Budget Travel in Japan Demystified
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Budget Travel Tips for Japan

Surviving Japan. Is it possible to make it out of Japan with your wallet? As I mentioned in my Tokyo on a Budget post, it seems that travel costs are more related to personal travel style , how much you want to spend and where you want to splurge.

September 3, 2013 25
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15 Things to Know Before you Go to Japan (Would you love Japan or think it’s crazy?)

At first I thought Japan was going to be so clean and orderly, that I might actually find it… ahem, boring. I know, I know, …shame on me for thinking that, but I’ve gotten to love traveling developing countries. Developing cultures spoil me with colorful diversity, unpredictability and the economy allows me to enjoy longer travel vacations.  They help […]

July 29, 2013 44
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Tokyo Budget Tips: Getting Around Tokyo on $30/day!

I’ve long been waiting to visit Japan. But I kept holding myself back. Why? Everyone I’ve spoken to came back to report one thing,  “Japan is expensive.”  How expensive?  One  brave friend recommended a budget of $100/day in Tokyo!  Someone else termed it wallet rape.

July 24, 2013 17
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Walking through Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Japan has a fetish subculture. But you wouldn’t know unless you know what to look for. Whether you know a lot or too little about a culture, you’ll always feel you’re missing out on comprehending

June 23, 2013 13
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What’s a better choice: Capsule hotel or a manga cafe?

After I stayed at Popeye Media Cafe in Fukuoka, I was charged to keep going.  Like my explorations of Korean love motels and bathhouses, I was ready to take the tour of manga cafes (aka manga kissas).  Afterall, what I experienced for a $12 overnight stay was pretty darned exciting and if done right, it […]

May 27, 2013 16
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Interview: Spooky Coolhunting TV Travel host, La Carmina

The travel lady I have the honor to interview today stands on the other side of that looking glass… in the world of the strangely bizarre, strange and beautiful. She’s an extraordinary lady, successful at seeking out the “off-beat, cool, bizarre and eclectic” when she travels. Let me welcome, La Carmina.

May 19, 2013 4
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Osaka Aquarium: One of the largest fishtanks in the world

I’d heard rumors that Osaka Aquarium was a pretty rock star aquarium . And you know… it was! What makes Osaka Aquarium one of the coolest fish tanks in the world?

May 15, 2013 6
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A perfect budget day pass to Osaka

The young good-looking Japanese desk attendant, working at my hostel jumped on the internet to research the best (aka cheapest) route for me . His search returned an unbelievable tourist discount package! “This is a very, very good deal! ” he said excitedly as he printed it out. “These not normal prices. This is much better than student rates!”

May 10, 2013 7
robot museum japan fukuoka
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Robosquare Museum Fukuoka: The Playful world of Robotic Technology in Japan

When you think of robots, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? For me, it’s movies like Blade Runner, Terminator and 2001: Space Odyssey, where robots turn frighteningly evil and eventually, take over the world. Scary, right? Another part of me thinks of fantasy Lego-set bots like Transformers or cute, quirky mechanized toys like Wall-E or R2-D2 from Star Wars.

May 7, 2013 9
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