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What's new in Japan?
Sunday, 9 April 2017
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Kamakura
Mood:  bright
Topic: Sightseeing



Cherry Blossoms?

In Tokyo area, cherry blossoms are full bllom everywhere.

Tokyo, Kamakura etc.

Here are some pictures there.

Tokyo Tower


a picture of cherry blossoms. 2017



Tokyo Tower


a picture of Tokyo tower and cherry blossoms.



Kamakura


a picture of Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and cherry blossoms with Komainu





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Posted by kanaday at 11:41 PM KDT
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
You can withdraw Yen at AEON and Ministop ATMs.
Mood:  bright



UnionPay and Master/VISA ATM information

You can withdraw Japanese Yen at AEON bank and MiniStop
Ministop is one of convenience stores in Japan.
AEON bank is operated by AEON super market.
They can handle;
- MasterCard

- Maestro

- Cirrus
- VISA
- PLUS



For more detail information, please click the Money link.






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Posted by kanaday at 10:46 PM KDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 10:30 PM KDT
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Visiting Asakusa? Why not to make a stop at nearby!
Mood:  bright



Visiting Asakusa?

(Through May 8 (Monday) 2017)
If you have a chance to visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple, you should look at the Garden next to the five-storied pagoda just beside. For a limited period, you can see Giant Ema and Garden. The five-storied pagoda can't be seen now for repair, but instead you should look at the garden.

Sensoji Temple " Exhibition of Giant Ema* and Denboin Garden"

- Restoration project for Kumamoto and the Great East Japan Earthquake.
(*Giant Ema: Framed pictures to dedicate to shrine or temple for the wishes or for an appreciation for wish fulfillment. )

Date and time: March 10 (Fri) - May 8 (Monday) 2017
10 am - 4 pm (closed at 4:30 pm)
Place: Asakusa Special Exhibition Hall • Garden (Law Enforcement Center)
Admission fee: 300 yen (Free up to 2 accompanying children below junior high school students)

Pass through the crowd of Nakamise , visit Sensoji Temple, and then go around the garden of 10,000 m2 (100,000 sq. ft), your heart feels comfortable and relax. You can feel the beauty of the Japanese garden.

a picture of Denboin garden.Through May 8 (Monday) 2017 You can see the garden of Asakusa Sensoji Temple. Especialy it opens now.







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Posted by kanaday at 11:38 PM KDT
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
New Taxi fare in Tokyo
Mood:  bright
Topic: Transportation



The Taxi fare in Tokyo becomes afforadable now!

The taxi fare in Tokyo is 410 yen now. The rate is reduced from the former price, 730 yen to 410 yen and a significant reduction of 320 yen.The lower-priced taxis are running in 23 wards of Tokyo, Musashino city and Mitaka city. Instead, the distance you can go with this fare is shorter. It was 2 kilometers for the first ride but it was 1.052 kilometers now.The addition step of the taxi meter also is changed from 90 yen to 80 yen.By this, it is thought that the hurdle oversea travelers get on a taxi became lower If your hotel locates a little bit far from a station, you can catch a taxi easily. This priced taxi service is available only in Tokyo.

a picture that Taxi fare in Tokyo becomes affordable now! It becomes much affordable for travelers in Japan







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Posted by kanaday at 10:49 PM KDT
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Thursday, 9 March 2017
Cherry blossoms in 2017
Mood:  bright
Topic: Sightseeing



The Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) season is coming!!

If you are lucky, your trip meets Sakura blooms period.

Here is 5th forecast announcement by Nihon Kishou corporation.

a picture of free wifi tool. This is very helpful for visitors to Japan







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Posted by kanaday at 2:59 PM JST
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Saturday, 18 February 2017
Free Wifi Finder
Mood:  cool
Topic: Gadgets

Free Wifi Finder


If you are looking for free Wifi in Japan, here is a good site.

This is an official site of Japan.
Supported by Japan Tourism Agency.

Access:  Click the next figure.

a picture of free wifi tool. This is very helpful for visitors to Japan

Just type your location and press Search.

image of input form your location  Tokyo or Yokoham or Osaka

You can see the result  like following.

image of the result sample. Visitor can find the freewifi spots very easily.

Very good tool!! Easy to use!
You should try!!

