Travel Guide: Japan – The One about How To Find Out Your Suica/Pasmo IC Card Balance If You Live Outside of Japan

I have written about IC Cards, such as Suica and Pasmo. But let’s assume you are planning to go back to Japan and are not sure how much money you have on your IC Card. Fortunately, there is an app called Suica Reader and if you have a newer android phone like Samsung 7 or so, you can easily find out how much yen you have on your card. Here […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Purchasing Airline Tickets to Japan via H.I.S.

As many of you can tell from this website, I love to travel and I especially love visiting Japan. While there are some people who strike when the iron is hot when they see social media posts of insane ticket sales going on.  I don’t like to wait until the last minute. I like to make sure that my flight is paid for months in advance, my hotel is reserved […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One About Buying Clothes in Japan, Part 1

You are in Japan and you see a cool shirt or jacket that is your size and you buy it, take it back to the hotel or back to your country and you find out… it doesn’t fit! Using America as an example, since I am from the United States…for shirts or sweaters, buy two sizes up. This is a realization that many people learn quickly about clothes in Japan, […]

Travel Guide: The One about the Best Debit Card to Bring for Traveling and with No Foreign Transaction Fees

When it comes to traveling, there are a few things I have learned when it comes to using a debit card overseas: a) Do not use my main ATM/Debit Card when I travel b) Find another bank where I put my budgeted travel money and it must be free, no foreign transaction fees and offers their own personal debit card After experiencing the “Foreign Transaction Fee” fiasco a few years […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about How to Watch Live Japanese Baseball Games During Your Visit to Japan

Between March through November in Japan, it’s baseball season. And baseball games in Japan are entertaining, lively and a different vibe than what one would experience in the United States.  As one friend would say, it’s like a baseball game and concert mushed into one. In Japan, the baseball teams are: Central League: Yomiuri Giants (Tokyo) Yakult Swallows (Tokyo) Hiroshima Carp (Hiroshima) Hanshin Tigers (Osaka) DeNa Yokohama Baystars (Yokohama) Chunichi […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Doing Coin-Op Laundry in Japan

A friend was asking me about laundry in Japan. As I didn’t stay at an AirBNB or a friend’s place to access someone’s laundry machine, the hotels that I have been to have public laundry machines.  So, knowing this, I always bring a net (like the athletic sports equipment nets to hold footballs, basketballs, etc.) as a laundry bag. It’s very light to fit in your luggage and easy to […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about a Beginner’s Guide to Convenience Stores in Japan

You may be wondering why people talk about going to convenience stores in Japan. If you are from the United States, the first thing to do is eliminate what you have seen at your American convenience store, eliminate the thoughts of lottery tickets, slurpees, soda, gatorade, candy bars, old burritos and soggy sandwiches. Convenience stores (konbini, pronounced as kohn-bee-nee) are where people can get quality, fresh food; manga/magazines; face products/hair […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Getting Gas for your Car in Japan

For those who are planning to travel and drive in Japan, one may see quite a number of gas stations that may resemble your gas station in your country. For those in the United States, one may look at the sign and think its similar to the three tiers of gas from regular ’87 and up.  But it’s a little different Japan. One thing I must first explain is that […]