Travel with regional JR Passes

Himeji castle

The national JR Pass can be a great money saving tool when used correctly, but for those visitors on a tight budget, it can seem really expensive. If you want to see a bit of Japan outside major cities without spending too much, then a regional JR Pass may be the way to go. These can get you away from the big cities to some really interesting places such as Himeji castle, pictured above. Continue reading “Travel with regional JR Passes”

Visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup?

Rugger Fifteen restaurant

If you’ve been lucky enough to get tickets in the latest release, you’ll now be planning your trip to Japan. The match locations are spread across Japan and people unfamiliar with Japan may be wondering how to get around. Unfortunately the standard brand name travel guides aren’t always useful, because some of the stadiums are in less-touristed areas and aren’t mentioned in standard itineraries. Here’s some information to get you started in planning travel and sightseeing. Continue reading “Visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup?”

Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo Tower

Many first time visitors to Tokyo are overwhelmed by the choice of accommodation and by the size of the city. It’s worth thinking about the location of your accommodation, as this can affect how you feel about your trip. The key things to look for are accessibility to transport and sights, proximity to restaurants, and something to do in the evening. In Tokyo there are numerous areas to stay, and it can be difficult for the first-time visitor to decide. Continue reading “Where to stay in Tokyo”