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Spirited Away Piggy Bank on sale - the No Face / Kaonasi /Faceless Eat Your Money!

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Source: Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli
Source: Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli

Spirited Away Piggy Bank on sale - the No Face / Kaonasi /Faceless Eat Your Money!

Ghibli Animation "Spirited Away"

Source: Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli
Have not watched Spirited Away? You must! Source: Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli

Have you watched animation movie " Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) "?

 

One of the most successful movies from Ghibli by Director Hayao Miyazaki not only in Japan but also outside. The movie was released in July, 2001.

 

It is one of our most favorite movies all time. Like other Ghibli movie, it is not only for kids but also for adults to enjoy as it has quite deep meanings in the movie. 

 

It is a movie about a girl, Chihiro, and her parents who run into a mysterious world. Her parents got some spell and turned into pigs. Chihiro will work her way out and also try to help her parents whie meeting many strange spirits (ghosts?) in the world. You see a beautiful hot spring inn as the main location in the story (its miniature model once we featured in one article).

 

Hayao Miyazaki tried to make a movie for his friend

What is No Face?

No Face with Chihiro  Source: studio Ghibli, Nibariki, Hayao Miyazaki
No Face with Chihiro Source: studio Ghibli, Nibariki, Hayao Miyazaki
No face wears a mask similar to the one from Noh Source: wikipedia
No face wears a mask similar to the one from Noh Source: wikipedia

In this movie one of the noticeable characters is Kaonashi (No Face). It is a black "thing" which wears a mask like Japanese traditional "Noh /能" and eats anything esp. other residents of the mysterious world. It usually conjures some gold (or anything you desire to have) out of its hand and lures its prey before it eats (!) it. 

 

Hayao Miyazaki once mentioned that "No Face lives in the heart of anybody". We assume No Face is a mind of people and can represent a human's desire to get rich.

 

Originally the No-Face was something like an extra with no important role.  During the film production, Hayao Miyazaki started making this character one of the key roles in the movie.

No Face Piggy bank

Source: Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli

There are many interesting piggy banks from Japan. We introduce the cat bank where a cute cat takes your money and puts into the box (there are various versions such as Godzilla, Kumamon, Pikachu too). It is all up to by whom you want your money to be taken away (into your piggy saving account ! )

 

Today we found a cool piggy bank based on the No Face. You put the money on the plate it holds and when the weight is over 30g, it eats your money and burps (like the movie). The movie music also runs in the process! 

How much? How to get it?

The sale starts on 20th of May, 2017.

 

Price: 4800JPY (excl. tax)

Size: W 8cm×H 21cm×D 16cm

Need 2 type AA batteries (not included)

 

You can pre-order from this website below:

Weight of Japanese coins

No Face will eat the coins when it weighs around 30g. How many what coin do you need to achieve that?

 

Here are the data of Japanese coin weights:

1JPY‥1g

5JPY‥3.7g

10JPY‥4.5g

50JPY‥4g

100JPY‥4.8g

500JPY‥7g

 

If you have 4 of 500JPY, the piggy bank is supposed to eat them!

Big Totoro Piggy bank

Other cute piggy banks

Cat piggy bank

Kumamon piggy bank

Godzilla piggy bank

Hello Kitty piggy bank

Pikachu piggy bank

Panda piggy bank

Gudetama Piggy bank (our favorite! but sold out...)

For your relaxation, watch cat vs. Cat piggy bank!

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Source: Wikipedia, Hayao Miyazaki, Nibariki, Ghibli

 

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How to Get a Job in Anime Industry in Japan? (updated in 2017)

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How to Get a Job in Anime Industry in Japan?

Source: wikipedia
Source: wikipedia

Do you love anime or manga? We dream of getting a job in such industry at least one time.

 

Sometimes Onegai Kaeru team were asked by people living outside of Japan this question "how to get a job in animation company in Japan? How can I find an anime studio in Japan which hires foreigners?".

 

Well, it is not a easy industry to get into esp. for foreigners due to the work permit and it is also very tough industry to survive.

