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  • Japan’s Night Trains: The Izumo Sunrise Express ★ ONLY in JAPAN #32

    Japan’s Night Trains: The Izumo Sunrise Express ★ ONLY in JAPAN #32

    Night trains! That’s right. Japan has a few of them left.From Tokyo, there is one that departs daily, and if you arrive in Japan with a JR Rail Pass you can ride it – with no additional cost. That means you save on a night at a hotel while enjoying the sights of the Japanese countryside. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Departing at 10pm daily, the Sunrise Izumo & Sunrise Seto is Tokyo’s last daily night train.The […]

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  • COMPLETE WASABI GUIDE: Facts and Information with Video

    COMPLETE WASABI GUIDE: Facts and Information with Video

    If you’ve ever eaten sushi, you know about wasabi. It’s green and sort of spicy, the kind of spicy that burns through your nose. Pretty awesome, right? It dawned on me that after many years in Japan, I knew very little about this plant. I mean, was it even a condiment? How’s it grown? Where does it come from? How much does fresh wasabi really cost? Is it a root? I headed to Nagano’s DAIO WASABI FARM to get all […]

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  • The 7th floor in the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Kabukicho. It's a hotel near Golden Gai.

    Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

    There are many reasons to stay at a capsule hotel. Perhaps you missed your last train, worked too long or just plain got drunk and need somewhere to crash. For tourists visiting Japan, there’s one reason in particular. It’s an amazing only in japan experience on the cheap! Let’s face it, you’ve got to stay somewhere! One of the most popular capsule hotels in Japan is the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho neighbourhood. Shinjuku Golden Gai is only […]

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  • Put the towel on your head to keep the water clean and look very stylish!

    Japanese Public Bathing Exposed: The Naked Truth ★ ONLY in JAPAN no.26

    I remember when I first came to Japan and a new Japanese friend invited me to a sento, a public bath. My first thought was “WTF dude! I’m not going get naked with you in the same bath and pretend you aren’t some naked guy next.” I grew up bathing in private, usually with just a quick shower and have considered nudity as the first step to … you know!! He probably thought my reaction was as weird as I thought him […]

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