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WHERE CAN YOU MEET MAIKO IN KYOTO? GO TO MAIKO THEATER

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Where Can you meet Maiko in Kyoto? Go to Maiko TheateR

For example, Ichiriki is one of famous Ochayas in Kyoto. Address: 569 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0074  Source: wikipedia

Onegai Kaeru team used to live in Kyoto. Frequently asked by our readers where they can see Maiko and Geisha often in the old city, we usually recommend some streets like Hanami-Koji and Miyagawacho-Dori.

 

If you go to see a Maiko and Geisha in a traditional way, you go to a Ochaya and play with Maiko. "お茶屋/Ochaya" is the name of house Maiko and Geisha belongs to and where they entertain the customers/guests (Ochaya means "tea house" in Japanese). There are many Ochaya in Pontocho area and Gion area.  You need to be introduced by some existing customer(s) of Ochaya  except for some Ochaya which open up for the customers with no introduction.

 

There are five Ochaya areas in Kyoto such as Kobu. Around 153 Ochayas in total, around 200 Geisha and around 85 Maiko ( 2009 ).

 

The cost depends on how many Maiko to come and how many of guest(s), what to eat/drink but usually to our knowledge, you should be ready to spend about 1000 USD. There are several complicating systems regarding Ochaya. 

Miyako odori event You need to see it but hard to book a seat  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori event You need to see it but hard to book a seat Source: Wikipedia

Also, depending on season, Kyoto offers some Maiko dance events like Kyo OdoriMiyako Odori etc. The reservation is a headache with many people rush to book it (we help you book if needed but with no guarantee to get the ticket).

Maiko Theater Opened on 1st of Dec, 2016 Source: Maiko theater's official website
Maiko Theater Opened on 1st of Dec, 2016 Source: Maiko theater's official website

Yesterday we learnt there is a new type of place where you can see Maiko dance (but you need to pay though...).

 

One Maiko House opens a place where you can meet Maiko and see their dance shows. 

 

It is called " Maiko theatre (舞妓シアター)" near Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo station.

 

It has an accommodation section built based on the old Kyoto house. 26000JPY (250USD) per night.

 

To see their show, you need to book one day in advance. You can buy a ticket on the day but, in that case, you will have no Bento box.

There are four courses to choose. Source: Maiko theater's official website

There are four courses at Maiko Theater: 

 

1. Warishinobu course

Time slot: 12:00~13:30 (Basically open every day)

Price: 8800 JPY adult, 3800JPY kid

Maiko dance

Bento lunch, tea

Photo shooting

Gift ( handcachif(tenugui))

 

2. Ofuku course

Time slot: 14:00~15:30 and 16:00~17:30 (from the first Sat till the third Sat in April is closed due to Kyo Odori festival)

Price: 6800JPY adult, 2000JPY kid

Maiko dance

Bento sweets, match tea made by Maiko

Photo shooting

Gift ( handcachif(tenugui))

 

3. Katsuyama course

Time slot: 18:00~20:00 (closed on Sunday)

Price: 13000 JPY adult, 4800JPY kid

NOTE: Only takes place there are more than 5 guests

Maiko dance

Bento dinner, tea or beer

Photo shooting

Gift ( handcachif(tenugui))

 

4. Yakko course

Time slot: 20:30~22:30 (closed on Sunday)

Price: 12000JPY (only adult)

Maiko dance

Dinner and nibble

All-you-can drink ( shochu, wine, whiskey and sake [NOTE: beer is extra])

Photo shooting

Gift ( handcachif (tenugui))

 

NOTE: You are not allowed to take photo/video while Maiko performing. (the rule many foreigners find strange.)

Address: 302-2 Daikokucho, Gojo Agaru, Daikokucho-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto ( 京都市東山区大黒町通五条上ル大黒町302-2)

Tel:+81 75-741-8258

Web:http://www.maikotheater.jp/

Reservation page, click here (all in Japanese) 

 

[ Onegai Kaeru provides booking service for a foreigner if help needed. ]

There are several Maiko dance events in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
There are several Maiko dance events in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono

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Unique Hostel in Tokyo: Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI (NOTE: not train!)

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hostel's official website hokutosei hostel
Source: Asahi news, photo: Mr. Shiro Nishihata
hostel's official website hokutosei hostel
Source: Asahi news, photo: Mr. Shiro Nishihata

Hokutosei was a great transportation from Tokyo to Hokkaido. Source: wikipedia

Unique Hostel in Tokyo: Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI (NOTE: not train!)

  

When we were little, we took the night train Hokutosei from Ueno station to Hakodate. 

 

It was not a fast way of transportation and also not a 5 star hotel style train as the major train lines promoted these days. The beds were not that soft and there was no door but curtain to separate you from your bed and the corridor. And It was slow. Yet, it was a great night train.  It was a wonderful 15 hour trip.

 

Inside the hostel. Source: Asahi news, photo: Mr. Shiro Nishihata

The train started its operation from 1988. 

 

You depart Tokyo (Ueno) at night and arrive Hokkaido (Sapporo as its final destination) in the morning. The travel distance is more than 1200km. 

There is one of the longest tunnels in the world called Seikan tunnel connecting the main island and Hokkaido island (over 53km). We still remember the sight of snow on Hokkaido land after we passed the tunnel.

 

 

August, 2015. Hokutosei line was cancelled. As it was very popular train in Japan, many train fans in Japan had a sad day.

Hokutosei Rebirth as Hostel in Tokyo

 

 

 Reusing the equipment of the Hokutosei train, a new hostel in Tokyo opens on 15 Dec, 2016. 

 

Name: Train Hostel Hokutosei (トレインホステル北斗星 in Japanese), Tokyo

 

Click here to book this hotel!

 

One night costs starting from 2500JPY(23UDS)

 

There are shared rooms, private rooms. You can also use a shared kitchen.

 

Address: 1 Chome-10-12 Nihonbashibakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

 

How to get there:

It is the centre of Tokyo area. There are several ways.

1) Direct connection from #4 exit of “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of JR Sobu Line (Rapid),

2) 3 minutes walk from B4 exit of “Higashi Nihonbashi station 東日本橋駅” of Toei Asakusa Line,

4) 3 minutes walk from A1 exit of “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of Toei Shinjuku Line or

5) About 5 minutes of train ride from Tokyo station to “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of JR Sobu Line

 

When you stay at this hotel, please let us know how it was!! Contact us here!

 

Related article:

Looking for somewhat more fancy? Click here to find the great inns and hotels in Japan with private hot spring bath 

 

Do you know the tattoo rules in Japan? When you have tattoo and want to take a public bath in Japan, better read this once JUST IN CASE!

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Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan

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Source: Findtravel
Source: Findtravel

Latest List of Cat Islands in Japan 

 

As we are the big fan of cats and animals, and also avid travelers in and outside of Japan, we decided to help travelers with all necessary information to find and get the fun destinations. 

 

Our definition of cat island is an island where " no. of cat outnumbers no. of island resident " (NOTE: not all of the islands we introduced match the definition like Enoshima).

 

We featured Aoshima and Tashirojima and some other fun islands (rabbit island, shark island, camellia island). These two cat islands are not the easiest places to get. Also these locations may not fit your travel route. There are more islands with many cats in Japan. Hopefully one of these may fit your travel plan if you are a big cat fan and so desperate to get to a cat island. 

 

With this article, we try to list up and keep updated as many cat islands as possible. If you know other cat island, please let us know!

 

1. Aoshima island (青島 ), Ehime

Source: Findtravel
Source: Findtravel

One of the world famous cat islands (with Tashirojima island). The island is in Seto inner sea in Ehime prefecture. 100 cats for 15 residents.

 

Basic info

Name: Aoshima 

Access: by boat

Address: Ozu city, Ehime prefecture 

 

For more details, Click here!

2. Tashirojima island (田代島), Miyagi

It is the one of two most famous cat islands in Japan (with Aoshima island). More than 10,000 visitors every year to see the cats. You can pay a visit to the Cat shrine.

 

Basic info

Name: Tashirojima 

Access: by boat

Address: Nitoda Tashirohama, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi prefecture

 

For more details, Click here!

3. Ogijima (男木島), Kagawa

Source: Kentaro Ohno
Source: Kentaro Ohno

The name means "male tree island". It is paired with Megijima (female tree island) 1 km away. Less than 200 residents and many cats. You see many cats around the Toyotamahime shrine.

 

The island was a venue for an art festival in 2010. Therefore, you see several art objects there.

 

Basic info

Name: Ogijima 

Access: by boat

Address: Ogichō, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa prefecture

4. Sanagijima island (佐柳島), Kagawa

Cats on Sanagi island. 

ca 100 resident island is another cat island from Kagawa prefecture. It is one of the Shiwaku islands in the area.

 

You enjoy a lot of tasty sea foods on the island. Probably this is why many cats live there!

 

Basic info

Name: Sanagijima 

Access: by boat

Address: Tadotsu-chō, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa prefecture

5. Okishima island( 沖島), Shiga

Only one island with resident which lies on the lake in Japan. As the key industry is fishery cats live there. It is not full of cats as other islands above but it is close to Kyoto/Osaka thus easy to access.

 

Basic info

Name: Okishima 

Access: by boat

Address: Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture

6. Ainoshima island (相島), Fukuoka

500 resident island near Fukuoka. Great fishing spot if you are into fishing. There are said to be ca 100 cats living on this island.

This is one of the two cat islands featured in CNN (the other being Tashirojima).

 

Basic info

Name: Ainoshima

Access: by boat

Address:Shingū-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka

7. Enoshima island ( 江の島), Kanagawa

Closest cat island to Tokyo. There is a bridge connecting to the island thus no boat needed to get there. The island is not full of cats but We found many cats on our last visit to the island. There are several nice sea food restaurants and shops on and around Eonshima. If you are only visiting Tokyo area, check this place out.

 

Basic info

Name: Enoshima

Access: by bridge

Address: Enoshima, Fujisawa city, Kanagawa

8. Aijima (藍島), Fukuoka

Probably the access is as easy as Enoshima. As many cat islands' background, the fishery industry took care of cats which can get mice. ca 300 cats and 300 people. Nice beach and camping sites in the summer. 

 

Basic info

Name: Aijima

Access: by boat

Address: Ainoshima, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyūshū-shi, Fukuoka

9. Manabeshima (真鍋島), Okayama

More cats than its residents (ca 300). Many family names are Manabe. Some famous movies e.g. Gokumon island shot.

 

Basic info

Name: Manabeshima

Access: by boat

Address: Kasaoka city, Okayama

10. Iwaishima (祝島), Yamaguchi

Around 500 people (70% is older than 65 year old) living. Good that there are several ryokan and inns. No. of cat is unknown but one inn on the island says there are "many cats".

 

Basic info

Name: Iwaishima

Access: by boat

Address: Kaminoseki city, Kumage, Yamaguchi

11. Muzukijima (睦月島), Ehime

Around 400 people living. One of the Kutsuna islands. Agriculture (mandarin orange) and fishery are main industries. You can rent and ride a bike. No place to stay over night.

 

Basic info

Name: Muzukijima

Access: by boat

Address: Matsuyama city, Ehime

12. Kakarashima (加唐島), Saga

Based on the island tradition, keeping dog is not allowed. Maybe this is why cat has flourished. You may see wild hogs which started living there after they swam from the main island. Around 200 people living. Main industry is fishery and camellia (like Toshima island we featured).

 

Basic info

Name: Kakarashima

Access: by boat

Address: Karatsu city, Saga

13. Yushima island (湯島), Kumamoto

More cats than human (i.e. around 500 people). Actually nice swimming locations for the summer. There are two swimming areas on the islands.

 

Basic info

Name: Yushima 

Access: by boat

Address: Oyanomachi, Amakusa city, Kumamoto

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If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

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Feeling hunger in Tokyo? Check this special articles where you can get full at super cheap price!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Great Japanese Inn and Hotel Very Hard to Book - Only One Group per Night

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Find your special place in Japan.  Source: the Koyaba Tada Tada official website
Find your special place in Japan. Source: the Koyaba Tada Tada official website

Great Japanese Inn and Hotel Very Hard to Book - Only One Group per Night

 

Are you looking for a special place to stay? 

 

With significant feedback on these articles  [ the great hotel and inn with private hot spring for Spring and Summer in Japan and the great hotel and inn with private hot spring for Autumn and Winter in Japan], we would like to introduce you the lists of Japanese inn and hotels where it takes only one guest (group).

 

This means that when you reserve the place, you will be the only one guest in the venue. 

 

Is it amazing? You have everything for yourself. The outside baths, garden etc.

1. KOYABA TADA TADA (YAMAGUCHI)

Source: the inn's official website
Source: the inn's official website

Name: Koyaba Tada Tada  小屋場 只只 

 

The ocean is yours.

 

For booking: please call +81 90-4650-8121 (10:00~22:00)

 

Address: 2763 Otsushima, Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture 745-0057

Get off at Tokuyama station. Walk to the Tokuyama port for 5-10mins. Then take the ferry from the port to Umashima port. The inn will pick you up. 

 

Contact: +81 34-85-2800

 

Check in: 15:30-

Check out: 11:00-

2. Miyama Suisen An (Kyoto)

Source: the inn's official website
Source: the inn's official website
Source: the inn's official website
Source: the inn's official website

Name: Miyama Suisen An  美山粋仙庵 

 

200 years old house with authentic Japanese cuisine

 

Click here to book this Inn!

 

Address: Ōharadani-81-1 Miyamachō Kashihara, Nantan-shi, Kyōto-fu 601-0777

Take JR San-in Line, Get off at Wachi station. The inn will pick you up. 

 

Contact: +81 771-75-1625

 

Check in: pls ask the inn 

Check out: pls ask the inn

3. Takimi no ie (Nagano)

Source: the inn's official site
Source: the inn's official site

Name:Takimi no ie  滝見の家 

 

In the big nature!

 

Click here to book this Inn!

 

Address: 4689 Azuma, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano-ken 399-5302

Take JR Chuo Main Line, Get off at Nagiso station. The inn will pick you up. 

 

Contact: +81 264-58-2165

 

Check in: 16:00 

Check out: 10:00AM

Wrong season? Looking for the great hotel and inn with private hot spring for Spring and Summer? Then click here!!

 

If you are looking for great hotel for winter sports in Japan, just click here!