 

With this article, we explain how to find and get a job in anime industry in Japan and also the list of recruitment page/contacts of the key anime production companies in Japan. Do not miss it!

How hard to get a anime job?

If you meet some big anime production companies, you learn it is so hard to get a job there. 50-100 applicants for one opening at a popular big anime company.

 

But here is a dilemma. If you meet small and medium size anime production companies, they say there is not enough worker

 

Why? When you search for animator job, you search online, right (unless you are student at anime college and go to the job search office for the offers from potential employers )?  You see most of the job offers are from the companies which are not anime production companies but those which own the character rights and only want to produce some merchandise (toys, pen or so), or are the game companies which made good money enough to create animation based on their game characters.  These companies have big money to spend to push their job offer info to your eyes.

 

This way, the job offers from "old and traditional" (small and medium sized) anime production companies do not often come out on your online job search.

How many anime companies in Japan?

There are around 700 anime related companies in Japan. Most of them are in the western Tokyo area. Many of them do not recruit at a particular season and also may not have website even. Therefore, for the anime job seekers, it becomes so hard to find a job information and many only find a big anime production company information and so many try to rush into them.

So how to find a job?

Our recommendation is you need to work hard to find the anime production information first:

1) check carefully the end credit of the anime you love. There are always the names of the anime production companies.

2) you need to read wikipedia and online info of animation you watch.

3) once you find, you call them or write them (even though there is not a website or the website with no HR section)

 

The popular and big anime productions are very tough to get a job. You should apply but do not get disappointed even if you did not get the job. You can always climb up.

How much anime job pays in Japan?

How much does the job pay? It is something we do not dare to ask much but probably the most important and critical question.

 

The answer is "unfortunately not much".

 

We see some articles from the 2016 research paper of AEYAC (a NGO to protect rights of animator in Japan) that more than half (53%) of animators in Japan, as AEYAC questioned, cannot live with the salary as animator thus their family support them. 35% lives with their parents. More than 50% commute for 30 mins to work and 14% commute for 1-1.5 hours to work. 33% of animators are paying back the student loans.

 

Wikipedia article even says around 90% of animators quit in the first year due to poverty.  The average working hour is 18 hours a day (2 days a week with no sleep) and the pay is 20,000-30,000JPY (160-250USD) per month (!). 25 % of animator earns less than 1mil JPY (9000USD) per year. We hope this is not 100% true. 

 

Why is the payment so low? One reason is that there are many middle companies in the anime industry which take significant margins leaving so little for animators who work on the field.

 

It is not easy world. It is the job you do with passion. And if you are a foreigner, you also have the visa/work permit issue. You need the employer to sponsor your visa. The issue is that when you want to change the job, you are better if you can find the job before you quite so that the new employer can support your visa.

 

We see this industry as the same as artists'. Most of the artists are just surviving or doing as a hobby because they can not live with doing art. To be able to life nicely, she/he must climb up the ladder from the very bottom to the top by establishing her/his name and setting up their own company. (There were some exceptions where the kid of a famous anime producer/creator has a short cut such as Goro Miyazaki (a son of Hayao Miyazaki))

 

In sum, you need to be the owner (or one of the owners) of anime production company. To do so, you must have a lot of passion, creativity, social skill and business sense.

there are some job seminars

Mr. Kiichiro Inoue from Sunrise
The lecturer of the AJA anime industry seminar, Mr. Kiichiro Inoue from Sunrise
Mr. Akio Nakagawa from Studio Gallop
The lecturer of the AJA anime industry seminar, Mr. Akio Nakagawa from Studio Gallop

 

[ the below article is published in 2014. The seminar ended.]

We are not experts of the industry but we would like to introduce one seminar which was held in Tokyo, Japan in May. The seminar was finished already. But there are many seminars like this in Japan.

 

The Association of Japanese Animations, AJA, announced today that the association will host a seminar for those who are interested in the animation industry.

 

The lecturers will talk about the animation industry esp. roles of 2D works, 3 works, the difference from other industry, job of editing and post production etc.

