Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport for very good reasons – it’s exciting, complicated, unpredictable, and really fun to watch. Despite the number of Japanese fans and viewers dropping in recent years, sumo is still a fascinating piece of Japanese culture.
The main suspects that bring those emotions out are frequent natural disasters including tsunamis that disrupt daily lives and tragically even take some away — as when the major tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
Who doesn’t like shopping? I know I do — any chance I get to buy a new pair of shoes or a nice top, I’ll grab it. From offline, physical shopping to online, virtual ones, you know I’ve got them all covered. With technology taking over the modern world, brands all around the globe are … Read more
While tobacco is a declining business in most of the world, Japan’s industry has largely managed to stay strong. Here you’ll find a much more smoker-friendly environment than in most Western countries. This is because the tobacco lobby is generally very strong, due in part to the fact that the government finance ministry owns about … Read more
If you’re reading this, I can only assume that you’ve just ordered a ¥1000 Asahi at a Tokyo restaurant, and been served a tiny half-pint glass that will barely last 10 minutes. I feel your pain: alcohol prices can really sideswipe your Japan vacation budget if you enjoy a beer or three with your meal … Read more
Yes, you can use credit cards in Japan, but not as widely or as easily as you’re used to. Cash is the go-to there, so if you do want to use a card, you need to know where and how you can use it. You also need to know how to get cash and pay at places that don’t accept cards. Make a plan before you go.
There are four main islands, however — Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu — that come together to form the mainland of Japan.
Japan’s tap water is clean and safe, and it often tastes good too. An extensive water treatment system provides drinkable tap water for over 99% of the country.
A direct flight from the continental US to Japan can take between 10 to 15 hours. The variety is due to many factors like geography and weather. To determine the specific flight time, find your specific route on the list. Also, take the outside variables into account that may increase the time of your trip.
With so many impressive options, finding the right hotel in Shinjuku means narrowing down what you want. Whether it’s luxury, a low price or traditional Japanese lodging, an incredible hospitality experience is waiting for you. These eight hotels specifically have something to offer anyone staying in the area.