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Posted by kanaday at 10:44 PM JST
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Saturday, 3 September 2016
Who is Ninja?
Mood:  happy
Topic: Culture
Who is Ninja?

Special Exhibition for Ninja.


If you love "Ninja", you should go to the special Exhibition of The "Ninja"

Ninja is not just for Ninja Turtle.  There is a scientific approach by National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

Who are they?
Welcome to the Ninja World.
It was clear about these questions.
This event shows the accademic research result by Mie Univercity, Japan.
Mie is the famous Ninja prefecture.


Period:  July 2(Sat), 2016 through October 10(Mon), 2016


Place: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation at Odaiba, Tokyo


Please check the following URL for detailed information.


http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/ninjya/






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Posted by kanaday at 11:16 PM KDT
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Mood:  cool
Topic: Gadgets
The real cool application by Hitachi.

The real cool application by Hitachi.


Here is an application for Android and iPhone.


You will have a trouble to get the target place for business or sightseeing.

The following application assists you to take the right train to get off.


HyperDia for Android HyperDia is an application of Train Timetable and Route Search in Japan. You can search the best route from the place wherever you are now to the target place with your smart phone.


It also inform you of the train fare.


HyperDia


Here is a link for Google Play.


Link for Apple Store.



Introduction Video of the product:





Sponcered Link


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Posted by kanaday at 9:29 PM KDT
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mood:  bright
Earlier Cherry Blossoms?!


Kawazu-Zakura (Sakura, Cherry blossom)

 

Cherry (Sakura) blossoms are very popular flower/trees in Japan.

In Japan, Sakura Although officially isn't a national flower, and is treated as if it were one of the national flower

 

Everyone in Japan likes cherry blossoms blooming in early Spring.

It covers mountains and fields with pastel pink color.

 

One of the cherry tress, Kawazu Zakura, blooms in very early Spring (actually in the middle of winter).

It was found 60 years ago by coincidence by one Japanese The blooming period is much longer  (one month) than other cherry trees.

It has spread to many place in Japan.

Kawazu Machi is original place of kawazu-Zakura and has over 800 fascinating Cherry trees both sides of the river.

Kawazu-Zakura festival welcomes visitors during Feb 10th through March 10th in Kawazu machi.

Kawazu Machi is located on the Izu Peninsula Shizuoka prefecture.

It takes around 2 and a half hour from Tokyo station.

 

You can find the cherry blossoms in this season in Japan, it is Kawadu-Zakura.

It is still cold in Japan but the cherry blossoms welcome you with beautiful flowers.





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Posted by kanaday at 9:06 PM JST
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Friday, 27 February 2015
It is a good idea to get Wifi router at Narita airport.
Mood:  cool
Wifi Router at Narita Airport

JAL ABC is another option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers.
One is Portable Wifi Router and another is USB type.

- Preparation
Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or phone +81-476-34-6533.

You can order it at the counter if they have stock in the store.
It would be better to make the reservation in advance.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the ABC shop which is handling airport luggage delivery service.

They locates at the exit after the customs office.

- Return it
Return it at the ABC counter at ABC branches at airports, Narita, Haneda and Kanku.

- Daily service fee
Portable Router Type 1290 Japanese Yen /day
USB Type 980 Japanese Yen /day

- Maximum Data limit in a month
There is no limit of data transmission but

- Transmission speed
Portable Router Type (Service provider is Y Mobile)
Maximum download speed 42 Mbps
Maximum upload speed 5.8 Mbps

USB Type (Service provider is Softbank)
Best effort download speed 42 Mbps
Best effort upload speed 5.8 Mbps

You can use this service to send pictures for instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.


The detail information is available from the following URL:
http://www.jalabc.com/english/index4.html

- Note (There is no clear definition the following notes but isn't it obvious. ) You can not use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.
You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service




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Posted by kanaday at 9:34 PM JST
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It is a good idea to get Wifi router at Narita airport.
Mood:  cool
Wifi Router at Narita Airport

JAL ABC is another option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers.
One is Portable Wifi Router and another is USB type.

- Preparation
Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or phone +81-476-34-6533.

You can order it at the counter if they have stock in the store.
It would be better to make the reservation in advance.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the ABC shop which is handling airport luggage delivery service.