 

The details of the seminar:

 

Date/time: 24th May, 2014(Sat)/13:00( start) - 14:30

 

Available seat number: 40 current students or teachers of animation industry

 

Address: 4F Akihabara UDX, 4-14-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021

 

Fee: free

 

Lecturer: Kiichiro Inoue, CG director from Sunrise 

Akio Nakagwa, Editor from Studio Gallop 

 

To apply for this seminar, you need to send the following application email to this mail of the AJA:

office@aja.gr.jp

 

There are several requirements for this email content. And all must be written in Japanese (As there was no English info, this is our guess)

 

1) The email title must be: " アニメ業界デジタルワークスセミナー参加希望 " (this means "Request to join the Animation industry digital works seminar")

2) your name (and how to read your name)

3) age

4) name of your school

5) What do you want to ask the lecturers

 

The deadline is 23rd of May (FRI), 2014

 

There are only 40 seats available and you may not be able to get a seat.

 

The seminar shall be in Japanese and you need a good Japanese communication skill.

 

Recruit sections of major anime productions in Japan

Are you ready to apply or look for a job in anime industry? Then, start now!

 

Studio GhibliHayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli announces their job opening here. (quite rare to see one though) 

The animation house of Japan

 

Kyoto Animation: the recruitment page (in Japanese)

the company of A Silence Voice

Contact form

 

Shaft: the recruitment page (in Japanese) 

the company of Puella Magi Madoka Magica

 

Production I.G. : the recruitment page (in Japanese)

the company which makes Ghost in the Shell

General question: info@production-ig.co.jp

 

Studio Khara: the recruitment page (in Japanese)

The owner, Hideai Anno, famous for evangelion 

contact form

 

Madhouse:  Madhouse has a recruit section on their website

For example, the details of recruitment for 2018 shown in this PDF (in Japanese) Payment is "performance based"

Contact: HR department 

TEL:+81 3-5308-3960

E-mail:recruit@madhouse.co.jp

 

Sunrise:  the recruitment page (in Japanese)

the company of Gundam series

FAQ

 

ufotable: the company's recruitment page

HR contact: jinji@ufotable.com

 

A-1 Pictures: the company's recruitment page

Contact form

 

Bones: the company's recruitment page

the company which produced RahXephon andWolf's Rain

 

Tatsunoko Production: Here is the recruitment section of the Tatsunoko production

 

Here is a quite useful link of anime studios in Japan for your further research.

 

Note: the recruitment page does not only show anime production job but admin or sale etc. as well. if you are not really serious, better not to contact, otherwise you and the company will waste their time.

Good luck!

 

 

Source: AEYAC, Wikipedia

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DIR EN GREY's Kyo Form a New Band (UPDATED in 2017)

sukekiyo, the new band formed by Kyo
sukekiyo, the new band formed by Kyo

DIR EN GREY's Kyo Form a New Band

DIR EN GREY's Kyo Form a New Band

 

The vocalist of DIR EN GREY, Kyo, forms a new band called sukekiyo. (formed in Oct, 2013. Updated in March, 2017. New song released in Feb, 2017)

 

It performed without disclosing its identity at Luna Sea's Sugizo's live at Dec, 2013. Kyo was said to be planning the formation of this band for 3, 4 years before. He wanted to create something different working with different people rather than trying to create different music (with Dir En Grey).

 

Band name comes from the character from the famous Japanese mystery novel " Inugami Family " by Yokomizo Seishi.

 

Their first song video plans to be distributed via iTunes Store in 111 countries on 1st of January, 2014.

 

The band released further:

the demons's cutlery in Dec, 2013,

IMMORTALIS in April, 2014,

sukekiyo 2014 live "wakare wo oshimu huri ha anata no tame" in Oct, 2014,

VITIUM in Feb, 2015,

mimizozo in Nov, 2015,

ANIMA in April, 2016,

sukekiyo 2016 live "ratai to yugu, doroshibai ni sanga no uta" in Dec, 2016,

and "Aoguroi Hysteria, Feb, 2017.

