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2022 Tokyo Cherry Blossom Dates

Sakura season is right around the corner and we want to make sure you don’t miss a single petal, which is why we are presenting you with the latest...
24-01-2022 22:09

Shopping for Good: Charity Shops and How to Donate Around To

Top Tier Cheapos love charity shops. Charity shops are even cheaper than recycle shops and their profit goes to a good cause—what’s not to love" W...
18-01-2022 21:45

Tokyo to Hakuba: The Fastest and Cheapest Ways of Getting Th

Whether it’s hitting Honshu’s most famous slopes during winter or soaking in the adundance of nature during summer, Hakuba has plenty to offer thr...
14-01-2022 21:40

Cavities, Crowns and More: Going to the Dentist in Japan

If you need to see a dentist in Japan but don’t know where to begin, this is the guide for you. Whether you’re going in for a cavity check, routin...
12-01-2022 22:18

Shipping your Stuff Home while Traveling Japan

We’ve all been there. You drank too many Strong Zero 9%, bought four kimonos, a Totoro fan for everyone including your best mate’s uncle and every...
06-01-2022 21:41

Tokyo Winter Sales: 2021-2022 Round-up

December and January are extremely busy months for most Japanese shops, as their winter sales attract lots of people looking to spend their year-end b...
04-01-2022 21:48

Buying or Selling a Used Car Privately in Japan

As a foreign resident of Japan, especially if you live in a big city, you might never own a car or even miss owning one. Trains, planes, buses, bikes ...
02-01-2022 21:44

Where to Get Free COVID-19 Tests In Tokyo

With the rise of the Omicron variant, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has made provisions for free COVID-19 tests in Tokyo during January 2022. Not...
27-12-2021 21:48

January 2022: 5 Events Not to Miss

Happy New Year, cheapos! If you want to kick off the month of January with some fun, start with these events. And if you want to welcome 2022 the Japa...
24-12-2021 21:41

Your Japanese New Year: Traditions and Celebrations in Tokyo

Note: There will be some all-night train service in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve this year, but not on all lines. Check official sites before making any ...
24-12-2021 21:41

Laundry on the go: A Guide to Keeping your Clothes Clean whi

Is that big bag of clothes you brought along with you starting to whiff" Are stains from that late-night ramen binge getting too hard to hide with a s...
22-12-2021 21:42

Comparing Long-Term Pocket Wifi Contracts in Japan

If you’re a resident of Japan who is interested in getting a long-term pocket wifi rental, you’ll want to look through this comparison of provider...
17-12-2021 21:41

The Meguro-Dori Furniture Shopping Guide

Tired of that IKEA sameness or the far-from-sturdy furniture from Nitori" Head to Meguro-dori Avenue, a large boulevard near Meguro Station. The area ...
14-12-2021 21:45

The Best Tattoo-Friendly Onsen Near Tokyo

Onsen are a huge part of Japanese culture, which we have written about before. The disappointing thing about onsen is that a lot of them don’t allow...
10-12-2021 21:44

Guide to a Weekend Getaway in Nasu

Nasu is a picturesque town located about two and a half hours northeast of Tokyo that makes for a perfect weekend getaway. There are so many things to...
06-12-2021 22:17

December 2021: 5 Events Not to Miss in Tokyo

2021—a year that has been both very long and all too short, is coming to a close. Before the year ends, though, here are some festivities to help yo...
30-11-2021 22:10

Day Trip Guide to “Lake” Miyagase in Kanagawa

If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip from Tokyo or Kanagawa, Lake Miyagase is the place to go. Less touristy than the better-known spots like E...
23-11-2021 21:49

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan’s Perplexing Rail Sy

For us Japan old-timers it’s easy to forget just how confusing Japan’s enormous rail system can be. Each of Tokyo’s international airports are s...
22-11-2021 21:44

Interview with Tokyo Vegan Guide Author Chiara Terzuolo

Japan can be a challenging place for a vegan. However, long term Tokyo resident and writer Chiara Terzuolo shows that the choices when eating out are ...
19-11-2021 21:43

Toyosu Fish Market: What to Know Before You Go

Toyosu Fish Market is open for sightseeing, though some areas may be off-limits as part of COVID-19 prevention measures. The famous Tokyo morning tuna...
10-11-2021 21:46

Top 10 Picks for Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2021?2022

Ah, winter! When the residents of Japan celebrate the festive season with cream covered sponge cakes, buckets of KFC, and visits to love hotels. Even ...
09-11-2021 21:47

The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Festivals

Festivals are the unsung heroes of travel in Japan—from fiery winter ceremonies to glorious dance processions in summer, there are almost more of th...
31-10-2021 21:42

Shinjuku Nichome: Stretching Your Yen in the Gayborhood

Shinjuku Nichome is known as Tokyo’s gay district. The area is home to high concentration of gay bars, clubs and restaurants—but how do you choose...
23-10-2021 21:41

