TRAVEL GUIDE: The One About the Meaning of Fox Statues at Shrines

You have seen it at many Shrines throughout Japan.  Fox statues galore. Perhaps one of the few places where you will see a lot of them are in Kyoto at Fushimi Inari Jinja where they are everywhere.  May it be at the main path or hidden paths, there are fox statues everywhere. But what do they symbolize? In Japan, fox statues are part of Shinto religion. The fox (known as […]

Travel Guide: The One about Tips Before Going to Tsukiji Fish Market

You are planning your trip to Japan and one of the locations in Tokyo that you want to visit is the Tsukiji Fish Market. Excellent choice as this is the place to visit if you are a sushi connoisseur. But unlike many locations throughout Tokyo that you want to visit anytime during the day, the Tsukiji Fish Market is the only place that you want to get there before 5:30 […]

Travel Guide: The One about Tax-Free Shops in Japan

In Japan, especially in Tokyo, in major foreigner-friendly shopping areas such as Akihabara, there are logos showcasing “Japan Tax-Free Shop”. It’s important to for people traveling Japan to know that shops will NOT give you tax-free if you don’t ask for it.  Afterall, how would they know if you are a foreign traveler versus a person who lives in Japan?  The rule is all temporary visitors (less than six months […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Preparing a Budget and Knowing about Japanese Yen (Currency)

You are planning to go to Japan for the first time and are wondering about Japanese currency. Should you get currency at the American airport or local bank before going to Japan?  Should I wait until you get to Japan? Here is my advice when it comes to someone getting Japanese currency for the first time before leaving to Japan. I.  SHOULD I THINK ABOUT CURRENCY CONVERSION? Yes and no.  […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Riding the Shinkansen

For those who have read my post about the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), you will know that with the rail pass, you can only ride the Hikari and Sakura Shinkansen (Bullet Trains). The Nozomi is only for those who pay for the privilege of not riding on a bullet train with not as many stops, while the Hikari and Sakura, you will have occasional stops but not too much. […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about the IC Transportation Card (Suica and Pasmo)

If you are traveling Japan, aside from your passport and your JR Pass, one of the most important things to do, once you arrive in Japan, is to get an IC Transportation Card that will allow you travel in Japan. The first thing to do either prior to your trip or at the airport is to at least have around Y10,000 yen ready ($100 US) or at least Y2000 minimum. […]

Travel Guide: The One about Luggage Travel Tags

When traveling, one thing that a few people don’t worry about until the last minute is their travel tags. When purchasing travel tags, you will see the basic name, address and city, state.  But these days, you have to protect yourself and not putting all that information is important. Also, you with so many luggage coming through the airport, you want to make sure that you can find your bag […]