 

DVDs are also selling. [ PERSUASIO // 2015.2.28 sukekiyo 2015 live 「The Unified Field」 -VITIUM- ] and [ MUTANS // 2016.7.17 sukekiyo 2016 live ].

 

 

sukekiyo band member list

Diclosed members of sukekiyo are:

 

Vocal: Kyo

Guitar/Piano: Takumi (from Rentrer en Soi)

Guitar: UTA (from Laypua, Layarch, 9GOATS BLACK OUT)

Bass: YUCHI (from Silhouette, kannivalism, k@mikaze, THE LIDEE, WING WORKS )

Drums: Mika (from Mistia, Lucifer, Rcradle, Rentrer en Soi, forbidden days)

 

sukekiyo goes parallel with DIR EN GREY.

 

<< Onegai Kaeru as agent helps J-music fans overseas to become the fan club members of your favorite J-music singer/group, find out more details here! >>

 

The band's official site is open here.

 

Sukekiyo CDs and DVDS

Shop selling DIR en Grey

Onegai Kaeru will keep you informed with more info available on sukekiyo.

 

 

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Source: wikipedia

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How to Find and Buy a Property in Japan

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How to Find and Buy a Property in Japan

The Kitahama Tower & Plaza Osaka Source: Wikipedia
54 floor high apartment The Kitahama Tower & Plaza Osaka Source: Wikipedia

In our previous article, we pointed out that Japan's population declining. Based on the research of Japanese government, between 2010-2015, 190 communities disappeared in Japan. 19% the whole community in the country is expected to be gone by 2050.

 

But it is not always bad for everyone, the property price in Japan is also going down dramatically (affordable home!). Very first question we often get is "can foreigner buy a property in Japan?". The answer is "YES!" and you can " really own" the land. No special procedure unlike many other countries!

 

In this article, we explain about the housing price in Japan, useful tips and how to find good properties in Japan.

Time to Buy Property in Japan?

The decline in population is not depressing news. At least not totally.

 

As there are more and more empty houses, the housing/land price is lowering so much in suburb and even in the centre of major cities (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Fukuoka etc..).

In 70s and 80s it was so much money to buy properties even in the super suburb. Today we see the land price in Japan is cheaper than most of the developed countries.  Value of Japanese property is not just a price but its quality. Many properties are well built. When you compare the building from the same era in developing countries and Japan, you often see the clear difference.

 

The only area with the price staying expensive are super good locations (e.g. within 5 min walk from train station) in the big cities.

 

Even in Tokyo we see many apartments empty and also not selling for a long time. If you are planning to stay in Japan for a long time, it is a great chance to buy properties in Japan.

 

The tip is to find a wooden house older than 20 years old in the suburb of Tokyo or Tokyo area. Some houses are selling from 1.8mil JPY (ca 14,000USD ) for 50sqm, 35 years old, only one hour from Tokyo and you can renovate it nicely. You need to be very savvy to find such a property and also need to spend some amount to refurbish the house.

 

As a rule of thumb, if you prepare around 30million JPY (ca 280,000USD), you can find a comfortable new properties inside/near Tokyo.

 

Even the high end property is cheaper these days. The high end property (not necessarily in the high end area like Roppongi or Aoyama where the properties are not as appreciated as before if far from station, but the location so close to the train stations (i.e. within 1-5 mins walk in the major area, 1-2 mins  walk in suburb area))

Park City Musashikosugi, Kanagawa Source: wikipedia
Park City Musashikosugi, Kanagawa Source: wikipedia

Tips for property purchase in Japan

1) Find a good agency which is honest and has a fast response

There are millions of real estate agencies in Japan. But they all use the same database to find a property. The difference is the quite basic quality: honesty and fast response.  It is quite rare that one particular agency has more information than others in terms of the property info. Of course, the local agency close to the property tends to have more back ground information which is important for evaluation.

 

We witness there are cases of scams in Japan. Just watch out!!