 

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If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

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Source: Wikipedia, each inn's official websites

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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タンソンニャット国際空港でだまされないために (ベトナム)

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タンソンニャット国際空港でだまされないために (ベトナム)

Your HCMC trip usually starts from this airport. All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
ホーチミン空港に着いて、荷物をとって建物をでるとこのエリアに出ます。 All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
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ビナスンタクシー All rights reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016

ベトナム、ホーチミンに遊びに行こうかと思われている方、既にホーチミンに到着されて空港の無料WIFIを使っている方、いろいろな方がこの記事を読まれると思います。

 

既にホテルに到着している方にも、タクシーの乗り方のコツとして役に立つ情報です。

 

ベトナムで、ビザ要否やタクシーで騙されない・ぼったくりに遭わないためのコツを紹介します。

 

以前、面倒な経験もしましたので、それも紹介します。

 

インドネシア、バリの空港でだまされないコツについては大変好評を頂きました。 もしご旅行をお考えでしたら併せてどうぞ。

 

今回は場所を限定して、ホーチミン、バリとしてますが、ハノイでも、ジャカルタでも、他の新興国で使えるコツが多いです。基本、貧しい国では、ぼったくりは生活のためにやってます。大体、どこでも同じパターンです。

事前のビザ申請は不要(但し、条件注意です)

日本人の方は、ベトナムへ15日以内のご旅行(業務でもOK)されるなら、事前のビザの申請は不要です。

 

注意事項は、いくつか条件があります。

1)往復チケット(ベトナムを出国するためのチケットです。出発の直前でないとチケットが発券されない場合もありますので、その場合は、航空券予約の領収書などを印字し英語で持っていきましょう)を持っていること。

2)日本(出発国)出国時のパスポートの有効期限が6ヶ月以上残っていること。

3)前回のベトナム滞在から31日以上経っていること。特にベトナムによく行く方は注意です。

 

もし、質問あればベトナム大使館へ

タンソンニャット国際空港の公衆無線(WIFI)

ホーチミンに空路で行かれますと、タンソンニャット国際空港(Tan Son Nhat International Airport)に到着します。空港に公衆無線(無料のWIFI)があります。2016年10月現在で、空港のWIFIは、荷物を受け取って、タクシーなどが待っているエリアに続く到着者用の出口をでたあたりまで使えます。

 

携帯は(ローミングや特別な契約をしてない限りは、)飛行モードのままで、WIFIを探し、Free WIFI Tan Son Nhat Airportを探して、以下の画面でつながります。

4つの注意点

空港を出れば、あらゆる人から「タクシー?」、「タクシー?」と声をかけられます。初めての場合まごまごしてしまいますが・・・

 

ホーチミンの空港でぼったくられないため(ぼったくられる可能性を最小限に抑えるため)に、次の4つのことを覚えておいて下さい。

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1. VINASUN(ビナスンタクシー)かMAI LINH(マイリンタクシー)だけに乗ってください

できる限り、ビナスン(Vinasun Taxi )かマイリン( Mai Linh taxi )だけを使ってください。

Vinasun taxi Srouce: Vinasun company official page
これがVinasun taxi です。Source: Vinasun company official page
Mai Lihn taxi Source: Vforum company official page
この緑がMai Lihn taxiです。 Source: Vforum company official page

2. 空港を出たら左のタクシー待ちのエリアへ行く

荷物を取って、到着者用の出口を出ると、人がいっぱい待ってます。いろんな人がタクシーはいらないか?ときいてきます(英語で)。

 

その声をすべて無視し、左側に歩いていくとタクシー待ちのエリアがあります。そのエリアで待っているタクシーの中でビナスンかマイリンを探します。タクシー待ちの列には、ぴかぴかのシルバーのタクシーや黄色のタクシーなどありますが、すべて無視して、ビナスンかマイリンに乗ってください。タクシー待ちの列の一番後ろにいることが多いです。

 

(代替案としては、右に歩き別の入り口から空港の建物にもどり、空港の出発エリアにいき(スタッフに、「出発ゲートに行きたいんだけど・・・」ときけば教えてもらえます。)、出発客、見送りをおろした後のタクシー(この場合もVinasunかMai Lihnのみ)を拾う方法もあります。この場合、空港を出る際に先ず10,000ドンほど支払う必要があります。但し、到着エリアから左に歩き、タクシーを捕まえるほうが簡単です。)

3. ある程度細かい現地通貨をもっておく

ある程度細かい現地通貨をもっておいてください。つまり、10,000ドンや20,000ドンです。ベトナムでは基本すべてお札です。

 

両替は、日本にいる間に銀行でやりましょう。空港はレートが高いですし、現地に行ってからですと、レートが悪いだけでなく、誤魔化しも多いですので、損するだけです。

 

ある程度細かい現地通貨をもっておくと何がいいかというと、1)ビナスンやマイリンのドライバーでも、釣りをごまかします。ぼったくるというより、メーターに出ている料金が140,000ドン(空港から市内はこのくらいです)だとすると、100,000ドン紙幣ばかりしかない場合、200,000ドンを渡すことになります。すると、10,000ドン紙幣を返してきて、「OK?」と残りの40,000ドンをチップとして渡すようにゆるく懇願されます。これが面倒な方は、150,000ドンをはじめからだしてあげると、10,000ドンのチップで済みます。

4. 空港の出口の正面向かいにある駐車場で待っている車には絶対に乗らない

曲がりなりにもタクシーは、空港の出口前で待っていますが、出口からまっすぐ進むと駐車場があります。空港でうろうろしていると、それらしい制服を着た方に「タクシー?150,000ドン」とか声をかけられる場合があります。その人についていくと、空港の出口の向かいにある駐車場で待っている車に乗せられる場合があります。これは危険です。

 

その駐車場の車は、白タクか、さらにとんでもない人々の可能性があります

 

これを読まれた方は、もうやらないとは思いますが、万が一声をかけられて、断れずにとか、提示された値段が安いと思えてとかで、ついていくことがあったとして、空港前の駐車場に進みはじめたら、この忠言を思い出し下さい。即退散し、空港のもと居た出口に戻ってください。そして、空港を背にして、左側のタクシー乗り場へ直行してください。

面倒な経験(ちょい怖)

前述の出口からまっすぐ進むと駐車場の車に乗ってしまったことがあります。

 

忙しい時期で、出張続きだったこともあり、ホーチミンの空港について頭がぼーとしてました。空港を出たところで、ビナスンを探していると、半そでのシャツ、長ズボンの制服(ベトナムでは、よく見るスタイルです)を着たそれらしいおじさんから声をかけられました。首からかけている業者の証明書のようなもの(現地語ですのでなにも、なにもわかりません)を見せて、「タクシー? シティーまで140,000ドンだよ」(実際は英語)といってきました。ま、いいかと思い、「OK」というと、おじさんに正面の駐車場につれていかれ、一台のRV車の後部座席に乗せられました。ドアを閉めてもらい、待つこと5分ほど。別の男がドライバーとして、運転席に乗り込んできました。

 

「ベトナムは初めて?」と聞かれたので、「何度も来てる」と答えました。本当のことではありますが、初めての方はここで「初めて」といってしまうと、ドライバーとしては「鴨」と判断されてしまいます。

 

発車して、駐車場を出るところで、「ちょっと金を出してくれ」といわれました。たしか、10,000ドンくらいだったと思います。駐車場を出るのに、駐車料金(空港の通行料なのかもしれません)を払わなくてはいけなかったんですね。タクシーの場合、これは含まれていますが、この白タクの場合、これもお客さんに出してもらう予定だったようです。うすうす、やばい車に乗ってしまったことを感じていたので、ここでごねました。

 

そして、ごねていると、ドライバーから財布の中身を見せるようにいわれました

 

大金が入っていると、(もしかすると)今後の展開が危ないので、160ドンのみをいれていたことを確認してから財布を見せました。財布を見せたとたんにドライバー怒り出しました。白タクは、金持ちの観光客を期待していたんでしょうね。空港から200,000-400,000ドンはとるつもりだったはずです。

 

「タクシーに乗ってくれ」といわれて、元の駐車位置に戻りました。

 

降りるときに、ドアノブを探したのですが、ドアノブがない!見ると、後部座席のドアノブは切り取られて、内側から空けられないようになっていました。運転手が外から回って、ドアを開けてくれました。

 

後から考えれば、あの時、財布に大金が入っていたら?女性の一人旅だったとしたら?ちょっと怖くなりました。

 

従って、空港の前の駐車場の車には絶対に乗ってはいけません。 

 

信頼できる友人が迎えて煮来てくれているのなら別ですが・・・。

ベトナムのUber

ホーチミンではUberはありました。ドライバーに電話かSMSで連絡をいれなくてはいけないんで、国際電話が面倒な方は、普通電話に格安でかけられるskypeのクレジットをいれて、WIFIが使えるエリアにいるうちにアレンジをしてください。

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繰り返しにはなりますが、ぼったくりは東南アジアやその他の地域の新興国ではあたり前で、低賃金、生活の保証も無い、厳しい経済の中、生活の手段としてされている一面もあります。特にタクシードライバーは休みも少なく勤務時間も長い仕事であるのは先進国でも新興国でも同じです。

 

先進国でも、道をわざと遠回りしたりと分かりにくいぼったくりはあったりします。道を本当に間違えるドライバーもいるでしょうl

 

ぼったくられてしまっても、その人の家族(と、その元締め含め?)がこれで数日食っていけると考えて、あまり気にしないようにしましょう。折角の旅行ですから。

 

ここで紹介したコツはあくまで個人的な私見に基づく参考意見です。何事も、最後は安全第一で、安物買いの銭失いどころか、思わぬ事件・事故に巻き込まれないよう無理はしないようにしてください。

 

安全で楽しい旅を!

 

お勧めの記事:インドネシア、バリの空港でだまされないコツ 

 

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Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

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Source: Wikipedia,  taxi company official websites

 

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How to Rent a Car in Japan with Foreign Driver's License

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How to Rent a Car in Japan with Foreign Driver's License

Amazing road trip in Yamagata Source: Nissan
Amazing road trip in Yamagata Source: Nissan

Raod trip in Japan

Do you not want enjoy driving a car in Japan? 

 

Even the country is known for its great public transport. If you travel to suburb of Japan, there is virtually no public transportation. 

 

In some area, you only get two buses per day ( in the morning and the night) or even no bus.

 

Actually Japan is a wonderful road trip destination. If you travel to Hokkaido or Okinawa, you definitely need a car to enjoy the landscape. You will be in the middle of nature, if Hokkaido, the endless field all year around and the great view of snow in the winter and if Okinawa, the ocean! If you use a taxi in Japan, you pay crazy amount of fee or pay a good amount for the one day deal. When we were in Okinawa where a public transport is poor, we used a bus   to get our hotel. It was 2 hour trip with no option to stop by at a cool cafe we saw from the bus or at convenience store for quick refreshment. Many travelers rent cars.

 

We liked a road trip in Nara actually. Nara is not only known for the big Buddha but it has many tiny old villages like Asuka village where you can see the mysterious stone structures from the ancient time. 

How To Rent a car in Japan?

Source: Nippon Rent A Car
Source: Nippon Rent A Car

So how to rent a car and drive in Japan as a foreign tourist?

 

The car rental in Japan itself is not hard, the same as most of the countries. You just need to communicate with the staff by Google translation if needed.  

 

Major rent car companies are:

Nippon Rent-A-Car

Toyota Rent A Car

Times Car Rental

Nissan Rent A Car

 

But you need to prepare the critical documents with you.

 

For all of these, first of all, you need a driver's license from your country (valid one). If not, you cannot rent it. 

 

If you have, then, there are several options. You can get a Japanese driver's license, an international driver's license or an official translation of your driver's license. 

An official translation of your driver's license

This is the easiest and fastest.

 

This is what Kaeru Parcels help with the support for the Japanese Translation of Foreign Driver's license support.

 

This is where we can help. It depends of a rental car company. Japan Automotive Federation, JAF, issues the official translation of your driver’s license (" Gaikoku Unten Menkyosho Honyakubun 外国運転免許証翻訳文 ").  

 

To get this translation paper, you fill in the document , take your original driver’s license and basically go to the JAF office with a international service department in Japan. It takes 1 day – 2 weeks to make the translation.

 

You show this translation with your valid driver's license from home country, "basically" you can rent a car in Japan.

Be aware that the decision is up to the rent a car company. There is NO guarantee that you can rent a car. For now, with our customers, we have never heard that this did not work.

 

 

With our Japanese rent car support, you do not need to be in Japan to get this translation paper. you give us the necessary information and the clear and color photocopy of your driver’s license (front and back), we will take care of the procedure and send the official  translation by JAF to you in your home country. You must bring your driver’s license and the official translation (both original) to a car rent company in Japan. 

 

The costs:

a) 3000 JPY for the JAF official translation fee (per person)

b) 600JPY for the special post (domestic) (per person)

c) 100EUR Kaeu Parcels' service fee (up to two persons)

d) Postal fee to your home from Japan (per person or per one shipment if the address is the same if two or more applications)

 

Before all this, Make sure you find a car rent company in your travel destination, and mail/call them up and ask if " JAF(pronouced as " Jafu ") Gaikoku Unten Menkyosho Honyakubun 外国運転免許証翻訳文 " is enough to rent a car.

How to get a Japanese driver's license with your foreign license?

Based on your license from your nation, you can get the Japanese drivers license at a local license center ("Unten Menkyo Centre ( 運転免許センター )") in Japan. For this, you first need to fill in the official form, actually need to go to the center, take some tests (paper and actual driving in the center's venue).

 

The local license center is not a police department but a facility run by a police related agency which is usually located in some country side.

 

If you have no foreign driver's license, you need to go to a driving school for 2-4 weeks and take the paper test (in Japanese) and driving tests ( in Japanese).

Source: Nissan
Source: Nissan

International driver's license

It is more officially called “International Driving Permit  ”. It depends on the law of your country, you go to the relevant authority in charge of driver’s license and fill in the necessary documents. In case of Japan, you also need a photo of your face. Many think that they can drive anywhere in the world with this license but it is not the case. International driver’s license is not universally use-able. It depends on the agreements (e.g. 1949 and 1968 conventions on Road Traffic) amongst countries.  

 

The 1968 Convention on Road Traffic has been ratified by 72 countries (e.g. Japan ) and the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic has been ratified by 96 states (e.g. Germany). Technically speaking the permit from Japan which only ratified the 1968 is not use-able in Germany which only ratified the 1949. But thanks to the special agreement between Germany and Japan, the personnel with the permit can drive in both countries. It is not strange not to be able to drive with the international driver’s license in some major countries.  

 

The validity is usually 1 year but depends on the local laws. You better research before you drive in a foreign country even when you have an international driver’s license.

Source: Nissan
Source: Nissan

Police Enforcement in Japan

Police enforcement is quite harsh in Japan. For any violation of the law, this will be a permanent record on you. Unlike some countries where you can buy the police out in case of some trouble, you cannot do so in Japan. If you try, you will be in even more serious problem.

 

Many people get caught for these violations:

a. drink driving (you can not drink even a drop of alcohol when drive in Japan),

b. going into a one way road from the opposite ( there are so many one way road in Japan esp. in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto ),

c. not stopping where it supposed to stop,

d. illegal parking (not enough parking lot in the big cities. Recently we have more traffic wardens watching!) and

e. not wearing seat belt 

Enjoy and safe trip in Japan!

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If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: JAF official page, Wikipedia

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, HCMC, Vietnam

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How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, HCMC, Vietnam

Your HCMC trip usually starts from this airport. All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
Your HCMC trip usually starts from this arrival area of the airport. Go to the LEFT! All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
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As we provide the overseas support, we travel often. Usually we only provide travel tips in Japan but our main goal with this website is to make everyone's trip safe and happy one. 

 

We have great response for the article  " How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at DPS Airport, Indonesia ".

 

In this article, we would like to show some tips for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Even you go to Hanoi or other main parts of Vietnam, some of the tips here can be useful. 

 

 

Yes, you have Free WIFI at HCMC Airport

If you are flying to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, you arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Once you arrive at the airport, you have a free WIFI. If you are inside the airport building, first finish reading this before you get out of the building to lose your free WIFI. If you see below screen, you are on the right track to get the public WIFI. (Valid as of Oct. 2016)

The 4 tips

There are many taxi and car waiting in front of the arrival area. Many people will talk to and ask you "taxi? taxi?". Do not worry. We will give you the clear instruction how to  " minimize (just minimize, our method is not fault proof!)" problems on your way from the airport to your stay. 

 

 

There are only 4 tips. But very important 4 tips.

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1. Use only two taxi companies: Vinasun and Mai Linh

Use only two companies Vinasun Taxi and  Mai Linh taxi . You can find Mai Linh taxi in many parts of Vietnam including Hanoi and Da Nang.

Vinasun taxi Source: Vinasun company official page
Vinasun taxi Source: Vinasun company official page
Mai Lihn taxi Source: Vforum company official page
Mai Lihn taxi Source: Vforum company official page

2. Once you get out of the arrival area of the airport building, you walk to the LEFT

You ignore all call from the people talking to you. The Vinasun and Mai Linh taxi are waiting at the taxi area on the left when you are out of the arrival gate. There are other taxi companies in the line. You ignore all others and find the Vinasun and Mai Linh.

 

Not the silver good looking taxi, not the yellow good looking taxi, not the red good looking taxi!  jus find these two Vinasun or Mai Linh taxi!

 

( Alternatively, you go to the right and go back into the airport building and go up to the departure gate area (just ask the airport staff how to go to the departure gate.). On that floor, you find taxi which drop the people who depart or see their family/friend off . You can also get Vinasun or Mai Lihn. In this case, you need to pay around 10,000 VND (dong) first when the taxi goes out of the airport. Then, you pay the amount based on the meter. Yet, this tip. 2 is much simpler and easier.)

