JNTO has some great information on skiing in Japan.
Here is an article on snowboarding in Japan on a budget
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Which major cities you can use your Suica card across Japan. It has different names in other cities - e.g. Pasco.
Check on the list below in this link to see which major cities you can use across Japan.
Here is a video on how to buy Suica card and how to top it up.
How to Buy and Use a Suica
How to return your Suica and Pasco card
This article outlines the Japan Rail Pass and the Willer Bus Pass.
The biggest issue I have with the Japan Rail Pass if that it is a consecutive day pass and you may not want to travel every day to get your money's worth.
If you only want to use the Shinkansen or bullet train occasionally as you may be staying in the one area for a few days, then the Platt Kodoma may suit you. It's pronounced Puratto Kodoma.
You need to buy this the day before you travel at the listed travel agencies on the website.
You will pay around 2/3 the cost of a normal cost of a Shinkansen ticket but this includes your seat
The two low cost carriers I have used across Japan are Peach and Jetstar Japan.
Both are good low cost carriers.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Some news on Japan from Business Travel
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Hostels in Japan recommended by Nick a traveler and my favorite budget business hotel chain Toyoko Inn.
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Nick a colleague of mine and a recent traveler in Japan has recommended the following hostels in Japan. I have not stayed there but he has.
Space Hostel Tokyo
J Hoppers, Osaka
K's House Kyoto
Santiago Guest House Hiroshima
I don't stay in hostels anymore and I like the Toyoko Inn Chain located across Japan.
Toyoko Inn Benefits -
Your own room and bathroom.
Great free breakfast and country hotels best breakfasts
Close to railway stations and you can see top of hotel from station
Reasonably large room for Japan and every amenity you need.
Comfortable beds and pillow.
Free Wi Fi.
Discounts for members - stay 10 nights and one night free.
Early check in (3 PM) for members
Toyoko Inn Narita - rooms are larger than other Toyoko Inn Hotels
Excellent booking system and customer service
Smoke free lobby and rooms
Computers in lobby with printing service for guest
Budget prices for these great business hotels
Spotlessly clean and very well managed across Japan.
Luggage storage if you are returning.
Sterilized night gowns and clean slippers plus extra
amenites at front desk.
You can also book Kuro Neko Yamato Transport at reception
and Kuro Neko will transport your luggage to your next
destination at a reasonable cost.
Book early as the rooms fill up quickly:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Interesting Japan budget travel article which however lacks a few important budget travel tips - such as using the Suica / Pasco cards in cities across Japan and use CitiBank debit cards in CitiBank ATM's in Japan and globally - no fees.
Monday, April 13, 2015
How to hire the next Steve Jobs for your business: Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari and was the co-creator of the GPS and touch screen, but Bushnell’s other claim to fame is that he was the first person to hire Steve Jobs.