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How to get tickets for Ghibli Museum

Just like every child has dreamed of going to Disney Land or Disney World and meeting all the characters, if you’ve watched any of Miyazaki Hayao’s films you’ve dreamt of going to the Ghibli Museum. The Ghibli Museum is nothing in size compared to any of the Disney parks, but it has its own magic to it. Come and meet Totoro or any of your favorite characters from the famous Hayao anime films!

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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3 Days in Kamakura: Your Japan Travel Itinerary

If you’ve made the long trip from your hometown to come to Tokyo, why not spend less than an hour on the train and visit Kamakura too? Kamakura, located in the Kanagawa prefecture, is the old military capital of Japan offering a completely different scenery and vibe than Tokyo. You don’t know the first thing about Kamakura so it’d be too hard to make the trip down and know what to see? No worries there, I’ve prepared a 3 day itinerary to make the trip as easy and enjoyable for you as possible!

Climbing Fuji San

If you’re considering coming to Japan, the idea of climbing Mt. Fuji, or Fuji San, has certainly crept into your head. After all, the iconic mountain is more than just a beautiful volcano and popular tourist destination; it’s a revered cultural symbol that holds a semi-deity status in Shintoism, and is a place for worshippers to pay homage. But before you grab your boots and head off to trek up the sacred mountain, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.

Don’t be Silly, Airbnb Isn’t Only for Backpackers!

As a backpacker, when I look for places to stay at night, I usually just look for the cheapest option that doesn’t look absolutely awful. Because I’m usually traveling for a few months, I need to make sure I can stretch every dollar I have. The easiest way to stretch each dollar is saving on accommodation. When I’m traveling on a business trip this is a whole different situation. Although I want to save every penny I have, sleep and comfort is a lot more important during a business trip. I always choose to use Airbnb instead of a hotel for a number of reasons. Save money! First and foremost,

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What’s Your Medicine?

Go to the city. With taxi cabs, jazz clubs, rats and discoteques, you’ll be cured of all of what ails you. Nature can only do so much. However each city provides quite a specific type of medicine, and places like New York, London, Paris and Tokyo will do something quite different to your bloodstream. What’s your medicine? New York is penicillin: the first antibiotic and the original modern city. If the city you’re swallowing down derives some of its power from a self-made myth, it owes something to New York. London is aspirin: classic, old, dependable. Through the romantic beauty of cigarette butts, the Thames and the Tate it eases

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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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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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How to Navigate Through Tokyo Like a Boss

Get those Memory Cells and Tongue Warmed Up – You’ll Need It After hours of waiting at the airport and being cooped up in a giant metal incubator of germs (maybe even with hoards of crying babies and toddlers) the last thing you want to do, is getting lost once you’ve arrived in Tokyo. You don’t even want to think about navigating through a densely populated city, while hauling your luggage around causing spinal and shoulder paralysis. In fact, all you can think about is checking into your hotel, taking a hot shower, and hitting the sack—even though it’s only 7 a.m. back home.  If you’re a seasoned traveler and are

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