3. Keep only small amount in your wallet

It is important to have little money (small bills) in your wallet. When pay, just give the right amount. 

 

Even when you use two companies Vinasun Taxi and  Mai Linh taxi, it is quite common that the driver gives you only "part of" change when you get off. Let say, if the taxi meter was 150,000 VND (dong), you give 200,000 dong. The driver only gives you 10 dong back as change and try to keep 40,000 dong. The driver tends to say "is this okay?" when he/she giving you not-enough change and tends to get out of the driver's seat to get your bag/luggage out from the rear to finalize the business! 

 

When you get in Vinasun, the staff gives you the piece of paper about the driver who will drive the taxi for you. If you are cheated, you report to the taxi driver based on the information on the piece of paper.

4. Never take any car which parked in the parking lot in front of the airport

Once you are at the arrival area, there are people talking to you and giving you some price (something 140,000 dong to the city). These people will take you to the parking lot across the street. DO NOT EVER FOLLOW THEM. Do not even respond to any call until you are in the Vinasun or Mai Lihn tax.

Scary experience

 Regarding 4. above, we have had a scary experience to share. we were almost in this " trap ". For the first time at the airport, we were not sure where to find the taxi so we wandered a bit. There was a guy talking to us. He was in his not-so-suspicious uniform (a white shirt with a short sleeves and long trousers). He showed us some card he had from his neck which looked like a company's entry card. We did not know what it was written there but he tried to impress us that he was an official taxi broker. He told us 140,000 dong for the city center.He took us to the parking lot across the street then put us at the back seats. 

 

He told us to wait for a driver. A driver came and asked us if this was the first time to visit HCMC. We did not say it was the first time (careful with the answer to this type of question, better not to show that you are the beginner in the city. Drivers may charge you even more if they think you do not know anything!). 

 

He started driving to the exit of the parking lot. Then, the driver asked us to pay a parking fee. The guy in the uniform told us 140,000 dong in total but now the driver asking us to pay something extra already. We said "no". The driver insisted on us paying the parking fee. We had some argument and we showed our wallet with only 150,000 dong. He was furious to find out we had not much money in the wallet.

 

He told us that we better take taxi and drove back to where the car parked. We tried to open the doors. But there were no levers to pull to open the doors. That moment we realized the levers of the back seats were deliberately cut so that the guests can not open the doors from inside!! This way, only the driver can open from outside. We were very lucky getting away from the scam car.

 

Imagine that you drive with that trap car out of the airport! 

 

 

So keep these 4 points in mind when you fly to HCMC.

Uber in VIETNAM?

If you have Uber, Uber is available in Vietnam. Just use Uber. Make sure you have a skype credit so you can call the driver.  

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Trust your common sense and have a safe and fun trip!

 

If you have a good travel tip or information, please share with us.

If you are looking for great hotel for winter sports in Japan, just click here!

 

You may be interested in "how not to be cheated by taxi at Bali airport"

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Vietnam trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

  

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia,  taxi company official websites

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Where Can You Try Make Real Sushi in Japan and How to Get There

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Source: Tamasushi official website
Source: Tamasushi official website

Where Can You Try Make Real Sushi in Japan and How to Get There

Do you love sushi? Do not you want to learn how to make real Sushi from the master? You can do so on your next trip to Japan. Once you learn, you can try to make it back home.

 

In this article, we introduce several key locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto for a quick Sushi training. Be aware that all places have no English speaking sushi master thus you better be with someone who can translate Japanese into English or so, or everyone will get lost! There is 100% crenelation fee if no show-up or cancellation on the day. If you are a vegetarian or have any allergy, you need to let the organizer know in advance. 

List of Sushi Making Experience Venue

1. Tokyo

Source: Tamasushi official website
Source: Tamasushi official website

Name: Tama Sushi

Course Start: Weekday starting at 10:30AM- , on Sat starting 09:30AM- 

Course not availalbe : Sunday/Public holiday 

Duration: 90min

Address: 1-9-4 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045

TEL +81 50-2018-1705 (Contact window open 14:30-17:00)

How to Get: 1 min walk from Exit No. 4 of Tsukiji station (Hibiya line) or 3 min walk fro Exit No.1 of Shintomicho (Yurakucho line)

Note: Only one group (must be 2 ppl or more but 4 ppl max) No English translator. You need to be somebody who can translate what the master says.

 

Cost: Standard Course: 8000JPY (incl. tax)

Premium course: 13000JPY (incl. tax)

 

Here is how to book ( Call to book 3 days in advance at latest)   

 

What you learn? 

 

Sushi History, how to eat Sushi properly

 

How to make sushi ( Nigiri, Gunkan, Maki and Temaki )

 

You can stand behind the Sushi counter to serve other customers

 

Can also see how the master cut/slice fishes

Source: Tamasushi official website
Source: Tamasushi official website
tamasushi gift
Source: Tamasushi official website

After the event, you can take away as souvenir

Memorial Photo 

Original Sushi tea cup

Fan

Sushi uniform (only Premium course )

 

2. Osaka

Source: Design Pocket's official website

Name: Design Pocket

Venue: Tokisushi in Nanba, Osaka

 

Course Start: 1st part 10:00AM, 2nd part 11:30AM 

Course not available : 2 days per month when the Sushi restaurant is closed. (pls call and check)

Duration: 1 hour and 45 min - 2 hours

Address: Depend. Pls call the organizer and check where to meet 

TEL +81 742-34-5789 

How to Get: 1 min walk from Exit No. 4 of Tsukiji station (Hibiya line) or 3 min walk fro Exit No.1 of Shintomicho (Yurakucho line)

Note: Attendee capacity is 1 person or more. max 9 ppl. No English translator. You need to be somebody who can translate what the master says. Be at the venue at least 5 min before the start

 

How to Book. Use this form 1 WEEK in advance or call +81 6-6586-6251  (in Japanese).

 

Cost: Adult 4,980JP (incl. tax) Child (6-10yo) 3,240JPY (incl. tax)

 

What you learn and see

You can visit some traditional kitchen knife shop (10 min), then visit a kitchen uniform shop (5 min) then learn how to make sushi!

 

The organizer offers a quick training for making Japanese sweets and food samples  Source:  Design Pocket's official website
The organizer offers a quick training for making Japanese sweets and food samples Source: Design Pocket's official website

The organizer, Design Pocket, also offer the quick train course for traditional Japanese sweets (click here to go to the official web)  for 2160JPY per person and also food samples  (click here to go to the official web)

3. Nara and Kyoto

Name: Umemori has three locations respectively in Nara, near JR Nara station and Kyoto

 

 

How to Book. Use this form 1 WEEK in advance or call +81 742-34-5789 (sorry, all in Japanese)

 

And...if you are also interested...making food samples 

Name: Ganso Shokuhin Sample Ya

This shop offers the food sample making course. 

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Source: each Sushi restaurant/school websites

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Owl Cafe List in Japan and How to get there

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owl cafe in japan
Source: Wikipedia

Owl Cafe open in Japan

If you love cute things and travel to Japan, you may want to visit  the islands full of cats or the island full of  rabbits or even the island full of (very...cute!) sharks. But these are not super easy places to visit ( esp. when you are only visiting Tokyo).

 

Then, you already know that there are a lot of cat cafes in Japan. Recently (obviously...cute!) snake cafe in Harajuku. We also notice there are cat/dog cafes popping up internationally here and there.

 

But how about owl cafe? In our opinion, owl is like cat plus bird. Cat is cute, bird is also cute. Both cuties got together and become an owl!

 

Living with an owl sounds like the life in Harry Potter, right? Well, you can also experience it, easily, at an owl cafe.

 

For example, "Owl Shop( フクロウのみせ) " in Tsukishima, Tokyo. The cafe opened in October, 2012. There are around 10-15 owls in the cafe. The cost is 1000JPY per hour (as of Sept, 2016). You need to order at least one drink for 600JPY and alcohol 800JPY. The cafe is crowded on weekends.

 

There are not only owl cafes but several more bird cafes recently open in Japan. This may be a new trend.

 

We put the list of owl cafe below for your information.

Owl cafe list and how to get there

Are not they cute? Source: Wikipedia

Here is the list of major owl cafes in Tokyo area, Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka.

 

To save you trouble, better call up in advance and make reservation because some cafes only accept the visitors with reservation in advance. And the entrance fee is usually 1000-2000Jpy usually per hour (around 10-20USD subject to change from time to time). ( Some place has one drink incl. )

 

The list is on going and some new cafe opens and some closes.

 

FYI, some useful Japanese sentences and words for you. when you are in Japan, you can use these Japanese words and sentence. "Fukuro (pronounced as Hukurou)" means owl. You can ask "Fukuro cafe ha dokodesuka? (where can I find an owl cafe?)" around. "Kyou haire masuka? (Can I enter today?)" "nanji ni hairemasuka? (at what time can I enter?)" "Yoyaku ha nai desuga, kyou hairemasuka? (I have no reservation but can I enter today?)".

 

[First try by yourself. If you need help to search/book, Onegai Kaeru team provides the service to do so (with an advance dispose and all fee to be prepaid). Contact us!]

 

 

Owl Cafe in tokyo area and how to get there

 Name: Fukuro no Shiro

Open: 11:00AM- 20:00 (enter before 19:00)

Closed: every day open

Address: Sampo Sogo building 503, 6-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(2F is, a famous ramen shop, Tonkotsu Ramen ICHIRAN, B1F is, a karaoke shop, KARAOKEKAN)

TEL +81 80-3732-0532 

Near Meijijingumae station

 

Name: Ikefukuro no Cafe

Open: Mon-Fri 13:00- 16:00 and pause till 18:00. 18:00 reopen till 19:00.

Saturday, Sunday and public holiday 12:00-18:00

Note: you can only stay for ONE HOUR. If you have your own owl, you can bring it with prior reservation.

Address:6F, 1 Chome-17-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022

TEL +81 3-5904-8344

Near Ikebukuro station

We were here one time. We waited for 30 mins or so on weekday day time.

 

Name: Owl (pronounced Auru) no Mori

Open: 14:00- 23:00 (on Wednesday open at 17:00)

Closed: Monday ( if Monday is a public holiday in Japan, open)

Address:4 Chome−5−8, Sotokanda,  Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021

TEL +81 3-3254-6366

Near Suehirocho station and Akihabara station

 

Name: Fukuro no Mise

Open: Wed and Thurs 14:00-18:00, Fri 12:00-21:00, Sat 12:00-21:00 and Sun 12:00-18:00

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Address: 1 Chome-27-9 Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0052

Near Tsukishima station and Kachidoki station

 

Name: Fukuro no Sato (Owl Village)

 

Note: there is one in Harajuku and the other in Kichijoji. Both do not provide telephone no. You need to book from the website

 

1) Owl Village Kichijoji 

Open: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat, Sun and public holiday 11:00-18:00

Address: 201, JK Kichijoji building, 1 Chome−26−1, Tokyo, Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino-shi, tokyo, 180-0004

Near Kichijoji station

 

2) Owl Village Harajuku 

Open: 11:00-19:00 (you can enter latest at 19:00)

Address: 4F HARAJUKU-ATM Building, 21-15, Jingumae 1 Chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001

 

Near Harajuku station

 

[First try by yourself. If you need help to search/book, Onegai Kaeru team provides the service to do so (with an advance dispose and all fee to be prepaid). Contact us!]

If you are in Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka area, this cafe runs several owl cafes in these areas. You can book from the website (where you see the reservation buttons in the middle on the page for each shop) for example as below.

Owl cafe
Source: Nikkei Trend Net

OWL CAFE IN Osaka AREA AND HOW TO GET THERE

Name: Owl Family Osaka

Eat a lot of Okonomiyaki, then check out some owl cafe

Tel: + 81 6-6360-6205

Open: 11:00AM-19:00

Closed: Monday 

Address:  1-10-13 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

 

How to get there:

Take the Tanimachi line subway or Sakaisuji line and get off at the Minaminorimachi Station. It is 7 minute walk from there to the cafe.

OWL CAFE IN Kyoto AREA AND HOW TO GET THERE

Name: Fukuro no Mise + plus Kyoto Branch

After or midst of your tour in the ancient city, do not you want to check some cute owls? 

Tel: + 81 75-221-2060

Open: 11:00AM-20:00  

Closed: Monday (if a Monday is a public holiday, open and next day is closed)

Address: 1 Funaki Building 2F West Side, 259 Shikibucho, Teramachi dori Rokkaku Sagaru, Nakagyo ward, Kyoto

 

How to get there:

Get off Kawaramachi station and walk on Teramachi-dori str for 15 mins near Animate and almost in front of boogaloo cafe, Teramachi-ten

OWL CAFE IN Fukuoka AREA AND HOW TO GET THERE

Name: Owl Family Hakata 

After you eat a lot of Hakata ramen, visit some of the owl cafes!

Tel: + 81 6-6360-6205

Open: 11:00AM - 19:00

Closed: Monday

Address: 4-211 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi

 

How to get there: Get off at Nakasukawabata station or Gion (Gion in Fukuoka!) station and walk 10 mins, near Kushida jinja shrine

 

 

[First try by yourself. If you need help to search/book, Onegai Kaeru team provides the service to do so (with an advance dispose and all fee to be prepaid). Contact us!]

Where is Snake Cafe in Tokyo and How to get there?

 

 

And...if you are curious about Snake cafe

Name: Tokyo Snake Center

Open: 11:00AM- 20:00

Closed: Tuesday ( if Tuesday is a public holiday in Japan, open)

Address: Sampo Sogo building 8F, 6-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(2F is, a famous ramen shop, Tonkotsu Ramen ICHIRAN, B1F is, a karaoke shop, KARAOKEKAN)

TEL +81 3-6427-9912

Near Meijijingumae station

 

If you have chance to be in Japan, you can visit a cat cafe, or cat office, and a owl cafe to see which relaxes you better.

 

We are a strong advocate of animal protection. If you see any sign of abuse or so, please make action for animal care!

 

[First try by yourself. If you need help to search/book, Onegai Kaeru team provides the service to do so (with an advance dispose and all fee to be prepaid). Contact us!]

 

(UPDATED in Dec, 2016)

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Challenge for Pokemon Go

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Is Nintendo earning as much as it wished originally? Source: Nintendo, Pokemon official website
At some popular Pokestops in Tokyo All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
At some popular Pokestops in Tokyo All rights reserved by onegai kaeru

3 days past since Pokemon Go launched in Japan and we have enjoyed the game so far. we walked a lot from one park to another to collect Pokemon and items. Occasionally we checked in some gyms to see if we can take over.

 

It is good exercise and fun. It connects the whole world through generations from the young to the old (except for some countries which opposed to the game out of the security fear.). It is totally a new world from the old Pokemon games.

 

People travel distance just to get some items and just walk or run to earn some miles for the Pokestops. The world sees almost for the first time the computer "obviously" controls the people. As the computer behind the game does not really care the safety of individuals one by one ( even those who programmed the computer care a lot), we also witness many hurt or even die trying to catch Pokemon (we called such accident, "Poke-Jiko (ポケ事故 or Pokemon accident)" and death, "Poke-shi (ポケ死 or Pokemon death)"). Since its launch (for 4 days) 36 Poke-Jiko (only car related) occurred (NHK). It is terrible to see the increase of such incidents (in many cases between a gamer(s) and non-gamer(s)).

This game brings many of those who used to stay at home playing video games, out of their homes. This is good on one hand, and not good on the other hand. Some of this type of people may not know how to behave in public and may act in a harmful way in public. 

 

There are a lot of homework in this regard for the company to protect the safety of the people. The media will talk about this a lot so we do not feature this challenge [ we featured what you need to be careful with the game here].

 

 

 

Biggest Risk "Boredom"

Here we feature another challenge.  The boredom. The word any game company is afraid most. This kills most of the games in the end.

 

Pokemon GO connects all people. Because of this great connectivity, we see a big challenge for Pokemon GO in the near future.

 

When we played the old Pokemon games, we could battle basically only with our classmates who somehow played on the same ground. The strong ones were not "that" strong. We can get all the Pokemons from our console anywhere we are.

