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How to Negotiate Cheaper Prices for Japanese Products?
Well, to be honest, I've been in Japan some 25 years and never negotiated a price. Well, maybe okay, at the electronics store in Akihabara or when buying real estate. I've noticed a big hint that negotiating is possible is when the clerk pulls out a calculator. So, if you sort of hesitate in front …(179 words)
Taxi, Business hotels, Manga kissa (Internet comic cafe) are some options where you can spend night
If you miss the train - which happens many times then there are couple of options.. 1. If you are closeby your hotel or place of stay then you can take a cab. After 11, the cab will charge an extra 10-15% depending on if it is a company taxi or personal /private taxi (you will find this mark when…(283 words)
Are Taking Taxis Affordable in Japan?
In the Tokyo city area, taxis are everywhere. If you are on a main road it would be rare if you couldn't catch one in 5 minutes. Taxis are easy to find and a quick way to get around. The metro and bus system will also take you pretty much anywhere but will usually be more time consuming since buses…(162 words)
Taxi Prices in Tokyo
Taxi prices in Japan are controlled. In Tokyo, they all start at 710 yen for the first 2 km. The price rises at a defined amount, either by distance or time. If there is no traffic, the factor that will trigger a price rise is distance traveled. In traffic, the factor is time. Either way, the …(159 words)
Do you need a taxi?
There are plenty of taxi in Japan. They are cheap, easy, they won't try to cheat on you, they have white lace cover seats and they are safe. You even feel like a VIP when the driver has white gloves. But their driver might not understand other language than Japanese, and worse, he might not kno…(388 words)
What is the Safest and Easiest Transportation in Japan
I've been in Japan and travelled around in taxis for 26 years. I average at least two taxi rides per day (at least over the last 20 years) so hmmm.. 600 taxi rides a year....hmmm......12,000 taxi rides? Wow!! Like my friend Claire, I have had many a very interesting conversation. I learned from my …(217 words)
Taxis in Japan, Are they even Better Now?
Okay, I admit it. I ride a taxi in Japan at least twice a day. I've been here 27 years and never felt the need to get one of those things you keep at your house in a garage that has four wheels and moves :)The Japanese public transportation combined with the convenience and extreme accessibil…(297 words)
Benny’s Place, Real American style bar
If you miss your home back in the States, why don’t you visit Benny’s Place to have real spareribs and Buffalo wings on the 4th of July? Their great foods can leave you speechless after a bite.Located within a few minute walk distance from South exit of JR Ishikawa-cho/Yokohama, Benny’s Place i…(209 words)
Tourist Tip #7: DON'T!
Nobody wants to do the wrong thing when visiting a foreign country, and with Japan regarded as one of the politest countries in the world, there are plenty of wrong things that one can unintentionally D'oh!I posted a "Tourist Tip #5: Five Don'ts to Do" list a while back, and thought I would exp…(495 words)
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Izu Pennisula Local Sushi
Recently, I had an opportunity to eat “Sushi” at Saito Sushi Restaurant in Numazu, Japan, which is located in the Izu Peninsula south of Tokyo/Yokohama. The restaurant was recommended by a local taxi driver and the place is frequented by the local people as well as visitors from abroad so I decided…(276 words)
Amazing Japanese Festivals in August
Many neighborhood associations take great effort to prepare for the yearly Matsuri (festival) in their area. This photo is taken in August as a group in the Noge area of Yokohama transports their O-mikoshi (portable shrine). The taxi driver proudly told me that one of these shrines can cost more th…(166 words)
Cheapest or Quickest Transport from Narita Airport to Tokyo (TOP3)
Cheapest transport from Narita Airport to Tokyo (TOP3) : Any of the below takes about 90 minutes to Tokyo 1. Bus (Tokyo Shuttle) 900 yen : Adults and Children pay the same price. Without a reservation, it will cost you 1,500yen for early morning and late night buses. 2. Bus (Acces…(427 words)
One of the best sword museums and sword artisans communities can be found in Okayama Prefecture
Bizen Osafune Sword Museum and Craft Center is located in Setouchi city, Okayama Prefecture. Just a short train ride from Okayama station to Osafune station and a 10 minute taxi ride for 500yen to the museum. You can walk to the museum (it takes about 25 minutes) but if you are unfamiliar with gett…(218 words)
Japanese habits that you catch without noticing...
With friends, we have created a list of Japanese habits that makes Japanese people soooo Japanese. The thing is, these habits rubs off on us too so, here's the diagnostic test (short version), hold on with me!You need to check the number of habits that you have.- you rush to get your train …(564 words)
1-hour small yet great trip from Kyoto Station – Toji Temple
My favorite spot in Kyoto is Toji Temple, a world heritage site which has history of 1,200 years!Located within 15-minute walking distance from Kyoto station (1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City), it is easy to access. As everybody knows the famous temple, you can ask anyone for the direction on the …(126 words)
Business hotels - more than business
As a frequent traveller, I need to minimize the fuss when booking business hotel.What I want is very simple; close to the train station or airport, clean room, free wifi, hot shower, decent AC, wide & comfortable bed, enough space to put my large size suitcases, little desk to get some work done,…(286 words)
A view to die for
Nagasaki was chosen to be one of the NEW top three night views in the world (the other two being Hong Kong and Monaco)! The observatory can be accessed easily by bus, train or taxi, depending on where you are. On a clear day, you can see the whole city light up like a Christmas tree. The feelin…(98 words)
Tipping in Japan
One of the best cultural differences between Japan and the U.S. (my home country) centers around the custom of tipping. While tipping is not generally necessary in Japan, some service providers actually do appreciate it; for example, I've never known a taxi driver to refuse a tip!In the U.S., …(222 words)
after ambulance arrives...
Getting the ambulance to come is just the first step. One is far from out of the woods once they arrive. It may be good to know what happens then as it is probably different than your home country. As I am from the U.S., where ambulances are generally very sophisticated, that is my orientation.…(426 words)
It is costly, but it is worth while paying.
(Places) I know two places. One is in ASAKUSA in Tokyo and the other is in Yokohama China Town.In front of the main gate of SENSOUJI (famous temple), there are some waiting Rickshaws.In Yokohama Chaina town, near Kaseiro Restaurant located in main street (HONDOURI) is one of the placeses to ca…(152 words)
there are buses(3000yen), taxi (around25000yen) and trains. Keisei is the cheapest, around 1500 to get you to Tokyo(19 words)
20 to 30% extra in the evening
Although this does not affect every taxi. Most taxis normally charge 20-30% extra in the evening after the 1st meter (710 for 1st 2 km), I think after 8pm for taxi journeys.(30 words)
Change from 10,000 Yen not always possible
Sometimes, taxi drivers will not be able to provide change from a 10,000 Yen note, so either make sure you have smaller notes (1,000 or 5,000 or the 2,000 Yen note to commemorate the Year 2,000), or most taxis will take credit cards with no problem. (Visa, Mastercard etc)(44 words)