They locates at the exit after the customs office.

- Return it
Return it at the ABC counter at ABC branches at airports, Narita, Haneda and Kanku.

- Daily service fee
Portable Router Type 1290 Japanese Yen /day
USB Type 980 Japanese Yen /day

- Maximum Data limit in a month
There is no limit of data transmission but

- Transmission speed
Portable Router Type (Service provider is Y Mobile)
Maximum download speed 42 Mbps
Maximum upload speed 5.8 Mbps

USB Type (Service provider is Softbank)
Best effort download speed 42 Mbps
Best effort upload speed 5.8 Mbps

You can use this service to send pictures for instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.


The detail information is available from the following URL:
http://www.jalabc.com/english/index4.html

- Note (There is no clear definition the following notes but isn't it obvious. ) You can not use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.
You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service




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Posted by kanaday at 9:34 PM JST
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Thursday, 26 February 2015
Tuna Sushi is safe and healthy?
Mood:  hungry
Tuna is safe and healthy?

When you are in Sushi restaurant, you like to order Tuna, Maguro'.

Tuna is believed as healthy and good to eat.

The health agencies in many countries have announced Tuna contains mercury.

Unfortunately, Bluefin tuna which I like best has the highest mercury level.

Considering this fact you may have the way to enjoy delightful Sushi.

It is good idea to eat various Sushi like fishes and shellfish and vegetables. Californian role, Kappa roll, Oshinko roll Tuna is not only Sushi.

As long as you don't eat excessive amount of Tuna it would be safe.

If you are pregnant, it would be better to consult with your doctor about how much you can eat Tuna peace.

Please enjoy Sushi in Japan as many as you like.

Be careful about shoyu.

You will be very thirsty after you eat sushi because of too much Shoyu (Soy Sause).

Use reduced-sodium Shoyu if they have.

Do not dip whole sushi in Shoyu (Soy Sauce)!





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Posted by kanaday at 10:30 PM JST
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Internet Access in Japan Pururu is one option.
Mood:  cool
Topic: Communication
Internet Wifi Router by Pururu

Pururu is one of the option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers you can choose.

One is  from Softbank. Its lower price but there is data limit (10 GBytes/month)

Another is from AU(KDDI)

Its expensive but no data limit.

- Preparation

Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or their quotation system.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the Pururu shop at Narita International Airport.

 They locate at the exit after the Customs Office.

- Returning it

Put the router into the designated envelop then drop it out in a post box. Or return it at the counter where you rent it.

- Daily service fee

Flat rate  400 Japanese Yen /day for Softbank model.

- Maximum Data limit in a month

10 Gigabytes for this service.

 

They have another option for no limitation service for data downloading/uploading. You can use this service to send many pictures/movies for instagram, Facebook and Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.

Flat rate 1,000 Japanese Yen /day for AU(KDDI) model.

- Transmission speed

They use LTE and 3G.

 

The detail information and Quotation sheet are available at the following URL:

http://www.pupuru.com/en/service/emobile/

 

- Note

You cant use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.

You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service.

 

Enjoy your connected life in Japan!





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Posted by kanaday at 9:34 PM JST
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Internet in Japan
Mood:  blue
Topic: Communication
Internet access in Japan.

Internet Access

You may think Japan is one of the Internet popular countries. In fact, it is true but for the visitors from foreign countries. There are so many Wifi signs in Japan. But these signs/logos are only for the people who has the cell phone/smart phone in Japan. If you are very connected person to the internet, it would be better to have your cell phone with international roaming service. There are three major carriers in Japan, Docomo, AU, Softbank.

If your cell phone company has the roaming service with these 3 carriers, just tell the operator to have international roaming service in Japan.

Another option is to rent a mobile router at airport.  When you are going to return to your home just bring it to the counter or mail it to post.
The price is 500 - 1000 Japanese Yen /day.




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Posted by kanaday at 10:48 PM JST
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Friday, 28 November 2014
Enjoy Hakone Free Wifi with Odakyu & Hakone Tozan Train!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Gadgets
Enjoy Hakone with free Wifi

New service will help you during traveling in Hakone.