2) Careful but move fast

All use the same data base. This means that good property shall be gone in a matter of second. The information you find online are already old (sometimes not good because they are not slow to sell) You need a careful analysis of the potential purchase but you also need to be very fast to decide.

3) You need to pay cash at once

Most of Japanese buy property on load as long as over 30 years or so. As a foreigner, you are not entitled to housing loan in Japan. You just need to prepare all cash to pay. In all cases for property purchases in Japan, foreign customers paid in cash.  

 

This way the seller and agency are also comfortable dealing with you. 

4) Pay attention to Japan specific topics

Japan has many natural disasters and also Fukushima nuclear problems. It is relatively safe and clean country compared to most of the countries around the world (as Europe is also not safe any more). Yet, property in Japan is not free from any problem. Japan faces many types of natural disasters. The natural disasters include earthquake, typhoons, big rain, big snow. When you buy properties, you need to pay attention to these topics and make sure enough countermeasure is taken. 

Owl tower, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Source: wikipedia
Owl tower, Ikebukuro, Tokyo (btw, Owl is a bird of Ikebukuro ward) Source: wikipedia

Property in Japan is cheap

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Disappearing Communities in Japan - Not Completely Bad News. Property Get Super Cheap.

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Disappearing communities in Japan.

Source: NHK Japan
The feeling to lose your home town Source: NHK Japan

Japan sees its population declining. 

 

Based on the research of Japanese government, between 2010-2015, 190 communities disappeared in Japan. 19% the whole community in the country is expected to be gone by 2050. But it is not always bad for everyone, the property price in Japan is also going down dramatically (affordable home!).

 

In this article, we explain what is going on with once flourished communities and the housing price in Japan and how to find good properties in Japan.

 

What is going on in suburbs?

When you travel to the suburb of Japan, you only see old people. We have the name for such a community that is "Genkaishuraku 限界集落 - community at the limit". the definition is more than 50% of the population of the community is over 65 years old. In modern day Japan significant number of communities are this or nearly this type.

 

A community in Totsugawa village in Nara has only 2 buses per week (and reservation needed). There were over 20 households but today 3 houses with total population of 5. These 5 people plan to move out in April thus the community will be gone after April.

 

Source: NHK Japan
Source: NHK Japan

 

Even suburb of Tokyo such as Hachioji also keeps losing its population. For example, Ozu community, Hachioji has now only 80 households.

 

Some argues the cost to keep the infrastructure for small communities are waste of tax. Not easy topic.

 

Time to Buy Property in Japan?

It is worrying that many communities are disappearing. If you try to look for a positive side, the property price is record low. Too many houses and too few people in the country.

In the end, not bad for everyone

The trend is that the suburb communities are disappearing. With smaller population, there is not an effective way to stop it. But the land/housing price is going down and the country is more open for foreign buyers. Unlike some communist countries, you can actually own the land in Japan. 

 

It has been too expensive and too inconvenient to live in suburb (and work in the city). Now land price goes down and more internet enabling remote work becomes a mean of work, moving into Japanese suburb with cleaner air and more nature would not be a bad idea.

How is your country?

 

Share your thought.

 

 

Source: This is the gist in English from the Japanese original coverage by NHK 

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Snake and Reptile cafes in Tokyo, Osaka etc. - how to get there and how much?

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Snake and Reptile cafes in Tokyo, Osaka etc. - how to get there and how much?

Snake and reptile cafe list in Japan Source: wikipedia
Snake and reptile cafe list in Japan Source: wikipedia

We featured several unique cafes/shops/hotels in Japan. Full list of major owl cafes in Japanrobot hotelspenguin barsstrange curry shop.

 

There are cat islandsrabbit islandshark island but no snake island in Japan. Virtually some parts of Okinawa islands have many (quite dangerous) snakes on the ground and under water. But still not full of snakes. Onegai kaeru team was in Okinawa several times but we have not seen any yet.

 

Let us put aside the question if you dare to go, even if there is one.

