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Cheap Hotels in Japan

Cheap Hotels in Japan

In the current environment, we’re constantly asked by people to aquire hotel rooms in Japan for lower prices than in the past.    The media is constantly going on about how there are all these great travel deals out there – and so now they’ve managed expectations down to zero… and that’s exactly how many cheap hotel rooms you’ll find in Japan. There are a number of factors affecting prices in Japan, and most of those have an impact on the US Traveler.  First, the Japanese travel a lot within the country and they are traveling on their...
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Getting Off the Bus

Getting Off the Bus

Who knew that it would be so hard to get OFF the bus?  We’ve all heard about how crowded the trains and buses are in Japan.  And they ARE!  And we’ve seen those videos of transit workers PUSHING more riders onto crowded trains.   But we found ourselves with a very different, and interesting dilemma. When taking crowded buses we were surprised to find that while getting on was difficult, getting off was almost impossible.  In the US, when you press the “next stop” button and stand up, people move out of the way so you can get off the bus (or...
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Letting Go of Your Baggage

Letting Go of Your Baggage

How come you never see people schlepping their luggage on the train in Japan?   Well, most gaijin have no idea that the Japanese do not take their luggage with them, but ship it ahead via the amazing “takyubbin” system.  Takyubbin is used for package and baggage shipping throughout Japan.  You can use it to have your purchases delivered from the great little boutique you found to your hotel so you don’t have to carry them all day.  You can use it to have an unwieldy bag sent ahead to the airport.  And you can use it throughout your trip to Japan to have...