 

Today with Pokemon GO we noticed many of the gyms in the cities were taken over super-strong Pokemon put by the "professional gamers" who know all the tricks and pay as much as money to get the strongest Pokemon even stronger. To get good or special Pokemons, we can not just get it from our console. We need to go out to the big cities. Many in the country side have problem finding even Pokestops nearby.  The professionals go to the big cities and come back to country sides to put their super strong Pokemon on the local gyms. We can not really match these "professional" Pokemon gamers whatever we do ( unless we pay some amount of money to travel for some special locations in the cities and pay for items).

 

Due to its nature, the power game in Pokemon GO reflects the social division (say geographic, say financial etc.) very acutely and this can make this game very boring for many in the end.

 

This is how many kids feel, who play with just some limited time ( and maybe some allowance). The gyms are located at some public parks where kids gather but there is no chance for normal kids to win at the gym. Currently even kids need to fight professional boxers at their local gym and few dare to try even. 

 

Because Pokemon GO put us all together with these professionals, the game becomes more and more boring. Probably the company needs to bring about the boxing like league system such as super flyweight, heavyweight etc. Or, good idea to have some system to have a private battle between individuals. If this is possible, there shall be zillions of "private" gyms and the pressure on the server shall be massive. Thus, the operating company would not want to do it easily. 

 

 

How to keep all users excited yet with the company remaining in good profit.  This will be a major challenge for Niantic, Google, the Pokemon company and Nintendo. 

Possible Interest Conflict

Another risk... is that a potential conflict of interest among these companies which run the game. Google and Niantic have a significant power over this game. It is not too much to say that because Google was involved, this Pokemon GO hype has happened. Yet, as the owner of Pokemon, Nintendo is most likely to have wished it had more say on how to drive this game and had a bigger piece of the cake. Nintendo could also say that without Pokemon, Niantic would be nothing ( in fact, Ingress, a Niantic's AR game which is the basis of Pokemon GO, was not really a popular game).

 

 

Seeing its stock price is sky-rocketing, some days ago Nintendo officially announced that the company would not profit much from Pokemon GO. This indicates the profit portion for Nintendo IS small, probably much smaller than it really wished. If not solved early, this type of frustration will evolve into a big issue in the future. Probably some law long lasting suits amongst these parties.

 

We presume that what Google planned to create is the GPS based platform to motive the public dances and to cover the most of the globe getting the personal information (behavior/movement/purchase etc.).

 

At the end of day, Pokemon is just a content to consume on the platform. When people turn away from Pokemon (when the content is consumed), Google will put another content like Disney or Warner Bro or a totally difference face on the platform.

 

This is what Nintendo must be so afraid of. This is what we think will make the interest conflict worse in the future (we hope not!).

Next Step for Pokemon Go

If we were Niantic and Google, a next probable move with Pokemon GO would be

1)  to increase the number of gyms to flatten the power balance

and

2) to integrate the real world into the virtual reality even more. For example, the shop can issue some voucher the user can really use at the shop. Such that the people can get a voucher at McDonald's (a pokestop) to get some free drink for the menu purchase.  This can easily keep people excited with new deal/voucher(s) and new venue to issue such deal/voucher(s). And...more importantly, this does not increase too much cost to customize the current game platform.

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Source: Wikipedia, NHK news

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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POKÉMON GO RELEASED IN JAPAN

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22nd of July POKÉMON GO finally released in Japan.   After long speculation and delays the game is finally out in Japan.

 

As of 22nd of July, only Android app is downloadable but you can also get the iOS app from a overseas app store if you have an foreign account. We played and tested POKÉMON GO on iOS in Japan this morning. It worked smoothly.

 

Not many kids have no smartphone ( and should not have them anyway ). But if your kid really wants, you can play with them with your smartphone and go out with them to the field.  ( You can try and get a cheap second hand smartphone and use your smartphone tethering to give the access to it. We are not sure how GPS works with no mobile contract)

 

National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity ( NISC ), a government body of Japan issued the warning on the game with the instruction how to play it safe. 

Tips to collect POKÉMON GO monsters efficiently

Here are some tips to collect POKÉMON GO monsters efficiently

 

1. Walk fast, and try to walk straight to get "distance" if you want to hutch the egg (if you stay in one area, the egg does not hutch)

 

2. You find many Pokemons on bus and train

 

3. Ask friends where they find Pokemon, check some community message board

 

4. Have two smartphones to always check the map

 

5. To level up fast, collect many Pidgey, Rattata etc.

 

If you have good tips, share with us!

Example of place in Japan which ban Pokemon GO

We notice many public places prohibit Pokemon Go in Japan. We put some example below. If you see some sign to that effect, please follow the rule.

 

Several shrines/temples ban the use of the game

e.g. Izumo Taisha, Shimane

Unshoji, Kanagawa

Miyazaki shrine, Hiroshima

 

Ohter notable places include...

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), Hiroshima

Play safe!!! (now it is released in Japan!)

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

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Source: Wikipedia, NICS website, Pokemon Official website

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Japan Government Warn Pokemon Go User in Japan

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Source: NISC
Source: NISC

Pokemon GO seems like to be released based on Kaeru team's prediction. The actual reason for the delay in Japan seems to be what we predicted.

 

Prior to its release, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity ( NISC ), a government body of Japan, issues safety instruction for the Pokemon GO users called "Our wish for Every Pokemon Trainer ( みんなへおねがい♪ )" on 20th of July. This is exactly what we predicated as well.

 

The government and Nintendo seem to have studied the incidents overseas with this GPS based game and made this announcement. This is for kid to cover the basic safety rules for such a game.

 

The instruction covers:

1. Protect personal information

Do not use the real name and Do not take and publish phone of something close to your address.

2. Watch out for scam apps, cheat tool

To avoid malware, only install from the official website.

 

3. Install a weather app

Pay attention to the weather forecast and take rest from time to time. Weather can change abruptly esp. afternoon in summer with lightening storm  etc. in Japan.

4. Be careful with Heat stroke

Playing under the strong sun, make sure to drink and take rest.

5. Bring the external battery

Smartphone uses up its battery easily with this game. Always have one or two external battery(ies) with you even it is heavy!

6. Carry telephone card or coin just in case need to use a public phone

In case the smartphone's battery dries up, carry some coins or so to use a public telephone in case of emergency

7. Do not enter somewhere dangerous

Better play around the area familiar to you and also do not approach anywhere looking unsafe such as river, cliff, ocean, forest etc. without parental guidance.

8. Be careful with people who try to meet online/offline

Sexual offenders are everywhere and watch out for these criminals. Be with parents and call police immediately as soon as see anyone suspicious. 

9. Do not use the smartphone while walking

Very basic!

What NISC Warning Did Not Cover?

What the warning did not cover is the internet contract issue. Pokémon GO player go outside with no WIFI. Check the internet usage limit on the contract and increase it if you need. Many of you in Japan tend to have 4-5GB usage limit with your carriers. It depends how hard you play though, you may hit the limit and the connection shall be slowed down by the carriers.

 

One idea is that if you are with a big carrier like Docomo, AU (KDDI) or Softbank paying 4000-8000JPY per month, consider AEON mobile or Rakuten Mobile which cut your smartphone payment drastically (to 1000-2000JPY for similar or even better deal) in Japan ( if you have a SIM free smartphone from overseas, you can get a SIM card plan ( Note: check your compatibility)). 

For example, you can get Pokémon GO Plus, a watch like device as below to put on your wrist to notify you when Pokémon is around or events taking place.

Pokémon GO Plus use bluetooth to notify you of any Pokémon around you Source: Pokemon official website
Pokémon GO Plus use bluetooth to notify you of any Pokémon around you Source: Pokemon official website

Play safe!!! (when it is released in Japan...)

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

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Source: Wikipedia, NICS website, Pokemon Official website

 

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Pokémon Rage Released. possible release date of Pokémon Go in Japan

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Have you already played Pokémon GO?

 

The game utilized the real locations like Kanto region and Hokkaido of Japan, New York and Paris for the inspiration of the world. The music is composed by Junichi Masuda who made most of the musics for Pokémon.

 

Today it is the game which the whole world plays like crazy. If you are in the US, Australia etc. OUTSIDE of Japan, you can play (as of 15th of July, 2016). As the home base of Pokémon, many fans are frustrated in Japan. There have been some news telling Pokémon GO comes to Japan on 14(which was false) or 15th of July, and some says in August or in September, some says by the end of 2016.

 

Kaeru team have witnessed that in Japan many Pokémon fanatics are increasingly angry and some even could not work in office properly having to check their smartphone to see if already released every 10 mins. We called "Pokémon Rage (some are diagnosed " Pokémon Blue/Loss" )".

 

Here is our analysis about the possible cause of why Pokémon GO not released in Japan yet and when to be released.

Why not released in Japan YET?

Japanese Market Unique factor

[Update: Pokemon GO released in Japan and we seemed correct with all the predictions as below. Now we see a new big challenge for the game. ]

 

Nintendo, an old Japanese company, needs to consider risk factors a lot. It is called "compliance" in Japan.

 

As Pokémon GO uses GPS and a mixture of real world and virtual world, the world already noticed there have been controversies such as users play the game while driving, users going into some buildings with no permission, Pokémon appearing in some war/history memorial museums in the US, some religious groups oppose to the use of this game.

 

Seeing these issues, Nintendo looking into these and trying to come up with the countermeasures. 

 

Japanese society tends to pay too much attentions to the details picking the tiniest issue and making a big deal. It is easy to imagine if one of these issues outside of Japan happens in Japan, the media will react and attack the company saying "Nintendo did not do anything in Japan even if it already knew it happened in the US". 

 

We guess that Niantic, the US company, creator of Pokémon GO should be so desperate to start in Japan but Nintendo may need time to access these risks before the launch. The cost to take care of these attacks is massive. Imagine that a nice Pokémon appears in/near a Yakuza house or sexual predator and kids will go up there and have some prob. Many kids die in the river or sea in the summer season in Japan and what Pokémon appears somewhere kinda dangerous near the river or so, the company will be under massive attacks.

 

Therefore, it is most likely that the company is in intensive discussion with relevant authorities to make sure how to manage the risks. It should be carefully selecting where to put PokéStops and Gyms where many users may gather up.

 

( Update: The Japanese government body, NISC, issued the warning on 20th of July proving our point. )

Server Issue

Pokémon GO in the US users experience server down/crashing often. This means that the estimate of user number was not correct. Niantic and Nintendo probably recalculate the possible server numbers to start with negotiating with the telecom companies like NTT, KDDI as well Amazon or so. 

Commercial Issues with Current POKÉMON Campaigns in Japan

Costly Pokemon event usually held in summer  Source: Nintendo, Pokemon, JR West, JR Kikaku
Costly Pokemon event usually held in summer Source: Nintendo, Pokemon, JR West, JR Kikaku

As of July, 2016 we see several Pokémon (NOT Pokémon GO) campaigns running e.g. with McDonald's and two major railway companies, JR East (till 21st of Aug) and JR West (till 4th of Sept).

 

We participated in the past the one with JR East where we travel with the JR East train to several stations to collect stampsFor this year, it is from 23rd of July till 21st of Aug. As far as we see the details, there is no mention on Pokémon GO. These campaigns are initiatives by Nintendo in Japan to sign the deal. If Pokémon GO (lead by Niantic, not Nintendo) comes to Japan now, it may commercially damage these campaigns in Japan.

 

There must be a lot of negotiations with these sponsors to make sure there shall be a solution for mutual benefits.  

 

Should these events incorporate Pokémon GO to increase its popularity? Well, imagine how much to cost to modify and reprint/republish all the promotional materials/ads and re-air the TV/online ads. And special setting just for these summer events in Pokémon GO?  Possible cost negotiation again with these sponsors with new pricing model? Not likely.

When Pokémon Go launches in Japan?

Kaeru team's guess is that the launch timing should be related to the timing of summer holiday for kids in Japan. Pokémon GO users outside of Japan are to the large extent teens and 20s. The significant portion of the Pokémon GO user base in Japan yet shall be 5-16 years old (5-12 years old using the parents smartphones).

 

If we were Nintendo, we would definitely release the game for the summer holiday season. The school holiday(public school) in Japan starts usually around 21st of July till around 31st of August. The earliest starts are for kids in Chiba and Shimane prefectures (16th of July).

 

The release should be sometime between 16th of July and 23rd of July, 2016.

 

Majority of school summer holiday starts on 21st, but why 23rd? Of course, Nintendo shall try to launch it on 21st of July but may need some extra time. The summer holiday starts on 23rd of July in Kyoto. Nintendo is a Kyoto based company and the workers definitely want to launch it for their kids. It is just our wild guess.

 

The worst case scenario is it only comes after all the ongoing Pokémon events finish (i.e. 4th of Sep) as mentioned above. These big sponsors pay( and paid even Pokémon was in downturn in the past) a lot of money for Nintendo to run these events thus if Nintendo does anything to detrimental to the events, it will face obligation to pay fine/damage based on the agreements and damage the relationship with these loyal sponsors.   

To enjoy Pokémon Go

Whether our guess hits the right or not, Pokémon GO will come to Japan for sure. We show you how to enjoy it most. 

Bring external battery

With this game, you use camera, GPS connection and internet connection almost constantly and the smart phone battery would not last. Buy and bring some extra external batteries with you.

Check the internet contract ( internet usage limit)

You play Pokémon GO outside with no WIFI. Check your internet usage limit on the contract and increase it if you need. Many of you in Japan tend to have 4-5GB usage limit with your carriers. It depends how hard you play though, you may hit the limit and the connection shall be slowed down by the carriers. 

Use your common sense and educate your kids about the common sense

Do not drive while playing Pokémon GO. Do not approach the river, cliff, sea or anywhere even though there are nice Pokémons coming up. If you are an adult, you probably will not need to worry about these. It is just a common sense. But how about your kids? Teach them and protect them.

 

For example, you can get Pokémon GO Plus, a watch like device to put on your wrist to notify you when Pokémon is around or events taking place.

Pokémon GO Plus use bluetooth to notify you of any Pokémon around you Source: Pokemon official website
Pokémon GO Plus use bluetooth to notify you of any Pokémon around you Source: Pokemon official website

Do not Cheat

Technically some users seem to cheap by spoofing GPS (currently possible with rootkit and unapproved software). Niantic is watching and punishing (with suspension and termination) for the cheat. 

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Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

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Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia, Pokemon official website

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Great Swimmig Pool list-Summer in Tokyo area, Japan

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GREAT SWIMMIG POOL LIST-SUMMER IN TOKYO AREA, JAPAN

If you live in Japan or you are visiting Japan in the summer(July-Sept), you know the heat season here is not bearable with this high humidity. One option is to stay still in the room with strong AC. But this may not be so exciting and fun.

 

How about swimming in the cold water under the strong sun? You will surely enjoy the dip in the water. 

 

We would like to put the focus on the great swimming pools in Japan. Be aware that you expect to pay more than 3000JPY (30USD) per person and also the swimming pool may be full of people. Do not dare to get there on weekends. Try at least weekday if you can.

 

For theme park swimming pools operated by private sectors, we went to many of them in Japan and understand the cost consists of :

1) Entrance ticket to the theme park

2) Entrance ticket to the swimming pool

3) Extra ticket to use some special ride

4 ) Locker fee (up to 500 JPY or so. Annoying hidden cost. This is not refundable usually (e.g. you put 600 JPY and only 100 JPY refundable) !!) 

5) VIP area ( some swimming pools offer you an area with a parasol, a table and set of chairs dedicated for you, usually 1000-2000 JPY per day )

6 ) Inflated price for less-than-average foods/drinks

 

Onegai Kaeru team's advice to lower the cost are :

For 1)-3) above, try to get the ticket in advance for the bargain price ( you can buy it online or from convenience stores )

For 4) above, bring your own bag. There are thieves so better bring your cash/valuable in a water proof bag you can always carry in the water.

For 5) above, you do not really need it unless you are with your grand parents or small kids and the place is super crowded with super hot day.

For 6) above, just bring your own foods/drinks. Bring your cooler box with a lot of ice to keep things nice and cool.

 

The cost is usually much cheaper for the public swimming pool but rather boring and even more crowded. 

