expect from a convenient store (copy, print, international fax, etc.), 7-Eleven ATMs work with most international cards and will allow you to withdraw Japanese yen. With over 10,000 locations nationwide, there are easy to find, especially in

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Not Just for Anime Lovers: Here’s What Japan has to Offer

Whenever someone thinks about Japan, there are always certain ideas, thoughts, stereotypes, and images that can’t help but come to mind. A big one for me personally was Anime. After all, its history dates back almost 100 years and it is a distinct characteristic of Japanese culture. If you are looking to explore, learn about, or even dress up as an Anime character, Japan is absolutely where you need to be. But Japan isn’t just for Anime lovers! There is much more to this country than what might typically come to mind. For the Foodies Japan is stacked with some of the world’s most amazing restaurants and eateries. As of

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How to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo

No-one makes a sound in this place. All you can hear is the occasional sniff, cough. Anyways you get off at the right station at the right time, and you do the right thing. Ignore the residual aches of a 14 hour flight across the world, and carve your way through Tokyo’s matrix of cultural experiences, unstoppable. Because you cannot stop moving. Go to the top of high buildings and look down, take a photo of hello manga girl, click. Tokyo’s electricity supply seems to be working well; and yet, as you amble through crowds you’re at the receiving end of some pretty salty looks, click. Information is conveyed in this

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25 Things to 
Kick-Start Your Tokyo Trip

You’ve got your budget-busting airline tickets confirmed. Your passport is up to date, although the photo is still questionable. Thoughts about your job and boss, has wonderfully eroded as you envision time off from the daily grind. Luggage is neatly packed and waiting at the front door. But hold on, what about your itinerary once in Japan? Are you one of those who needs a day-by-day schedule, or would prefer to just ‘wing it‘ once you’re there? Whatever your preference is regarding what to do in Japan, where to go, what to see, and what to eat, it’s at least helpful to have some suggestions to smoothly get you out

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