Buying Secondhand Ski and Snowboard Gear in Tokyo

If you don’t have the financial resources to splash out on a brand-new snowboard or skis but want to move on from renting, then there are some used ...
18-10-2021 21:45

10 Things to Do Around Kawasaki Station

While not nearly as big or as popular as neighboring Tokyo or Yokohama, Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture is home to a sizable population of 1.4 mi...
13-10-2021 21:47

Where to Buy a Turkey in Tokyo

Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here, then Christmas, then New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. But first things first, Thanksgiving is numbe...
06-10-2021 21:41

Cheap Sex: Beating the Cost of Loving in Tokyo

Like pretty much all the other mammals cohabiting planet Earth, the cheapo is hardwired at an animal level to find a mate and get jiggy. In this artic...
01-10-2021 21:46

5 Passive House Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill and Reduce

Passive House is a standard for house construction by which homes, offices and buildings can maintain a comfortable temperature year round and consume...
01-10-2021 21:46

101 Cheap and Free Things to Do in Tokyo

Ever wanted to know how a city of 13 million deals with its sewage (#17)" Have you wondered what it would be like to pilot a space shuttle (#8)" How a...
01-10-2021 21:46

An Interview with Matt Ketchum of Akiya & Inaka

Matt Ketchum is a long-term resident of Japan, musician, music promoter and a co-founder of real estate consultancy Akiya & Inaka. The topic of akiya ...
01-10-2021 21:46

A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Izakaya

Izakaya are one of Japan’s quintessential experiences. If it’s your first trip to Japan or you’ve been here for a lifetime, it’s hard not to e...
01-10-2021 21:46

Quick Picks: Top Vacation Rentals and Apartments in Tokyo

When we think of Tokyo apartments, the first image that springs to mind is cramped living quarters. In reality, the city’s real estate scene has a l...
01-10-2021 21:46

11 Reasonably Priced Camping Spots Around Tokyo

While Tokyo may not seem like a camping haven, with its sky-high towers and heavily concreted downtown area, it is an ideal place to get out, enjoy th...
01-10-2021 21:46

Best Toy Stores in Tokyo

At the risk of stating the obvious, let’s just say Tokyo is a hotspot for those prone to collecting the odd figurine or two. The city does subcultur...
01-10-2021 21:46

A Travel Guide to Nature-filled Izu Peninsula

Jutting out to the south of Fuji Hakone National Park sits the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. It’s a popular getaway for locals and gaining a...
01-10-2021 21:46

A Music Fan?s Guide to Tokyo’s Nightlife

Navigating any of Tokyo’s endless subculture scenes is a bit of a feat, but navigating the Tokyo nightlife scene is an entirely different beast. Wit...
01-10-2021 21:46

A Guide to Japanese Sex Toys and Shops in Tokyo (and Online)

Japan has an interesting relationship with sex and sexuality, it’s fair to say. While the country has a reputation (arguably from those who have nev...
01-10-2021 21:46

The Complete Guide to Love Hotels in Tokyo

Ready for some lovin’" Perhaps you stay in a guesthouse or tiny apartment with paper-thin walls, or simply have too many roommates all up in your bu...
01-10-2021 21:46

14 Great Hikes near Tokyo for Beginners, Enthusiasts and Exp

There’s nothing better than getting out into nature. Walking through valleys and up mountains is the perfect way to relax and forget the stresses ...
01-10-2021 21:46

Japan’s Cheapest Cell Phone Plans Compared (Both Major

Looking for a local mobile plan or to switch out that expensive major carrier SIM in your phone" Your options for Japan cell phone plans are 1) the st...
01-10-2021 21:46

Guide to Arriving in Japan During COVID-19

Since COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions were imposed at the start of April 2020, international arrivals into Japan have plunged. Foreign tourists ...
01-10-2021 21:46

Furniture Stores and Rental Options in Tokyo

Moving to Tokyo and need to furnish your house, or just bored with the stuff you’ve got and are looking for a bit of an upgrade" Tokyo has a huge se...
01-10-2021 21:46

The Ideal Future of Japanese Buildings: An Interview with Mi

What if we told you that implementing a single methodology could go a long way toward combating climate change, slow the spread of COVID-19, and lead ...
01-10-2021 21:46

Unique and Unusual Accommodation in Tokyo

Tokyo is a city where no matter your interest, no matter how obscure the subculture or niche your passion, you’re sure to find businesses that cater...
01-10-2021 21:46

Hiking Mount Jinba to Mount Takao

Chances are you’ve already been up Mount Takao, but if you’re a more serious hiker and felt shortchanged by it, then you might like this multi-pea...
01-10-2021 21:46

Tokyo by Bike: 5 of the City?s Best Cycling Routes

With so much to see and do jam-packed into one sprawling map, getting around Tokyo by bicycle is actually one of the best ways to get to know the city...
01-10-2021 21:46

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