 

Most of the swimming pools open at 09:00AM or 10:00AM depending on day.

 

Do not forget to bring the skin protection and enough drink. The sun in summer is very strong and you may get heat stroke. For kids, do not forget something (student card or so) to show the age.

 

And...DO NOT FORGET ABOUT TATTOO RULE IN JAPAN (some swimming pools do not even allow Tattoo concealer)!

Big Swimming Pools In Tokyo

These are in Tokyo but not all are that center. 

Tokyo Summer Land, Adventure lagoon

Source: official website All about
The big toilet " DEKASLA " Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Akiruno city, Tokyo

Open: 1st of July - 30th of Sept (2016)

 

The toilet looking slider called " DEKASLA " is fun. But we waited for one hour to get the ride. It is not in the city centre. You go into the mountain area of Tokyo. It has also an indoor area thus even if rains you can swim.

 

1800 JPY for 61 years old or older

3500 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

2500 JPY for primary school student 

1800 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If you also want to ride attractions, 4500 JPY inclusive ticket available.

(as of 2016)

Toshimaen

Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Nerima, Tokyo

Open: 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of July, and 16th of July - 31st of Aug (2016)

 

Just 30 mins from Ikebukuro area. Of course, always many people.

 

4000 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

3000 JPY for kid of 110 cm height or taller (before Jr high)

2000 JPY for kid shorter than 110 cm (before Jr high) 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

Locker costs up to 500 JPY!

(as of 2016)

Yomiuri Land, Pool WAI

Kids can enjoy Ampanman pool Source: official website and All about
Kids can enjoy Ampanman pool Source: official website and All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Inagi city, Tokyo

Open: 1st of July-11th of Sept (2016)

 

30 mins from Shinjuku by Keio Line or Odakyu Line.

 

2000 JPY for 65 years old or older

3200 JPY for adult between 18 years old and 64 years old

2500 JPY for Jr. high and high school student

2100 JPY for 3 years old and primary school student 

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

With ticket to ride attractions incl., it is up to 6000 JPY.

(as of 2016)

Showa Kinen Koen, Rainbow Pool

Source: official website and All about
Source: official website and All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Tachikawa city and Akisihma city, Tokyo

Open: 16th of July-4th of Sept (2016)

 

Inside the big park. 9 types of swimming pools. It has a BBQ area so you can enjoy BBQ and swimming! 1 hour from Tokyo by Chuo Line. Nishi-Tachikawa station is the closest (2 min walk). Operated by a public sector, the price is fair.

 

500 JPY for 65 years old or older

2300 JPY for 15 years old or older

1200 JPY for primary school and Jr. high student

300 JPY for 4 years old ( before primary school student )

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If pregnant, 500 JPY ( need to show your mother's note "Boshi Techo/母子手帳 ").

(as of 2016)

BIG SWIMMING POOLS Near Tokyo

Some are cheaper than the ones in Tokyo. For example, Saitama Suijo Park is not as expensive. But the same rules apply. Try not get there on weekends at least. Inexpensive means much more people than expensive places.

Saitamasuijo Park

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Ageo city, Saitama

Open: 9th and 10th of July, and 16th of July-31st of Aug (2016)

 

Take bus from Ageo station East Exit and get off at "Sports Sogo Centre (スポーツ総合センター)" ( or 30 mins walk from Ageo station) (Takasaki Line). One of the most reasonably priced swimming pools in Tokyo area for this size.

 

510 JPY for adult

210 JPY for kid (primary school or Jr. high student (Jr. high student needs to present their student card or so to show the age))

Special deal for a family (2 adults and 2 kids) is  1230 JPY

(as of 2016)

 

Similar swimming pools are in Kawagoe city , Kazo city and Koshigaya city. Quite cheap but you will be almost 100% sardined!

Tobu Dobutsu Koen, Tobu Super Pool

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Miyashiro, Saitama

Open: 16th of July - 4th of Sept (2016)

 

It has a Zoo and theme park. If you love animals, you can see some and dive into the swimming pool!

 

1700 JPY for 60 years old or older

2400 JPY for adult Jr. high student or older

1100 JPY for 3 years old and primary school student 

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

With ticket to ride attractions incl. , it is up to 4800 JPY.

(as of 2016)

Hasunuma Kaihin Koen, Hasunuma Water Garden

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
official website hasunuma
Source: official website

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Sanmu city, Chiba

Open: 9th and 10th of July, 16th of July-31st of Aug, 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th  of Sept, 17th of  of Sept-19th of  of Sept (2016)

 

1440 JPY for adult

1030 JPY for high school student

510 JPY for primary and Jr. high student 

230 JPY for 4 years old or older

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

Water slide etc. cost extra e.g. 200 - 400 JPY one time 

(as of 2016)

Seibu Yuenchi Pool

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Tokorozawa city, Saitama

Open:2nd and 3rd of July, and 9th of July-31st Aug. 2nd of Sept-4th of Sept(2016)

 

1.5 hour from Ikebukuro by Seibu Line.

This year it is open till 21:00.

 

 

1300 JPY for 60 years old or older

2400 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

1300 JPY for 3 years old or primary school student 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If you also want to ride attractions, 3000 JPY inclusive ticket available.

(as of 2016)

Kodomo no Kuni

Source : official website and All About
Source : official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Yokohama city, Kanagawa

Open: 16th of July - 30th of Aug  Note: Closed on every Wednesday ( but open on 17th of Aug (Wed) )(2016)

Around 1 hour from Shibuya/Yokohama, get off at Kodomonokuni station (こどもの国駅)

1100 JPY for adult ( high school students or older)

450 JPY for primary and Jr. high students

350 JPY for 3 years old or older 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

(as of 2016)

Ending Note-looking for cheaper deals?

Did you find a good place? Do you have any favourite? You can share your experience with us.

 

Here we introduced the theme park style swimming pools (big slides, artificial waves etc.), almost all of which cost some fortune.

 

If you are on budget, there are many small size public swimming pools in Tokyo area which is cheaper than all of these places in this article. These swimming pools are like gym pools. Try this list (all in Japanese and some are only for the residents of the area. Call the place up beforehand to make sure you can get in!).

More articles for you to enjoy:

 

Looking for a beautiful Japanese inn with private bath during your trip to Japan? Here is the list!

 

Hungry in Japan? Find the unbelievably big and cheap food from our "where can we get full" list!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia, All About, official website of each theme park

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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バリ国際空港でだまされないために (インドネシア)

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Your Bali trip usually starts from DPS airport. All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
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インドネシア、バリに遊びに行こうかと思われている方、既にバリに到着されて空港の無料WIFIを使っている方、いろいろな方がこの記事を読まれると思います。既にホテルに到着している方には役に立たない情報です。ビザやぼったくりに遭わないためのコツを紹介します。

 

(別記事の「ベトナムホーチミン空港でだまされないコツ」についてもご参照を)

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インドネシア バリにビザは必要?

ビザについて、日本のパスポートがあればビザは不要です(2016年6月29日現在)。日本で何もせず、パスポートだけもって飛行機に乗り込み、バリ国際空港の中に「Visa on arrival (到着ビザ)」というカウンターがありますが、ここを無視して「Immigration (入国管理)」に進んでください。ここでパスポートにスタンプを押してもらいインドネシア(バリ)に入国です。

 

バリにいく場合、基本的にはバリ国際空港(正式名:ングラ・ライ国際空港、別名:デンパサール国際空港(通称 DPS))に降り立ちます。

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空港内での無料WIFI

こちらは空港名で無料WIFIが提供されています。このWIFIを使うにはコツがいります。WIFIの利用ページはインドネシア語なのですが、そのままインドネシア語で進めてください。英語に直すとエラーになります。

 

もし、この記事を空港の無料WIFIで初めて見た方は、そろそろ空港をでて、ホテルに向かわれると思うので、直ぐ下の情報を読んでだまされないようにしてください。

空港タクシーについて

バリ国際空港のタクシーのボッタくり率は東南アジアの中でもかなり高いです。どうやっても、1週間ー1ヶ月の旅行で、3,4回はぼったくられるのは仕方ないですが、できるだけぼったくられ率を減らすためにいくつかオプションをご紹介します。

オプション1

ボッタくられない為のコツで確実なのは、「空港を歩いて出てブルーバードタクシー」をつかまえることです。

 

ブルーバードタクシーとは、ジャカルタに本社を置くインドネシア全体をカバーするタクシー会社で、メーターをしっかりつかいインドネシアの中では、比較的安心な会社です。出張でインドネシアに行く人も、かならずブルーバードタクシーだけを使うようにしています。(因みに、ジャカルタでは、他にも安心なのはシルバーバード、ホワイトエクスプレスといわれています。)

 

バリ国際空港の問題は、このブルーバードの到着ゲートへの乗り入れを禁止していることです。正確には、ブルーバードはあなたを空港の出発ゲートに連れて行くことはできても、空港に到着したあなたを乗せる(ピックアップ)ことはできないようにされています。到着ゲートに停まっているタクシーはブルーバード以外かブルーバードタクシーの偽者(ブルーバードににたデザインです)で、ボッタくり値段です。

 

空港内でタクシーと値段交渉をして、ごねて相手がキレると、「じゃ、空港を歩いてでてタクシーでもつかまえろ」といわれますが、これは実はいいアドバイスです。ぼったくられない為には空港を歩いて出てブルーバードタクシーをつかまえるのが良いのです。

 

新興国でよく使われるのは、到着ゲートを出た辺りにあるタクシーカウンターにて前払いでタクシーを使うことですが、バリ国際空港ではこのタクシーカウンターもぼったくりです。実際、普通はRp.(ルピーのこと)55,000距離(空港からLegian)でRp.250,000を請求されました。要注意です。

こちらにバリ国際空港から主要な地域へのタクシー所要時間・料金がありますのでこちらを参考にして下さい。

 

· Kuta : 5-10分  Rp.(ルピーのこと)45,000 - Rp. 55,000

· Legian : 10分  Rp.45,000 - Rp. 55,000

· Seminyak : 15-30分 Rp.60,000

· Jimbaran : 15-30分 Rp.70,000

· Nusa Dua : 30 - 40分 Rp.95,000

· Ubud : 60 - 80分 Rp.195,000

 

KerobokanはRp.70,000、SanurはRp.95,000です。

 

これらの情報をタクシー運転手に見せても、「古い」とか色々といちゃもんをつけられます。そうしたら、その場を速やかに立ち去り別の運転手と話しましょう。

オプション2

ウーバーを使う。これはタクシーよりも安心で安いかもしれません。ウーバーについてはこちらを。自分はバリでは使ったことがないですが、スマホ上で事前に値段を決めてクレジットカードで決済できるので便利です。

オプション3

クラクラバス(公共のバス)を利用。Rp.20,000からです。値段的にはウーバーよりも安いのではないかと思います。バリ国際空港の近くにバス停がないので、Kutaまでと同じ距離ほどありますので1時間ほどあるくか、空港を歩いて出て、ブルーバードでバスターミナルまで行き、そこから目的地にバスで出発。時刻表と、自分の宿泊地がバス停の近くにあるかどうかを調べてください。バスのページは日本語でも出ています。日本人の方が社長さんで、日本JTB系列の会社のようです。

クラクラバスの路線カバー範囲

Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website
Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website

クラクラバスの路線図

Source: official website
Your hotel better close to one of these bus stops Source: official website

主要なホテルはカバーしており、バス停に名前がなくても自分の宿泊先が直ぐ近くにある場合が多いです。

How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website
How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website
Three types of Kurakurabus Source: official website
Three types of Kurakurabus Source: official website

クラクラバスの種類は3種類で、社内にはコンセントもついてます。

クラクラバスのバスターミナルの場所

勘違いされる方が多いのですが、クラクラバスのバスターミナルは空港からは徒歩で1時間くらいです。下に地図を表示しました。

(当たり前ですが、)空港のタクシーの方々はクラクラバスを嫌っているようで、クラクラバスについては何も教えてくれません。「クラクラバスのことは知らない」「クラクラバスは存在しない」という一点張りです。これは空港のホテルやインフォメーションでも同じですから皆さん結託されているようです。

オプション4

空港から歩くのがいやな方は、宿泊のホテルが用意する空港からのピックアップの利用がお勧めです。4つ星、5つ星のホテルにご宿泊の場合は、追加料金オプションなりでホテルはほぼ必ず用意しています。

 

もちろんホテルですから、かなりのボッタくり料金で設定されています。

 

ただし、ある程度のホテルならきれいな車の中で、冷たいいい香りのするお絞りが出てくる、ウェルカムドリンクがでてくるなどあり、「だまされた感」はありませんので、そちらをお勧めします。

 

他のお客様が同乗されていなければ、途中でいい景色やコンビニがあれば停車してくれます。また、ホテルの宿泊費に込みの場合もありますので、これは事前に絶対にチェックしたほうが良いでしょう。

 

慣れてきた帰りはホテルからブルーバードタクシーでいいのではないでしょうか。

最後に

ぼったくられたと思ったら、タクシー会社に連絡をいれましょう。タクシー会社の名前・連絡先、タクシードライバーの名前、IDなどは全て携帯で写真を撮る(嫌味にならないように風景を撮っている振りをするなど)などしておくのが無難でしょう。

 

ちなみに、ぼったくりは東南アジアやその他の地域の新興国ではあたり前で、低賃金、生活の保証も無い、厳しい経済の中、生活の手段としてされている一面もあります。特にタクシードライバーは休みも少なく勤務時間も長い仕事であるのは先進国でも新興国でも同じです。

 

先進国でも、道をわざと遠回りしたりと分かりにくいぼったくりはあったりします。

 

ぼったくられてしまっても、その人の家族(と、その元締め含め?)がこれで数日食っていけると考えて、あまり気にしないようにしましょう。折角の旅行ですから。

 

ここで紹介したコツはあくまで個人的な私見に基づく参考意見です。何事も、最後は安全第一で、安物買いの銭失いどころか、思わぬ事件・事故に巻き込まれないよう無理はしないようにしてください。

お勧めの記事:ベトナムホーチミン空港でぼったくられないために

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Bali trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

  

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia,  Kurakura Bus website

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

免責事項: 著作権など産業財産権の一切は弊社に帰属いたします。また、上記は、ごく一般的な参考意見です。当該意見を元に生じた如何なる損害、問題などにつき、弊社は、一切の責任をとりません。ご自身のご判断・費用・責任にて慎重に検討しご対応・行動お願いします。All rights reserved by onegai kaeru

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How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at DPS Airport, Indonesia

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Your Bali trip usually starts from DPS airport. All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016
Your Bali trip usually starts from DPS airport. All right reserved Onegai Kaeru 2016

Kaeru team travels around the world. We usually write only about Japan. But we thought that as we have extensive knowledge, we should share it with the world.

 

We travel often in South East Asia. If you traveled to one of the countries in the area, you would understand the people almost always try to overcharge you (if you are not local).

Well, it is normal that the local try to overcharge tourists because they face fierce competition and need to live from hand to mouth. But... you still do not want to overpay, right? We share some very practical tips based on our latest trip to Bali, Indonesia 23 June, 2016. (The situation may change from time to time. If one of these tips do not work, just think other way. Probably our tip is not valid any more). 

If you arrange the shuttle bus or airport pick up from your hotel, you do not really need most of our tips as you are already overcharged. Our tip is only useful if you did not book the airport pickup service from your hotel.

 

(Check out another article: how not to be cheated by taxi at Tan Son Nhat International airport, HCMC, Vietnam)

 

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First tip:

When you travel to Bali, you fly into DPS airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar)). Once you arrive at DPS airport, you HAVE the access to the free WIFI internet at the airport. DPS airport kindly provides you the WIFI access. But there is a small tip.  The default page is in Indonesian and do NOT change it to English. If you choose English, the page gets error and you will NOT have internet, or you will need to pay to access the plan based internet. You just proceed with Indonesian language and you get a free WIFI. With the airport free internet, gather as much information as possible before you go out to the arrival gate. If you are reading this article at the airport, then you are lucky! Just read the below.