 

Heaven for snake lovers

cafe&snake Tokyo Snake Center in Harajuku, Tokyo (東京スネークセンター)

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

Official website

 

Cafe little ZOO, Narawashino, Chiba

Name: Cafe little ZOO (reptile cafe)

Open: 12:00 lunch time -20:00 (weekdays, last order 19:00)

12:00 lunch time - 22:00 (on Fri, Sat, day before holiday, last order 21:00)

Closed: Wed and Thurs

Price: Meal costs around 1000JPY

Address: 1 Chome-4-10 Motoōkubo, Narashino-shi, Chiba-ken /千葉県習志野市本大久保1-4-10

7 min walk from Keisei Okubo station

Tel:+81 47-455-3329

Official website

Yokohama Anettai Cha (tropical tea. Reptile cafe) (横浜亜熱帯茶)

Name: Yokohama Anettai Cha ( 横浜亜熱帯茶 in Japanese)

Open: 11:00AM-19:00

Closed: Tue and Wed

Address: 2F, 8 Chome-133 Chōjamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken /神奈川県横浜市中区長者町8-133 冨森商事 2F

Tel:+81 45-263-4015

E-Mail:info@reptilescafe.net

 

Official website

Hachurui Kiccha Again (reptile cafe), Osaka (爬虫類きっちゃ アゲイン)

Name: Hachurui Kiccha (爬虫類きっちゃ アゲイン in Japanese)

Open: 12:00 lunch time -21:30

Closed: Wed

Price: 1000JPY (unlimited time) + one drink (500JPY) and some snack

Address: 3 Chome-16-11 Kobayashihigashi, Taishō-ku, Ōsaka-city /大阪市大正区小林東3丁目16番11号

Tel:+81 7-0692-18761

Official website 

Rock-Star, Osaka

Name: Rock Star  (reptile cafe)

Open: 12:00 lunch time -22:00 

Closed: Wed (check website to see if it is open on your visit)

Price: First time visitor needs to pay 1000JPY entrance fee (with this you become a member of the cafe). From second time, you only need to order one drink (starting from 500JPY). Make sure you bring the membership card on your second visit. No time limit.

Address: 2-A Hinosachi building, 1-1-13 Nipponbashi nishi, Naniwaku, Osaka /大阪府大阪市浪速区日本橋西1-1-13 ひの幸ビル2-A

7 min walk from Nankai Namba station

Tel:+81 6-6586-9538

Email: shop@rock-star.xyz

This is not a snake cafe. There are many types reptiles and many snakes.

Official website  

 

Ideal for snake lovers

If you have chance to be in Japan and if you love snakes and reptiles, you can visit  one of these snake cafe.

 

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Source: Tabelog, Cafes' official website

 

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Penguin Bar Ikebukuro, Tokyo- how to get there and how much?

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Penguin bar Source: Tabelog
Four penguins in the cage. Penguin bar Source: Tabelog
Foods are delicious and various types from Japanese to western style  Penguin bar Source:  Penguin bar
Foods are delicious and various types from Japanese to western style Penguin bar Source: Penguin bar
4 times a day to feed the penguins Source:  Penguin bar
4 times a day to feed the penguins Source: Penguin bar
Source: Penguin bar
Source: Penguin bar

Penguin Bar Ikebukuro, Tokyo- how to get there and how much?

We featured several unique cafes/shops/hotels in Japan. Full list of major owl cafes in Japan, robot hotels, snake cafe, strange curry shop. There are cat islands, rabbit island, shark island but no penguin island in Japan.

 

Well...look what we found here! Penguin bar in Tokyo! 

 

There are normally 4 penguins in the glass cage with some swimming pool. You can not touch them but you can take photo. Some may feel bad that penguins needing to work in the small cage for long hours. We are hoping that the bar treats them good. At some cat cafes in Japan, there were some cases where the cats overworked and the regulations came into effect to protect cats. Is there any penguin labor protection regulation too?

 

We do not know about outside of Japan and we would not think of keeping penguins as pets though, you CAN do so in Japan ( just they cost a lot to get and keep).

