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Japan Departure Tax Starting 7 Jan 2019

A new levy known as the Japan Departure Tax will be imposed on travellers upon leaving the country. The tax will cost 1000 yen for each person leaving by air or sea, and the price is included in the ticket price of your transportation. That is why you should probably see a slight hike in …

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Garbage sorting in Japan

A major stressful chore during my long stay in Tokyo last year was compartmentalising my garbage. ? I remembered how the building management emphasized on this house chore during key collection on my first day. And, I went blur ?at this instruction sheet. Even in the apartment, this instruction note is already laminated and pasted on the kitchen …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #6 – Japan Railway

This is the Hayabusa-Komachi Bullet train that runs along the Tohoku Shinkansen line. Both trains are connected at this end and runs as one train from Tokyo to Morioka. At Morioka station, the trains will take several minutes to disconnect. The green Hayabusa train then continue its journey towards Aomori (and now Shin-Hakodate) while the …

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First solo trip- staying in Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi

Had my first solo Japan trip in summer 2015. I decided to stay in my regular hotel chain – Dormy Inn for a peace of mind, and was lucky to obtain a good rate for the newly opened Dormy Inn Ueno Okachimachi! Well, that’s my only visit in this property as the room rates have …

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Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

JR Vacation says… Summer is incomplete without viewing hanabi (fireworks)! Our first hanabi viewing was in Summer 2015 at The Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. Many Japanese dressed up in Yukata and were at site way in advanced, placing their picnic mats in a very orderly manner. We were watching it from across on …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #3 – Miyajima Torii Gate, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

JR Vacation says: We embarked on an adventurous multi-cities winter trip in 2015, which brought us to Osaka-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Miyajima-Hokkaido-Tokyo-Kawazu all within 6 days! Here we are at the famous great Torii Gate during low tide in Miyajima (the Torii Gate also signifies the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine). During high tide, the Torii Gate will be partially …

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JR Vacation Travel Talk #2 – Our longest ever train ride, Wagyu beef and Autumn leaves at Kawaguchiko

JR Vacation says: This photo was taken in our longest-ever train ride (approximate 6-7 hours) from Ueno in Tokyo to Hakodate in Hokkaido in winter 2014. We wanted to experience traveling from a non-snowy city to a snowy city; the magical moment of witnessing snow when the train travels out from the tunnel. It was …