 

Second Tip:

Do NOT take any taxi from the arrival gate of DPS. If you are in Indonesia, you know the BlueBird taxi which is a relatively safe bet against other illegal taxi and also fake Bluebird taxi.  The reason is simple. BlueBird taxi can NOT come to pick you up at the DPS due to some local rule (probably set up by the local taxi industry or so) (But Bluebird taxi can drop you off at the airport). This means that even you go to the taxi ticket gate to pay in advance or you pick one of the taxis around the arrival gate, these are potentially expensive taxis which will try to charge you from 80,000 Rp - 250,000 Rp to get Kuta beach area. (Whereas indicative price to Kuta/Legian from DPS is just 45-55,000 Rp. You will see at the bottom of this page the indicative price list for major regions from Bali airport (DPS))

 

We were actually offered 250,000 Rp to get Legian! Never pay this!

 

Then how you should get to your hotel without taxi? 

 

Walk out of DPS airport and use Kurakura Bus(a public bus which takes you to many main places in Bali starting from 20,000Rp to Kuta) as much as possible

 

First check if your hotel is close to one of the bus stops on KuraKura Bus (most of the main hotels are close to the bus stops).

NOTE: The bus stop of Kurakura bus is not close to the airport. We show you how to get there below.

 

Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website
Kurakura bus covers main tourist area in Bali Source: Kurakura Bus official website
Source: official website
Your hotel better close to one of these bus stops Source: official website

Option 1

If not...so far from the stop. first better change to the hotel which is close to the bus stop if possible.

If not possible to change the hotel,

Then, walk out the airport and find the Bluebird taxi to get your hotel. (Remember the Bluebird can not pick you up from the airport but it can pick you up outside of the airport).

 

How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website
How Kurakura bus looks like Source: official website

Option 2

If close to the bus stop, walk out the airport and find the Bluebird taxi to get DPS Bus Bay and get the KuraKura Bus ( Use this bus map to find if your hotel is located close to one of the bus stops

Note: DPS Bus Bay is an shopping mall where Kurakura Bus starts. The distance from DPS is almost similar to the Kuta beach ( around 4km). You can also walk for 50 mins. 

 

Option 3

If your hotel is so far from the stop but still in the same direction from the area e.g. Ubud. Then, walk out the airport and find the Bluebird taxi to get DPS Bus Bay and get the KuraKura Bus to the bus stop then take another Bluebird.

 

Three types of Kurakurabus. Inside you even find plugs for your device! Source: official website
Three types of Kurakurabus. Inside you even find plugs for your device! Source: official website

Where is DFS Galleria Bus Bay?

The Kurakura Bus stop is on the ground Floor of DFS Galleria, near the cafe at the East entrance

The main bus bay is located at Simpang Siur junction in Kuta.

At DPS airport, you ask for the direction for Kurakura bus, nobody will give you any direction. Some even try to convince us Kurakura Bus does not exit! The information desk person also never tells you how to get Kurakura bus. You ask the information desk how to get out of the airport on foot if you are not sure. 

 

Indicative Taxi fare from Bali Airport?

If you do not want to walk out of the airport or walk out the airport, if you take taxi with no Kurakura bus. Here is our tip.

 

Always negotiate first if the taxi has no meter counter. You can use as these prices as indicator to check if taxi is overcharging. 

 

These are normal fee. Taxi drivers usually come with "these prices are old/outdated". If you hear the word, just walk away and find another taxi.

 

· Kuta : 5-10 minutes  Rp.45,000

· Legian: 10 minutes         Rp. 45,000-55,000

· Seminyak : 15-30 minutes Rp.60,000

· Jimbaran : 15-30 minutes Rp.70,000

· Nusa Dua : 30 - 40 minutes Rp.95,000

· Ubud : 60 - 80 minutes Rp.195,000

 

Other areas are:

Kerobokan Rp.70,000

Sanur Rp.95,000

 

Source of the price list 

Uber in Bali?

Probably Uber is also an option? We usually do not use Uber in Japan so we did not use it in Bali but considering the advantage of Uber, we should have done Uber.

 

Any experience with Uber in Bali? 

Important Lesson

The most important lesson today is to walk out the DPS airport and get the Bluebird taxi outside the airport. There are so many bluebird taxis outside the airport. They (all taxi incl. illegal ones) will beep when they see you to see if you need ride. ( there are many Bluebird taxi at the departure gate and we did not try to get that one to get out of the airport yet...Probably it does not work because there is a check point at the gate of airport)

 

Some taxi drivers do not know the way if your venue is somewhere complicated (or some drivers just pretend not to know the way so that can drive all the way to overcharge). If you do not like to be unhappily overcharged but do not want to adventure a bit, the safest way is to book the airport pick up from your hotel. The hotel already overcharged you and you are usually happy to be overcharged by the hotel.

 

Good luck and safe trip in Bali!

 

If you are looking for great hotel for winter sports in Japan, just click here!

 

Check out another article: how not to be cheated by taxi at Tan Son Nhat International airport, HCMC, Vietnam

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Bali trip.

 

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Source: Wikipedia,  Kurakura Bus website

 

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Save Beautiful Harajuku Station

JR plan to DESTROY Today's Harajuku Station

Japan Railway East‬ announced it will renovate the current ‪‎Harajuku station (built in 1924) into a modern (and cheap!) looking concrete block as below.

Current Harajuku station Source: Wikipedia edited by onegai kaeru
Current Harajuku station Source: Wikipedia edited by onegai kaeru
New Harajuku station Source: JR East edited by onegai kaeru
New Harajuku station Source: JR East edited by onegai kaeru

We are AGAINST this plan.

 

The much of uniqueness and attractiveness of Japan comes from its beautiful old buildings.

In Japan we witnessed the old buildings were torn down and "renovated" to boring concrete complexes as you see anywhere in the world. 

 

These renovations are done under the name of earthquake risk prevention and convenience for foreign travelers expected for 2020 ‪‎Tokyo Olympic. But the key purpose is just to accommodate more business. As the shrinking population, the train company looks at their sale from train going down and wants to increase their real estate business.  Renovation plans cover not only Harajuku but many other stations like Shinbashi, Shinanomachi etc.

 

Japan lost many unique places due to the decision to put business before the attractiveness of scenery. Japan repeats the same.

 

In our humble personal opinion... Well, Japan, if you want to keep attracting more foreign tourists, you must pay more respect to your old and unique style buildings. Only some cities like Kyoto, which heavily depend on tourism, started paying attention for the scenery protection in recent years. 

Even Kyoto still has prob too

How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
How JR Kyoto station changes over time... Source: Wikipedia
JR Kyoto station today. Is this Kyoto? or Osaka? or LA? Source: Wikipedia
JR Kyoto station today. Is this Kyoto? or Osaka? or LA? Source: Wikipedia

Even in Kyoto (where we used to live), there were controversial decisions, for example, today the JR Kyoto station, which looks like boring concrete shopping mall, was once the station with taste. We remember Kamogawa river was full of smelly mud full of garbage for a long time where no fish could live and in just some last decade the city tried to clean up the river and now we see more people and fishes are back. Yet, the recent news reported that Shimogamo shrine plans to rent out its area for tall apartments to be built.

 

 

Safety first but Must be a way...

In the time of frequent earthquake, the safety of people is critical. We understand that the buildings need more anti-earthquake system and so, then, just do so in a way it will not destroy the beautiful old buildings. Japan should have enough expertise to make that happen.

 

How to Save Harajuku Station?

If you agree with our opinion, please SHARE this or Tag #‎SaveHarajukuStation‬ ‪#‎原宿駅の建て替え計画反対‬ to raise awareness of this problem.

 

Not sure if can bring any impact but we wanted at least to voice this for Japan. Whether agreeing with our view or not, thank you for reading this.

 

 

Source: Wikipedia for Photo and JR for the new Harajuku station image

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Waterfall, dating spa, Unique Hot Spring List in Japan

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Researching for next trip to Japan? Wanna try something unique but have not found much yet? We will try to help you so that you can tell your friends that you went to the land of "crazy stuff"!

 

How about spa in the middle of river? Bath under the water fall? Or bath in the plate of ice? Well, if you are not into the nature, then karaoke Hot spring? Or, hot spring where you can meet your life time partner (dating spa)? 

 

Japan fans gave us the positive feedback on the previous article relating to Onsen (hot spring) in Japan such as  " GREAT JAPANESE INNS WITH PRIVATE HOT SPRING BATHS AND VIEW FOR AUTUMN/WINTER SEASONS "  and further asked us to come up with more lists. Note: some locations are free and mixed this means you must wear swim suits. Also some spas are pretty much in the middle of nature and closed during the winter.

 

This time, we introduce more interesting hot spring locations and hotel with these baths. 

 

1. WaterFall Spa - KawarageOyutaki falls

Source: City's official website, wikipedia

96 C degree hot water (coming from 1km away from the fall) falls along the 20m high natural wall and gets cooled down on the way (40 c degree around dry time and cooler in rainy season). Quite unusual hot spring location and similar to the Kamuiwakka falls in Hokkaido. Kamuiwakka falls are under strict restriction due to the risk of injury by too high temperature and rocks falling. Kawarage-o-yutaki fall is easy to take (yet some travel from Tokyo). 

Name: Kawarage Oyutaki falls (川原毛大湯滝)

 

Location: Yuzawa, Akita

By car, from Yuzawa Yokote road Sukawa interchange, you drive for 20 mins, then you walk for 15 mins from the parking lot. The parking space is limited (60 cars). Can not use car during winter ( mid Nov-May next year) because the road is blocked.

 

By public transport, get JR Yuzawa station, then take Ugo Line Bus toward Doroyu Onsen, get off at the last stop then climb the mountain for 1.5 hour

 

Cost: Free

Contact: +81 183558180 at the City Offce

 

NOTE: Best time to visit it Summer (early July-mid Sept). Contact the city office first if open or not. must wear swim suits. Type of the water is of the high acidity so it stings your eyes. 40 degree is too hot for some people. No mobile phone signal. No shop.

Hotels around Yokote

1. Hotel Route-Inn Yokote Inter (ホテルルートイン横手インター)

Very close to Yokote Interchange and has a big parking lot 

Book from here!

 

2. Quad Inn Yokote ( クォードインyokote )

Just 5 min from JR Yokote station with sauna and big bath

Book from here!

 

3. Hotel Wellness Yokoteji ( ホテルウェルネス横手路 )

2 min from Yokote Interchange and 10 min from JR Yokote station by car

Has hot spring

Book from here!

 

2. Dating spa

When you are a couple, a private hot spring is a way to go as we introduced several suggestions. But, what about when you have no partner and are looking for one?

 

This hotel has a dating spa ( "お見合い風呂 (omiai-buro)" meaning match-making bath). You go to the outside bath, there is small window (looking like a small shrine) between the woman's and man's bath. This window is only open-able from the woman's side. If you are a woman, you can open to see if any nice man on the other side. If you are a man, just stay in front of the window...just stay right there till someone on the other side "may" open the window.

You may wait till the end of the world... Source: the hotel's official site
You may wait till the end of the world... Source: the hotel's official site
If you are woman, you can open the door of the hope. Source: hotel's official website
If you are woman, you can open the door of the hope. Source: hotel's official website

Name: Shosenkau in Nakaoyama Spa ( 中尾山温泉 松仙閣 )

 

Click here to book this hotel!

 

Location: Nagano city, Nagano

Get Nagano Station then get Shinonoi station (15 mins) then taxi.

Contact: +81 26-292-2343

Checkin: After 15:00 (latest by 23:00)

Checkout: Before 10:00AM

This hotel has also Karaoke spa. 

Source: hotel's official website

You can be the superstar in the bath room (you can reserve for your group so you have the privacy). Do not drop your microphone into the hot spring!

3. River Spa-Kawayu onsen

The hot water every where around the river. You just dig some hole and there will be the hot water coming out of the ground. 

 

Amazing that you can take a nice hot bath right after playing in the cool river in the summer.

 

From Dec-Feb every year, the local tourism association makes a 40m x 60m big bath also called Senninburo ( " 仙人風呂 "). Lanterns lit in the night and it is surrealistic that you take bath in the river, esp. night time. It is free and take bath and free to park car. What else do you need? The Senninburo event opens 6:30am-22:00.

During Senninburo event  Source: Kumano Hongu Tourist Association
During Senninburo event Source: Kumano Hongu Tourist Association

Name: Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉)

 

Location: Tanabe, Wakayama

By car, free parking lot ( 50 car) available 200m away from the spa area.

By public transport, you take a bus from Shingu station in Wakayama to get off at Kawayu Onsen stop ( 1 hour trip)

 

Cost: Free

 

Contact: +81 735-42-0735 (08:30am-17:00)

NOTE:  Contact the Kumano Hongu Tourist Association first if open or not. Must wear swim suits. The spa may be closed due to the weather etc. No soap or shampoo or any sort similar allowed. There are separate changing rooms for men and women.

Hotels around the river

1. Kawayu Onsen Fujiya (川湯温泉 冨士屋) 

110 min from Kii-Tanabe Station by bus.

One of the oldests in the area with hot spring

Book this hotel from here!

 

2. Ashita no Mori (川湯温泉 ペンション あしたの森) 

Pension built with 100 year old trees

Offers steak featured on TV in Japan

Nice hot spring

Book this hotel from here!

 

3. Yunominesou (湯の峯荘) 

80min by car from Nanki Tanabe Interchange

Shuttle bus to Kumanokodo every morning

Nice hot spring

Book this hotel from here!

 

 

4. Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya (山水館 川湯みどりや) 

90 min from Kii-Tanabe Station by bus.

Great hot spring

Book this hotel from here!

4. Others...

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For the coupe there are several Onegai Kaeru's suggestion Source: the hotel's official website

If you are looking for great hotel for winter sports in Japan, just click here!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

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Source: Wikipedia, each inn's official websites

 

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Where Can You Buy Kimono Online?

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Best way to Buy Kimono?

Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono

People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.

 

We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered. 

 

In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.

 

The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.

 

If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.

What to look when buying Kimono online?

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website

There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really... 

 

In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.

 

There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.

 

Stick to the basic of shopping:

 

Always read the description

 

As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even. 

Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.

 

Always read reviews

 

As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist online!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.

 

If not sure, always ask

 

If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later. 

Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Furisode Source: Wikipedia

Best online Kimono shop from Japan

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

The Best and safest shop to buy Kimono is Salz Tokyo. Their shop sells vintage Kimono online.

 

It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop. 

 

Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).

We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop. 

  

Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.

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Source: Wikipedia

 

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How to Book Maiko Dance in Kyoto and How to get there

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Maiko Geisha dance events in Kyoto

Miyako no Nigiwai Special event

Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino

Maiko performace taking place on 25 and 26 JUNE, 2016 IN Kyoto, which is collaboration event of Maikos from 5 main districts in Kyoto. It is called " Miyako no Nigiwai ". It is quite popular event thus not easy to book but we also introduce several other Maiko Geiko dance events popular in Kyoto and how to book them.

 

As to Miyako no Nigiwai ("都の賑い" in Japanese), 20 Maiko carried the first practice for this event on 2nd of June. 

 

The event boasts as many as 80 Maiko and Geiko on stage dancing and playing Japanese traditional musics based on the seasonal flower.

 

It is 23rd time since its establishment.

 

If you attended the event in the previous years, please be careful not to go to a wrong place. The usual venue, Minami-za theatre, is under renovation. So this year the event takes place at Kobu Kaburen-jo.

 

You can book from this website. We learnt from the organizer that the seat is almost sold out (sorry, all in Japanese). 

 

Date: 25 and 26 June, 2016

Price: 5000JPY seat and 11000JPY seat

Time: 11:00am and 14:30

Location: Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre 

( address: 570-2 Gionmachiminamigawa Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Japan ). Not far from Shijo bridge. [Map at the end of this page]

Contact: +81 75 561 3901

 

Even if you could not get this special event ticket, there are several other Maiko and Geisha dance event as Miyao Odori and Kyo Orodi etc. as below.

 

Miyako Odori Dance

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori event photo Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori event photo Source: Miyako Odori official website

The theatre also serves as the event venue for "Miyako Odori dance performance" for April every year. You can book the ticket from this official website.