 

In this bar, there are "feeding times" every 2.5 hour. You make sure you will be there on time (see the time table below). The announcement comes when the time comes. If you do not want, you do not need to. You will be given a fish (one fish per person). When you feed them, you need to hold the tail of fish and give it. Penguins normally eat fish from their heads.

 

<< Love cute birds? check out the list of owl cafes in Japan >>

Time table for feeding penguins

1. 19:00

2. 21:30

3. 23:00

4. 01:30AM (after mid-night)

How much?

So how much (excl. tax) to be there?

 

Price is relatively expensive considering the care for penguins.

 

Table charge is 800JPY per person. you can think this is the entrance fee on that top of eating and drinking. you expect to spend around 2000-3000JPY per head.

 

One glass beer (e.g. Kirin) : 600JPY

 

There are normal menus and some course menus as below:

Penguin course menu : 4320JPY per person

Student plan : 3240JPY per person

 

Note: There are smoking area and non smoking area. (It is not completely separated. If you really hate smoking, you better not go there...)

Location of Penguin bar in Tokyo

Location: Cosmy1 1st floor, 2-38-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (東京都豊島区池袋2-38-2 COSMY1ビル) 7 mins walk from JR Ikebukuro station West exit. ( please refer to the map below)

 

Open: 18:00-04:00AM

 

Tel: +81 3 5927 1310

Other Penguin bars

Now you know where the penguin bar is in Tokyo.

Well, you do not visit Tokyo? Do not worry, there are two more as of 2017.

 

1) Penguin bar in Okinawa

Location: 12-6-16 Matsuyama, Naha city, Okinawa ( 沖縄県那覇市松山12-6-16  )

Contact: +81 98-863-9993

Website

2) Bar Little Feat in Kobe, Hyogo (near Osaka)

Location: 2 Chome-12-6 Shimoyamatedōri, Chūō-ku, Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken (兵庫県神戸市中央区下山手通2-12-6)

Contact: +81 78-321-2369

penguins are so cute

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Source: Tabelog, Bar's official page

 

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Japanese Yosegi Art shop list

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In addition to Kimono, anime goods, Japanese fanclub membership and live tickets, frequent requests from our readers are about Japanese hand craft arts.

 

Yosegizaiku ("寄木細工") is a type of traditional Japanese craft item which originated during Edo Period (1603-1868).  The beautiful mosaic work comes from the natural fine grains and textures of wood. 

 

You can see the yosegi art technique in this footage video.

 

Yosegizaiku are commonly used for secret boxes (Himitsu-bako "秘密箱" or puzzle boxes) which you need to solve the puzzle to open where you hide your treasures(!).

 

The technique is used to make various items such as trays, chests, jewelry boxes, vases, photo frames, coasters etc. We notice there are several shops which selling yosegi made in India. 

Yosegi Art item shop list

1. Hakone Maruyama Bussan ( 箱根寄木細工専門店箱根丸山物産 )

2. Hakone Izumiya ( 寄木細工いづみや )

3. Takai Kogei Highcraft ( 高井工芸ハイクラフト )

4. Asakusa Edoya ( あさくさ江戸屋)

These are the shops you can buy Yosegi arts as we find online. Some of the items below are from the same shop.

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What is Kimono? The brief introduction to Kimono in Japan. 

 

Where to buy Kimono? For gift, Kimono can be one good idea as it can be worn like a traditional way and also as jacket or so like a modern way.

 

How to wash Kimono? Now easy to wash Kimono by yourself. We have a cleaning facility in Japan to help you with Kimono washing.

 

Where to rent Kimono? We offer kimono rental suited for your party, wedding or so.  

 

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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. These shops are the ones we find online at random for your reference purpose. There is no guarantee whatsoever about the authenticity of the shops and items of any sort.

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Court Hotel Kyoto-Shijo, Bad Review First- the Hotel tester

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Court Hotel Kyoto-Shijo

Reasonable price but you must stay on its upper and renovated room.

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This is what you see when you get off the elevator. We know it is not always so and the cleaning staff works very hard. The first impression is important.

