Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Chozuya or Temizuya – To Drink or Not to Drink?…That is the question.

You are visiting Japan and go to a shrine or temple and you notice people going to an area which looks like a tub of water and you see people drinking from it? The thought may cross your mind… “Why are they drinking the water?”, “Is it sanitary?”, “Is it clean or will I get sick? Those are all valid questions, after all, we are used to our way of […]

Travel Guide: The One about Basic Economy

You booked a flight and got it very cheap and you are now excited. But many travelers are learning that the cheap flight they paid for was “basic economy” and not regular “economy”. And for those who have read about the confusion, frustration or the anger on social media. You have every right to be upset but unfortunately, United Airlines, Delta (who has been doing it since 2012) and American […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about How to Eat Inexpensively in Japan

Quite often when I speak to people about traveling, especially to Japan, I’m always asked how much one should save.  Especial for meals and how can one eat cheap. That is not an easy question as everyone is different and depending on how many weeks you stay, would determine how much things would cost.  But let’s say that the magic number is 10 Days. Here is a rule of thumb […]

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 […]