 

Time: every April

Ticket price: 2500JPY - 4800JPY

 

Miyako Odori event started in 1872. When the capital of Japan moved from Kyoto to Tokyo, Kyoto locals wanted to preserve the Kyoto culture and started this event as a part of effort.

 

There is also Kyo Odori dance event which also takes place for some time in April every year at a difference venue in Kyoto.

Location For Miyako Odori and Miyako no Nigiwai

Kyo Odori

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

Kyo Odori Maiko dance event

 

The great Maiko Geiko dance taking place at Miyagawa Kaburen jo in Shijo

 

Time: Certain period of Every April

e.g. in 2016 2nd - 17th of April

 

How to book Kyo Odori

There are three ways

1) Call up

Tel. + 81 75-708-2306

 

The contact window open only during certain time in March

e.g. in 2016 10th-19th of March

10:00AM-16:00 Japan time on weekday

10:00AM-12:00 (lunch time) Japan time on Sat

You need bank transfer

You will receive the ticket by post

 

2) Fax

You fill in the form

Fax. + 81 75-531-1226

The contact window open only during certain time in Feb and March

e.g. in 2016 16th of Feb -19th of March

 

3) Through travel agencies

Just talk to Japanese travel agencies like JTB, KNT, HIS

Location For Kyo Odori

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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

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Source: Miyako Odori official page, Yomiuri News, Sankei News

 

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Salz Tee 2016 Summer Collection Released

Salz Tokyo release 2016 Summer T shirts Collection

Onegai Kaeru sister brand Salz Tokyo releases 2016 Summer T shirts Collection

 

The summer is coming soon. Why do not you be super cool with original T-shirts for the season of heat?

 

Onegai Kaeru team loves collecting T-shirts with unique designs with great quality. There are occasions where we do not feel "that is what we want for this summer!". Then we thought, why do not we design the T shirts we want to wear? 

 

Thus, for past several years, we started creating the Salz Tee line. We like to keep it small and very unique. Now we even have some companies copying our designs! 

 

There are 6 original design T shirts for your best summer outfit. There are several select shops dealing with our T shirts. You can also order from Etsy Shop. There are direct links on each pictures below!

Tentacle Heart

Tentacle Heart (タコ心臓) 4000 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Tentacle Heart (タコ心臓Tシャツ) 4000 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

Galaxy Cup

Galaxy Cup (宇宙カップ) 4000 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Galaxy Cup (宇宙カップTシャツ) 4000 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

Very Interested Frog

Very Interested Frog (興味シンシンなカエル) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Very Interested Frog (興味シンシンなカエル、面白いねTシャツ) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

all time  best Tee

Not Interested Tee

Not Interested Tee (興味ない) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Not Interested Tee (興味ないTシャツ) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

Garbage Bag Tee

Garbage Bag Tee (ゴミ袋)3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Garbage Bag Tee (ゴミ袋Tシャツ) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

Sushi Monster Tee

Sushi Monster Tee (スシ食べ放題) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo
Sushi Monster Tee (スシ食べ放題、寿司モンスターTシャツ) 3500 JPY all rights reserved by Salz Tokyo

Salz Tokyo Brand

What is " Salz Tokyo"?

 

Salz Tokyo is the trend engine creating Japanese taste designs with a bit of (a lot of?) unknown spice elements.

 

The brand works with a chief German creator and one Japanese creator where the craft people work with hands. It only creates the designs which are none to exit in the world before.

 

The name " Salz " means salt in German because it comes from our chief creator's birth place which was famous for salt in Germany. Salt is what makes almost all food taste better. Some Japanese even use salt to put on water melons. We put our wish in the brand name Salz so that our items can make your daily life a little bit more joyful.

 

Also note that based in Japan, Salz takes extra care to preserve old Japanese culture particularly Kimono culture. Under Salz Kimono, with Salz vintage and original Kimono shop, you will be diving into the beautiful vintage kimono and also the original Kimono designed by Salz Kimono.

Note: Many reported to us that there are counterfeits of our T shirts. We are very sadden by this. There are people who really do not care about just stealing others' idea. We reported to relevant authorities. We keep moving on. we promise to keep creating very unique, happy and positive designs for the world.

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EMS New Price from 1st of June 2016 Japan Post

Do you buy many things from Japan? Do you ship often many items from Japan by EMS? 

 

This news affect most of you (mainly negatively).

 

Japan Post announced the price hike for EMS starting from 1st of June, 2016. Besides EMS price, Japan Post also increase other price for air mail, SAL and sea. 

 

The highlights are:

Japan Post deletes the price up to 300g. This means you could ship your 300g item to Europe at 1,500JPY but you will need to pay 2,200 JPY after the change. 

 

1) Shipping cost to Asia area [Zone 1] increases by 300 JPY

2) Shipping cost to Americas(exclude South America) and Australia [Zone 2] increases by 500 JPY

3) Shipping cost to Europe [Zone 3] increases by 400 JPY 

4) Shipping cost to South America and Africa [Zone 4] increases by 300 JPY

 

This means if you only ship a small amount of product from Japan, you will pay much more than today. Or if you ship many items separately from Japan, you will pay a lot more.

 

How can you reduce the shipping cost from Japan effectively?

 

Answer: Just use onegai kaeru package service.

 

Even if you order many items in Japan, if you can combine these items into one shipment by using onegai kaeru service to repack, the shipping cost shall not be that different after the change.  

 

onegai kaeru team cares about the quality of service and, based on our credentials, offers the fastest, most tailor-made and most flexible service.

 

 

Japan Post cited the increase in labour cost in Japan for this price change. If you live outside of Japan where the overseas shipping cost is much higher, the service level lower and price per weight less flexible than Japan, you probably understand why Japan Post needs to increase its cost.

New EMS Price

 

 Weight

 

  Zone 1   Zone 2   Zone 3   Zone 4

0.5kg

1,400 JPY

2,000 JPY

2,200 JPY

2,400 JPY

0.6kg

1,540 JPY

2,180 JPY

2,400 JPY

2,740 JPY

0.7kg

1,680 JPY

2,360JPY

2,600 JPY

3,080 JPY

0.8kg

1,820 JPY

2,540 JPY

2,800 JPY

3,420 JPY

0.9kg

1,960 JPY

2,720 JPY

3,000 JPY

3,760 JPY

1.0kg

2,100 JPY

2,900 JPY

3,200 JPY

4,100 JPY

1.25kg

2,400 JPY

3,300 JPY

3,650 JPY

4,900 JPY

1.5kg

2,700 JPY

3,700 JPY

4,100 JPY

5,700 JPY

1.75kg

3,000 JPY

4,100 JPY

4,550 JPY

6,500 JPY

2.0kg

3,300 JPY

4,500 JPY

5,000 JPY

7,300 JPY

2.5kg

3,800 JPY

5,200 JPY

5,800 JPY

8,800 JPY

3.0kg

4,300 JPY

5,900 JPY

6,600 JPY

10,300 JPY

3.5kg

4,800 JPY

6,600 JPY

7,400 JPY

11,800 JPY

4.0kg

5,300 JPY

7,300 JPY

8,200 JPY

13,300 JPY

4.5kg

5,800 JPY

8,000 JPY

9,000 JPY

14,800 JPY

5.0kg

6,300 JPY

8,700 JPY

9,800 JPY

16,300 JPY

5.5kg

6,800 JPY

9,400 JPY

10,600 JPY

17,800 JPY

6.0kg

7,300 JPY

10,100 JPY

11,400 JPY

19,300 JPY

7.0kg

8,100 JPY

11,200 JPY

12,700 JPY

21,400 JPY

8.0kg

8,900 JPY

12,300 JPY

14,000 JPY

23,500 JPY

9.0kg

9,700 JPY

13,400 JPY

15,300 JPY

25,600 JPY

10.0kg

10,500 JPY

14,500 JPY

16,600 JPY

27,700 JPY

11.0kg

11,300 JPY

15,600 JPY

17,900 JPY

29,800 JPY

12.0kg

12,100 JPY

16,700 JPY

19,200 JPY

31,900 JPY

13.0kg

12,900 JPY

17,800 JPY

20,500 JPY

34,000 JPY

14.0kg

13,700 JPY

18,900 JPY

21,800 JPY

36,100 JPY

15.0kg

14,500 JPY

20,000 JPY

23,100 JPY

38,200 JPY

16.0kg

15,300 JPY

21,100 JPY

24,400 JPY

40,300 JPY

17.0kg

16,100 JPY

22,200 JPY

25,700 JPY

42,400 JPY

18.0kg

16,900 JPY

23,300 JPY

27,000 JPY

44,500 JPY

19.0kg

17,700 JPY

24,400 JPY

28,300 JPY

46,600 JPY

20.0kg

18,500 JPY

25,500 JPY

29,600 JPY

48,700 JPY

21.0kg

19,300 JPY

26,600 JPY

30,900 JPY

50,800 JPY

22.0kg

20,100 JPY

27,700 JPY

32,200 JPY

52,900 JPY

23.0kg

20,900 JPY

28,800 JPY

33,500 JPY

55,000 JPY

24.0kg

21,700 JPY

29,900 JPY

34,800 JPY

57,100 JPY

25.0kg

22,500 JPY

31,000 JPY

36,100 JPY

59,200 JPY

26.0kg

23,300 JPY

32,100 JPY

37,400 JPY

61,300 JPY

27.0kg

24,100 JPY

33,200 JPY

38,700 JPY

63,400 JPY

28.0kg

24,900 JPY

34,300 JPY

40,000 JPY

65,500 JPY

29.0kg

25,700 JPY

35,400 JPY

41,300 JPY

67,600 JPY

30.0kg

26,500 JPY

36,500 JPY

42,600 JPY

69,700 JPY

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HOW To GET KUROSUKE'S HOUSE? Ghibli FAN's Must Visit

Cute Makkuro kurosuke Source: Ghibli
Cute Makkuro kurosuke Source: Ghibli

What is Kurosuke's House

Ghibli's museum in Mitaka is a must go place for Hayao Miyazaki fan but did you know there are also some other places you can go if you are a hardcore fan? 


For example, Kurosuke's house ( "クロスケの家" in Japanese ( pronounced as Kurosuke no Ie)) near Tokyo. Do you recall the cute black things called Makkurokurosuke or Susuwatari (aka Soot sprites in the US) in My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.  These are believed to live in old house  and only kids can see.

 

Totoro fund bought an old Japanese house (over 100 years old) and named it after the cute characters from Studio Ghibli.

 

In this house, Totoro fund showcases its activity to protect nature where it buys and protects the natural forest and sometimes fights (not physically!) against the companies which try to destroy the nature. Moreover, you can see how the old Japanese house ( including a family tea factory) is like and get the special Totoro goods. Moreover, you can meet the life size Totoro in the main house.

 

Please be aware this house is not like Mitaka Ghibli museum. It is basically an old house with small displays (and big Totoro!). The opening hour (shown as below) is limited so not easy to visit but if you are in Japan on right timing, it is worth a visit.

In the house of Kurosuke, you can see how the traditional Japanese house is like in Japan.

Source: Totoro Fund/Ghibli

How To Get Kurosuke House

Opening hour: The open hour is limited: It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00AM till 15:00. (And if one of these days is a public holiday, it is closed.)

 

Fee: Free ( But there is a charity box to donate to keep the house in a good shape!)

 

Address: 3 Chome-1169-1 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama-ken 359-1164 ( in Japanese: 〒359-1164 所沢市三ヶ島三丁目1169-1 )

Contact: Tel. +81 4-2947-6047

 

No parking lot available

There are several ways to get there. If from Ikebukuro "池袋" a city in Tokyo(accessable by various lines e.g. Subway Marunouchi line, JR Yamanote ), then you take Seibu Ikebukuro line "西武池袋線" towards Hanno "飯能" and get off at Kotesashi "小手指", take a bus towards Waseda univ. "早稲田大学(行き)" or Miyadera-nishi "宮寺西(行き)" and get off at Dainichido "大日堂". From Dainichido, you walk for 5 mins.

 

It would take around 2 hours from the centre of Tokyo. 

 

But if you are really into Ghibli (esp. Totoro ), this place you need to visit because this may be something many of studio Ghibli fans still do not know.

 

Source: Kurosuke's house official website

Official Totoro Fund website
Official Totoro Fund website

If you are interested in learning more about Totoro fund, you can click above link to go to its official website.

 

(Updated 19 May, 2016)

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How to Get Tomogashima Island and Where to Stay: Pirates Treasure Island

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What is Tomogashima Island: Pirates Treasure Island

Source:  Wakayama City tourist information

Japan is known for its image of calm and safe. Beside the modern war time, in fact the country was very wild for many years. There were even pirates (natural to think piracy should have been viable business considering Japan is surrounded by the sea where you see ships carrying things from here and there).

 

One famous pirate is Tsumujikaze Goemon ( つむじ風剛右衛門 ) in Wakayama ( not confused with other famous thief, Ishikawa Goemon from mid 1500). He had a port work company helping lodging/dislodging from ships at dock as the front company. His real business was piracy leading several hundreds of sea gang members.

 

The nick name " Tsumujikaze " meaning "storm" comes from his tactics where he attacked and stole goods from the ships esp. during the stormy day. He "worked " a lot in Seto ocean area because many ships carrying important goods for local governments. 

 

Most of the local government ships were not guarded well intentionally because it did not want the central government to suspect them for wrong doing (such in a way that the sight of heavily guarded ship of a local government might give the central government that the local government trying to prepare some war or so.). It made the business easy for Tsumujikaze Goemon.

 

Tsumujikaze sold stolen items on the market. Yet, he could not sell all. Many items were marked with local governments' logos and if he sold these, this could lead to his arrest easily.

 

He hid these un-sellable items (massive amount of treasure) in one island. Tsumujikaze died in one stormy day and the exact location of the treasure is nobody's knowledge.

 

The island is called Tomogashima island (友ヶ島).

 

Tempted to visit there for treasure hunting? Probably better than working in an office?

 

Tomogashima island (front) Awajishima (back) Source: Wikipedia
Tomogashima island (front) Awajishima (back) Source: Wikipedia

 

Not easy for you to find the treasure because "Tomogashima island" is not one island. It consists of four islands (Okinoshima, Jinoshima, Torajima and Kamijima). Some research also mentioned the possibility that the treasure is hid in Awajishima island (one island nearby), not Tomogashima.

 

In the WW II time, the government then put the secret military base on the island. That time the island was deleted from the official map. The entry to the island was strictly limited. 

 

Today the base is not in use and anybody can visit the island. The remain of the base covered with moss and plants looks like the location of Laputa, Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki. It has been a popular photo location for cosplayers. One of the ships going to the island is even called "Laputa". 

 

On the island you see deer and some peacock which were released to get rid of many snakes (meaning there are many snakes!).

How to get Tomogashima Island

Tomogashima island in Edo time Source: Wikipedia
Tomogashima island in Edo time Source: Wikipedia

If coming from Tokyo, you book around 7-8 hours. Better stay in Wakayama for 1-2 days before you visit the island.

Take bullet train from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka station

Take Midosuji line from Shin-Osaka station to Namba(Nankai Namba station) 

Take Nankai Express Southern from Namba(Nankai Namba station) to Wakayama City

Take Nankai Kada line from Wakayama city to Kada station

15 mins walk from Kada station to Kada port

 

You can get the island only by ship from Kada port (加太港).

 

From Kada port to Tomogashima 

2000JPY round trip for adult

1000JPY round trip for child

Around 20 min trip from Kada port to Tomogashima island.