From December 1st, 2014, Odakyu Electric Railway will provide free Wi-Fi services.
How to use it?
Download the application "Odakyu Free Wifi" from Google Play or iTunes store.
Install it and register your device with your account of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!Japan.
Now you can use the free wifi for 1 month.
The guidebook is also available

Locations:

Internet access is available at thwe following spots;
Shinjuku Station of Odakyu Line
Odawara Station of Odakyu Line
Odakyu Limited Express
Romancecar VSE/EXE trains.

Hakone Tozan Train
Hakone-Yumoto Station of
Gora Station
Sounzan Staion
Owakudani Station
Togendai Station
Hakone-machi Station

Now enjoy your Hakone trip without irritation of non-connection to internet!

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Posted by kanaday at 9:27 PM JST
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Wi-Fi at Asakusa, Tokyo
Mood:  cool
Topic: Communication
           

WI-FI at Asakusa

"Asakusa" is a popular tourist spot in Tokyo. Many tourists visit because of good location and various shops in lined ("Nakamise"). With support of the shop's association of "Asakusa", the service of free "Wi-Fi" begins. Connecting with any mobile devices such as smartphones, it is possible for you to browse the Internet around there. "Asakusa Nakamise Promoting Union" said a free Wi-Fi service is first implementation in Japan as a shopping area. To set the Wi-Fi up, you only have to register the date of birth and gender. It is very gentle with easier set-up for foreign tourists, . In order to prevent malicious use, mischief, you can connect 30 minutes per connection and up to 6 times a day. When you go to "Asakusa", it is good to remember that you can use the free Wi-fi to find a good Japanese restaurant etc. "Asakusa Nakamise" WEB site http://www.asakusa-nakamise.jp/e-index.html

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Posted by kanaday at 11:23 PM KDT
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Happy New Year !!
Mood:  happy

Omedetou!!!

新年おめでとう

A Happy New Year!

新年恭喜恭喜

Bonne Annee

Frohes Neues Jahr

Anno Nuovo e felice

Feliz ano novo

Счастливый Новый Год





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Posted by kanaday at 9:55 PM JST
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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Mood:  cool
Topic: Shopping

Are you a sightseer of Tokyo and shopper?
Good news!


"O-MO-TE-NA-SHI." discount campaign will start from October 18th through March 31st, 2014. Bic Camera (one of electric appliances stores) and Tokyo Metro(subway in Tokyo) cooperate for this campaign. When you buy something at Bic Camera, and present your passport and "One day pass" or "Two day pass" for Tokyo Metro, you can get 8% discount in addition to the tax exemption of 5 percent (Consumption Tax).


Price of tickets for international visitors are;

  • 1 day ticket for Tokyo Metro 600 Yen for Adult, 300 Yen for children
  • 2 day ticket for Tokyo Metro 980 Yen for adult, 490 Yen for children


Place;

  • International terminal at Haneda Airport and Narita Airport
  • Big Hotels
  • You can purchase 1 day or 2 day Ticket at three stores Bic Camera Yurakucho, Big B Bic Camera Shinjuku east exit store,Bic Camera Akasaka-mitsuke station store during the period for your convenience.

If you are going to visit Japan by personal travel, it might be good considerable option to enjoy it for sightseeing and shopping.

Tokyo Metro WEb site
http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html

Metro transportation planner
http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/search/index.php

Metro subway map
http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/index.html

 





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Sunday, 21 April 2013
Pre-paid train card becomes more flexible in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo.
Mood:  cool

Much easier of exchanging trains in Japan

New service has started in Japan on March 23rd, 2013.
Using "Suica" or "Pasmo"pre-paid cards is popular for Tokyo visitors.
Now these cards can be used in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

For example, you can use these cards;
From New Chitose Airport to Sapporo
From Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to wherever Tokyo Metropolitan area, like Shinagawa or Hamamatsu-cho
From Kansai International Airport to JR Osaka.

Following cards also cane used as same as Suica and Pasmo.
ICOCA card
PiTaPa card
Kitaca card
Toica card
manaca card


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Posted by kanaday at 10:31 PM KDT
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Anime Fan?

Are you ready for Anime Fair?

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013 will be held from March 21st.
It is just a week ahead.


Business day: 2013/03/21 and 22.

Public day : 3/23 and 3/24.

Place: Tokyo Big site

http://www.tokyoanime.jp/en/




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