Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Which travel pass is best for your Japan travels.

By Carole Goldsmith Copyright © 2016 All Rights Reserved

My favourite and most convenient pass for traveling in most of Japan's major cities is the Suica Pass.

Suica card


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.

Platt Kodoma 

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.

Best wishes

Carole Goldsmith

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.

By Carole Goldsmith Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved 

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

Understanding Japan - article


Japan budget travel article

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

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ohnoyama Koen Naha - a beautiful large park (near Mercure Naha) to run around exercise in and explore.

Ohnoyama Koen Naha, Okinawa. 

 By Carole Goldsmith Copyright ©2015 All Rights Reserved

Greetings from Naha Okinawa.

I just went for a run around Ohnoyama Koen Naha which is three minutes walk across a small bridge from Mercure Naha where I am staying.

How wonderful to be near such a large park and to see green trees / bushes / flowers and hear birds singing. I ran around the park and did yoga over a 3/4 hour period.

Here is a link to the Park's Location . http://wiki.worldflicks.org/ohnoyama_park.html

Trip Advisor pictures.

The Mercure Naha http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-8725-mercure-okinawa-naha/nearby.shtml is a good hotel with all the facilities one needs in the room. Rooms are small as is the case in most Japanese hotels, I always ask for a non smoking quiet room on a higher level.
Floor 12 is all non smoking.  There are two supermarkets nearby and a restaurant at the Mercure.

I am paying Y49,000 for four nights and that does not include breakfast and it should.

I pay around Y5300 per night a Toyoko Inn Narita and the rooms are huge and breakfast is included.
See my comments on Trip Advisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g298161-d302013-r260439834-Toyoko_Inn_Narita_Kuko-Narita_Chiba_Prefecture_Kanto.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

The Mercure Naha is to the right of Tsubogawa monorail station, so when you leave the railway ticket checker, turn right and you can see the Mercure ahead of you. Catch the lift down to ground level. There is a convenience store ahead of you and then the Mercure. Large lobby and very helpful staff who speak both English and Japanese.

I will check out the town and port today to get my tickets to Kume Island.

The Monorail company have an all day pass for Y700 so I will buy one of those.


Carole Goldsmith