 

Valid as of 13, May, 2016 subject to change

Time table For Tomogashima Island

Tomogashima island consiting 4 islands Source: Wikipedia
Tomogashima island consiting 4 islands Okinoshima, Jinoshima, Torajima and Kamijima Source: Wikipedia

1st March-30th of Nov
NO ship on Tuesday and Wednesday (except for 28April – 6May and 20July – 20Aug (Holiday season)
(
If the Tuesday and Wednesday is a national holiday, ships run
H1 and H2 run only 28April – 6May and 20July – 20Aug (Holiday season)

 

 

Kada port dept加太港発

Tomogashima port dept友ヶ島発

9:00

9:30

H

10:00

10:30

11:00

11:30

13:00

13:30

H

15:00

15:30

16:00

16:30

 

1st of Dec-end of Feb
Ship only runs on Sat, Sun and national holiday

Ship does NOT run from 29Dec-3Jan 

 

 

Kada port dept加太港発

Tomogashima port dept友ヶ島発

10:00

10:30

15:00

15:30

Valid as of 13, May, 2016 subject to change Source: TomogashimaKisen ( ship line)

Where to Stay on Tomogashima Island

Guesthouse

 

There are several guest houses on the island. The cost is around 100USD (8000-10,000JPY) per night with dinner and breakfast per person. Book by telephone.

 

1. Tomogaso (友ヶ荘)

Tel: +81 73-459-1462

 

2. Uminoie (海の家)

Tel: +81 73-459-1636

Website

 

3. Fujiya Bekkan (冨士屋別館)

Tel: +81 73-459-1463 (Told this guesthouse was closed some years ago. You can find out by calling them up )

 

Camping

 

Tomogashima Camping site (友ヶ島キャンプ場)

Free to camp ( need to register on the island)

Bring your camping sets

You need to bring all of your garbage back

 

Tel: +81 73-459-0314 

 

Many recommend to stay at one of these guest houses rather than camping.

 

 

If you find the treasure of Tsumujikaze, please let us know!

 

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Source: Wikipedia, Wakayama city tourist information websiteKada Tourist AssociationTomogashimaKisen ( Ship line) 

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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How to Get Ikeshima Island and Where to Stay: Forgotten Coal Mine

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What is Ikeshima Island

Most of the apartments are empty Source : Wikipedia
Most of the apartments are empty Source : Wikipedia
Ikeshima island in 1974 Source: Wikipedia
Ikeshima island, Nagasaki in 1974 Source: Wikipedia

In 1913 Mitsui Mining company bought the area on a small island in Nagasaki for coal mining.

 

The excavation started in 1959. At that time the mining worker's salary was double of the normal office workers in Japan. The tall apartments were built for the workers. In 1985 the coal production reached its highest point of over 1.5mil tons. There were several accidents in 90s and due to the cheap coal from overseas, the coal mine was shut down in November, 2001. Around 2,500 workers were all let go. The legacy from the good and old time became partly ghost town. 

Today around 200 people reside on the island.

 

The island is called Ikeshima island (池島). It is the last coal mining island in Kyushu area. 

 

Part of the old mine is used as the coal mine training center where around 60 people from Indonesia and Vietnam learn the safety and know-how of mining every year. 

 

The island is a popular tourist spot in Nagasaki. The island provides a tour where you go in the mining tunnel and you can go through the old apartments.

 

It is not as popular as Gunkan island (Hashima island in the same city as Nagasaki) which is a bit more complicating to get than Ikeshima island. If you are looking for a relaxing and easy tour to a mysterious island, this is great.

 

As to the tour on the island

 

If wanting to join the local tour for the coal mine, you need to book it from this website( in Japanese) at latest 3 days in advance.  

 

High school student or older 2680JPY Primary school and Jr High school student 1340JPY

( younger than primary school students(5 years old or younger) are not allowed)

Need to wear sneakers (no sandal or high heels). 

 

There are several tours including island tour. For more details, please ask the tour organizer from this mail form or Tel: +81 95-811-0369

How to get Ikeshima Island

Ikeshima Source: Wikipedia
Ikeshima Source: Wikipedia

If coming from Tokyo, better stay in Sasebo 1-2 days before you leave for the island.

 

From Tokyo, 1) you fly from Haneda airport to Nagasaki airport.  It is around 6 hours to get Sasebo port( which is 5 mins by taxi from JR Sasebo station ) or 2) you take bullet train and change in Hakata to a local express to Sasebo. It is around 8 hours.

By air or ground, you need to book around 7 hours before you reach the port to get to the island.

 

Take a ferry from Oseto port (大瀬戸港)

 

frequency is good. Ferry which can carry cars. Stable way of travelling.

7 times a day starting at 06:40AM from Konoura port. The last ferry is 18:40 departing Ikeshima port. 440JPY for adult and 220JPY for child 30 min trip in total

( Except for High speed ship 590JPY for adult (300JPY for child) 10 min trip

 

Take a high speed ship from Sasebo port (佐世保港)

 

Sasebo port is a big port and easy to get. The ship goes only 2 times a day 07:22AM from Sasebo port and the last one is at 16:09 departing Ikeshima port. 1910JPY for adult ( 960JPY for child) around 1 hour trip 

 

Take a boat from Konoura port (神浦港)

 

It is a boat. Sometimes to be cancelled due to the weather. 7 times a day starting at 06:45AM from Konoura port. The last boat is 17:35 departing Ikeshima port. 350JPY for adult and 150JPY for child 15 min trip in total

( Except for Ferry 410JPY for adult (210JPY for child) 27 min trip and High speed ship 560JPY for adult (290JPY for child) 10min trip

 

Note: Ship leaves on time. It does not wait for you if you are even several second late! Be on time!

Where to Stay on Ikeshima

There is only one place to stay over night on the island. 

 

Name: Ikeshima Chuo Kaikan ( 池島中央会館 )

How to book: Book by phone +81 959-26-2030 (08:00AM-21:00)

Note: No food provided. There are several types of rooms from two single rooms till the big room for 8-15 people. It is possible to stay with no booking if the room is available on your visit ( But recommend to book in advance!)

 

We will update you some other options to stay. For example, we have some recommendations for Sasebo city, a very big city with more options of restaurants and bars, famous for Sasebo Burger.

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

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Source: Wikipedia, Nagasaki city official website 

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Ossan (mid aged man) Rental in Japan

Human Rental Business in Japan

In Japan you can rent not only apartment or house but people. 

 

Onegai Kaeru see that there are some "unique" business in Japan where you can rent some family members to participate some events. For example, you have a big prob with your real parents about your marriage so they would not come to your wedding party but you do not want other participants to worry about you at the party (probably you may laugh but the "face issue" is quite serious in Japan (and many Asian countries)).

From several agencies like this one, you can rent a temporal mother and father (who are often not well known actor/actress) who will act as your parents and can even do speech as your parents. Next time you go to some Japanese wedding party, you may be going to one of those with fake parents/friends (please do not ask this at the party though...)! 

 

Now we see another business coming to life in Japan. It is "Ossan rental". "Ossan" means middle aged men in Japanese. You can rent a middle aged man for 1000JPY per hour.

 

Examples of elderly men you can order  Source: Ossan Rental Official Website

 

When going into the website and clicking the profile, you see the introduction of each people ( some detailed and some not). Many married. Some talking about their success/failure, some talking about their past difficulties, some talking about their profession.

How to Rent MAM (middle Aged Man)

The process is so easy:

 

1. You go to the website

2. You go to the list of middle aged men

3. You choose a man and put him into a cart

4. And pay following some arrangement ( There are specific rules (how to pay, cancellation fee etc.) thus read carefully (all in Japanese) you probably need to pay the travel cost (some do not claim the traffic cost) ) You pay 1000JPY per hour and if you need two hour, you pay 2000 JPY.

HOW COMPANY STARTED AND HOW IT IS NOW

According to the operator...

 

The Ossan rental started in 2012. The founder overheard some high school girls saying "they are disgusted by middle age guys' and thought he wanted to let the world know that middle aged men have value to offer.

 

So far 400 orders per year and around 60 middle aged men (from their 30s-60s) registered.

 

70-80% of customers are female. Many of the customers want to consult these men about their problems (e.g. love issues), though some (but not many) need the guy to assemble some IKEA furniture. The operator says that people can talk freely and openly because these men are total strangers.

 

To register as the mid age guy on the website, you need to pay 10,000JPY as registration fee then 10,000 JPY every month. This means that you pay 130,000 JPY for the first year. Having 1000 JPY payment per hour in mind, it appears that these people on the list are not motivated by money, rather it is almost volunteer task.

 

If you try once, please let us know your experience! 

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Source:  Ossan rental official page, Sankei News

 

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WHERE CAN WE GET FULL IN Kichijoji, JAPAN? Indian Curry

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SITAL Kichijoji Ten (シタル 吉祥寺店)

 

One of Onegai Kaeru team members went around Tokyo in search of cheap and big food when he was a hungry and poor student. He has a quite good list of places for that!

 

Curry is a quite popular menu when it comes to cheap and big food. We featured one restaurant in Shibuya. Some readers requested for Indian curry restaurants. We introduce one of our favourites.

 

This time, the place is in Kichijoji, Tokyo. You get there easily by Chuo line from Shinjuku.

 

The food is not that big at this place but anyway we put our usual warning ( Please note that these places may have their rules about the food such as if you can not finish eating it, you may need to pay some penalty. Please order with caution! )

NEW DELHI SPECIAL Look at the size of plain nan!  All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
NEW DELHI SPECIAL. The size of curry is normal. But look at the size of plain nan! All rights reserved by onegai kaeru

What to order

This place has a tasty big nan ( plain nan).

 

NEW DELHI SPECIAL

You get the plain nan, rice, salad, two curries (Shrimp and Chicken Masala curries. you can not choose!) and papad (kinda savory snack)

 

Price: 1,274 JPY (incl. tax)

 

Or anything with "Plain Nan". 

 

You can choose the Child, Mild, Medium, Hot, Super Hot. 

We ordered Hot and Super Hot. Not that spicy hot. It was hard to eat when the curry and rice were hot (temperature hot) which made the food quite hot. But as these foods cool down, it was not that spicy hot.

Super hot just 11-50 time hotter than normal hot. Do not worry. All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Super hot just 11-50 times hotter than normal hot. Do not worry. All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Trustworthy big plain nan  All rights reserved by onegai kaeru
Trustworthy big plain nan All rights reserved by onegai kaeru

Basic Info

Name: SITAL Kichijoji Ten (Ten means "branch") ("シタル 吉祥寺店" in Japanese) 

 

Address: 3rd floor of Cosmo, 1 Chome-8-3 Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino-shi, Tōkyō-to 180-0004 (東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1-8-3 コスモ吉祥寺 3F)

5 min walk from West Exit of Kichijoji station (JR Chuo line)

Not easy to find it. First find Cosmo (old building with several shops and restaurants) with big sign, Saizeriya ( cheap Italian restaurant chain). It is on the same floor with Saizeriya

 

Opening hour: 

Mon-Fri 11:30AM-15:30 and 17:00-24:00 ( We went there for dinner. Lunch deals are more reasonable.)

Sat, Sun and national holiday 11:00AM-24:00

 

Closed: basically always open

Tel: 0422-23-2237


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Japanese Cosplay Goods Shops

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We featured "Japanese online shops" in the previous section. Recently faced with massive requests to feature cosplay shops in Japan, we would like to help our readers to find great items in Japan.

 

This article introduces the list of cosplay goods/items online shops and specialized shops we deal with  in cosplay items such as clothes, wig, ornaments. Some shops have their real shops in Japan. 

 

You can click the pictures in this article to enter the shop's website and find out if they have what you look for.

Cossky

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

Cosyt

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

YYCOS

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

Coser 王国(Okoku-Kingdom)

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

Redsun flower

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

Rakue

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

GCcosbaby

EXAMPLES OF THE POPULAR COSTUMES FROM THIS SHOP

Still not finding what you are looking for? Just contact us to see if we can be any help.

 

If you have any particular topic you want us to run some research and share the information, please feel free to contact us! 

Note: These shops above are just examples we happen to find online in Japan. The price and terms are all as of the time of the article, all subject to changes from time to time including the availability of the goods. We do NOT support any of these. Onegai Kaeru shall not take any responsibility regarding any issue with these shops including authenticity of these shops and items.

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Where Can We get Full in Tokyo, Japan? Big Sashimi

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Saitou ( さいとう )

One of Onegai Kaeru team members went around Tokyo in search of cheap and big food when he was a hungry and poor student. He has a quite good list of places for that!

 

If you come to Japan, you need to eat some fish. And if you can eat fish, you should eat "sashimi (raw fish slice)". Sashimi costs fortune outside of Japan and it still costs something in Japan. We found one place where you can eat a lot of sashimi at a quite reasonable price. We were there several times and we felt for the first time that we would not want to eat any more sashimi!

 

Continued from the previous article on "Where Can We Get Full" in Nara, we will show you where you can get a mountain of raw fish in Tokyo.

 

The place is situated in a bit complicating place. Follow the map carefully. You need to walk from Uguisudani for 10 mins (or 3 min walk from Iriya station) and line up for 10-40mins. In the winter you get some warm drink while waiting- a sweet service.

 

Please note that these places may have their rules about the food such as if you can not finish eating it, you may need to pay some penalty. Please order with caution!

Kaisen don Gu no Omori Betsuzara (海鮮丼具の大盛別皿)
Kaisen don Gu no Omori Betsuzara (海鮮丼具の大盛別皿) Source: Tabelog

What to order

Kaisen don Gu no Omori Betsuzara (海鮮丼具の大盛別皿) You get the sashimi separated from rice (we usually order this).

 

OR

 

Kaisen don Gu no Omori (海鮮丼具の大盛) You get sashimi on the rice.]

 

Price: 1050 JPY

 

You can choose the size/type (normal or with vinegar like Sushi rice) of rice and it is all you can eat rice (not sashimi of course)!

 

Kaisen don Gu no Omori (海鮮丼具の大盛) You get sashimi on the rice.) Are you really ready for this?
Kaisen don Gu no Omori (海鮮丼具の大盛) You get sashimi on the rice. Are you really ready for this? Source: Tabelog

Basic Info

Name: Saitou  ("さいとう" in Japanese) 

 

Address: 2 Chome-9-7 Shitaya, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0004 (東京都台東区下谷2-9-7)

10 min walk from Uguisudani station (JR Yamanote line)

3 min walk from Iriya station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya line)

 

 

Opening hour: 11:30 AM-14:00 ( and 17:00-21:00 NOTE: you do not get the cheap deal in dinner time. If cheap and big food, just go for lunch! )

 

Closed: Sunday and national holiday

Tel: 03-3873-7321


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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

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Source: Wikipedia, each restaurant's official website, Tabelog

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Where Can We get Full in Chiba, Japan? Big parfait

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POPRIN Kitchen Chiba Minami Gyotoku Ten ( ポプリンキッチン 千葉南行徳店 )

One of Onegai Kaeru team members went around Tokyo in search of cheap and big food when he was a hungry and poor student. When some foreigner say that Japan is expensive, he gets surprised because he knows many good places to get full (or even too full). 

 

Continued from one article on "Where Can We Get Full" in Nara, till now we featured savory foods. We thought "hey, where is sweet?". This time, we will introduce some sweet place.

 

Please note that these places may have their rules about the food such as if you can not finish eating it, you may need to pay some penalty. Please order with caution!

Big ice cream, cream etc. Are you ready for this? Source: Tabelog
Big ice cream, cream etc. Are you ready for this? Source: Tabelog

What to order

Chobikkuri Pafe (parfait) (ちょーびっくりパフェ)

1800 JPY

 

The container is around 30cm. 1.8 litter volume

 

At POPRIN, you can get several big volume food like Melon soda, Ramen etc.

big melon soda
Big Melon soda. Are you really ready for this? Source: Tabelog

Basic Info

Name: POPRIN Kitchen Chiba Minami Gyotoku Ten  ("ポプリンキッチン 千葉南行徳店" in Japanese) 

 

Address: 2nd floor of Daiei Minami Gyotoku branch, 2 Chome-20-25 Minamigyōtoku, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken 272-0138 (千葉県市川市南行徳2-20-25 ダイエー南行徳店2F)

10 min walk from Minami Gyotoku station (Tokyo Metro Tozai line). It is also not far from Urayasu station.

 

Opening hour: 10:00AM-(till the Daiei closes 22:00) Basically all day open

 

Tel: 047-359-1597


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Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Want to know more places for the great photos in Japan? For example, Toshima island with so many flowers. Please check this out!

 

Do you know an island with over 2000 years old tree in Japan? Please check this out!

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia, each restaurant's official website, Tabelog

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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