Dennis A. Amith

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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.  I often look at currency […]

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. Also, depending which JR Pass […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about the Japan Rail Pass

So, you are traveling to Japan and want to figure out how to travel Japan on a budget and are interested in the Japan Rail Pass.  Should you get a 7-Day, 14-Day or 21-Day JR Pass?  Should you get one at all? If you are planning to stay in one region without traveling to long distances, then the answer is no. If you are planning to stay two weeks I would always factor in about […]

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. The top two in the […]

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 among the many similar color […]