From Japan

Where to Shop in Tokyo

In Tokyo’s Nakano district, there was a store called “The shop that sells things people left on trains.” That was the name of the shop. And it sold, well, things that people lost during commute but were never claimed.

I was dying to see what they had in store that I rushed to Nakano on the same day that I learned about it. I swept its maze-like malls in search of it. I didn’t find it. Haha. But it showed me that when they say Tokyo has something for everyone, they probably mean it in every way. Nakano, best known as a place for the otaku, is just one of the many interesting shopping places in the Japanese capital.

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12 Asian Destinations for First-time Solo Backpackers

In 2012, I traveled solo for the first time in my life.

I still remember how scared I was before the trip. With only a small backpack, a Neil Gaiman book, a thousand dollars, and a will to get out of my comfort zone, I boarded the plane to Bangkok. As I was checking in, there were no butterflies in my belly, only a great fear that I might find myself unfit for the travel lifestyle and come running back home earlier than planned.

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Top 5 Best and Worst Travel Moments of 2016

I welcomed 2016 with a lot of hope and a pint of Guinness at a random British pub in Tokyo. Although I was alone in a foreign land, I could sense an air of positivity in the air. It was my first trip since I left my full-time job (again), and I was looking forward to more trips and more firsts. I didn’t know it then, but that year was going to be a rollercoaster ride, to say the least.

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How to Get Around Tokyo by Train

Taxis are expensive, and buses can be confusing for first-timers. In Tokyo, the train is the most efficient mode of transportation. Tokyo has an extensive and expansive railway system. Wherever it is you’re going, there is most likely a train station very close to it.

Tokyo by train can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. First, bear in mind that the network is used by almost a dozen operators, including those serving the suburbs. However, in this article, let’s focus on the three companies that serve Central Tokyo: JR East, Toei Subway, and Tokyo Metro Subway. Each of them operate multiple lines that get so entangled, it’s amazing how the Japanese make it work.

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Narita Airport to Tokyo City Center the Cheapest Way

Located 70km from Central Tokyo, the Narita International Airport is the city’s main gateway for international travelers. It’s one of the two airports serving Tokyo, the other one being Haneda, which is mostly used for domestic flights. The bad news is, Narita is farther than Haneda. The good news is, there are more transportation options to the city.

Here are your cheapest bets:

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One of the most difficult questions I usually get is: What’s your favorite destination? It’s tough to pick just one when a mere mention of the word “favorite” opens a floodgate of memories that include the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey; camping journey across the Australian Outback; the sights and tastes in Florence, Italy; the out-of-this-world mountain parks of Zhangjiajie, China. I could go on.

But if you ask me where I would want to stay for good, well, that one’s easy — TOKYO.

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5 Reasons We’re Excited About ANA’s New Tokyo Haneda-New York/Chicago Flights

Japan’s largest airline ANA has just announced two additional international routes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and they’re flying to New York and Chicago! We’re stoked! This couldn’t have happened at a better time because coincidentally, we’re set to visit this side of the States as part of our North American trip this 2017. This announcement by ANA just made us more excited. Here’s why.

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8 FREE or Cheap Things to Do in Kyoto and Osaka

It’s interesting that, given the proximity of Kyoto and Osaka from each other (less than half an hour by train), each city radiates a distinct vibe that distinguishes itself from the other. I noticed it as soon as I stepped off the train station: while Kyoto is all about heritage and tradition, Osaka is fast-paced and adventurous. Kyoto has its temples, shrines and UNESCO sites; Osaka has its cuisine, shopping districts, and amusement parks.

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8 Unique Hotel Experiences from Around the World

Few joys beat the ecstasy of being on a luxury holiday at a top-notch hotel. And while some tourists are happy with a conveniently located hotel that provides all the basic necessities and comfort, others want more. For intrepid travelers like me, one of those few joys is staying at a quirky hotel that has a personality of its own, because when you’re splurging, shouldn’t it be on something phenomenal?

From a glass-shaped ‘treehouse’ in Sweden to an inn that is shaped like a dog in Idaho, here are eight hotels recommended by HolidayMe (EN|AR) that are guaranteed to give you unique experiences that you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

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