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This is what we noticed when we got in the room. Some sticker to put on the peep hole. It is not easy to notice when having to clean the room in limited time so no perfection expected. It is useful but...

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Shower room sink did not make you feel great. There are many stains. The sewage hole is full of mold.  The bad smell in the shower room. ( from the first room )

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Court Hotel Kyoto-Shijo all rights reserved by onegai kaeru

Bath tab is normal. But again dirty. (from the first room)

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Court Hotel Kyoto-Shijo all rights reserved by onegai kaeru

The view from the room. The glass is not properly cleaned. (from the first room)

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Something good about the first room of this hotel? Well, the golden bags are complementary Gyokuro (high quality green tea). We have not seen this at any hotel even 5 star hotel.

 

The preparation for Gyokuro needs some technique, otherwise, you can not enjoy the full taste of this tea. It seems over-spec for this hotel.

We stayed in two types of rooms. One is the lower floor with a double bed. The above pictures were from that room.  You see the futuristic table lamp on the table. 

Our second room was a twin bed room from the upper floor (10th). The room was renovated. If you stay at this hotel, you must stay at upper floor. The above photos are of the upper floor.

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There is always something not working well. The toilet lid can not open completely. You see the left side of the lid is touching the basin. As a man, when you want to use it while standing, you need to hold the lid somehow to keep it open. 

Overview

Name: Court Hotel Kyoto-Shijo

Address: 698 Myodenjicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8472 (close Unizo Shijo Karasuma)

Contact: +81 75 361 0505

Bad

1. Room is small (single room) upper floor with twin beds are bigger)

2. Dirty (some are too dirty) and old room

3. Very thin blanket (you can get an extra blanket from the front desk)

4. No safe

5. Old bulky key (hard to carry around)

6. Room does not get warm up

7. Too soft bed ( annoying when it is a queen size bed with two people sleeping. You get up every time your partner moves. Just do not reserve a double bed.)

8. Toilet lid does open properly

9. Awkward room furniture i.e. the table lamp was futuristic which looked like a long black pole, very hard to use.. and the big business chair which did not match the hotel style at all. 

Good

1. Expensive complimentary tea (Gyokuro) 

2. Variety of amenity good

 

3. Less 5 min walk from the exit of Karasuma/Shijo station (It is around 7-10 mins to the platform)

4. Supermarket ( Fresco), convenient stores are around. 2 min walk distance.

5. Air cleaner had a button to turn off the lights of buttons even if on. Convenient when you sleep.

6. Room charge is relatively cheap

Total EXPERIENCE (out of 5 stars)

Location: 4 (you feel like it ages walking for 5-6 mins to get Shijo Karasuma (the end of the central street of Kyoto city))

Service: 3 

Food: n.a.

Cleanliness: 2 (dirty and old)

Water pressure: 3

Building: 2  (old )

Cost: 4 (7000-8000 JPY per room depending on season)

Tip

Stay at the upper and renovated floor. When you reserve, you make sure to inform the hotel that you want to have the upper and renovated room!

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Based on our actual experience, we share our review of a hotel. It is only our point of view as of our date of stay. Issues can be room related, time related. We understand that there are things the hotel cannot control. No harm intended. Our aim is to improve the hotel service standard being honest about our experience. Silence is more harmful.

 

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

 

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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: hotel's official websites

 

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HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma, Bad Review First- the Hotel tester

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HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

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This is how the flow is when fully open. The biggest problem with this hotel is the water pressure of the tab. It was annoying.

HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi
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Laundry machine is available near the reception. Need to pay to use it.

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Charging adapter with multi shape ends.

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HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma all rights reserved by onegai kaeru

There is a bath tab. The size is quite small. The same type as APA hotel group. 

The front desk can lend you a nail clipper. Very convenient for the long trip. We wonder what else we can lend from the hotel.

You do not need to press the floor button in the elevator. You only use your card to place it in front of the sensor. 

You have 5 star hotel level amenities such as sewing kit (which you anyway never use), hair band, body location, mouth wash etc.

The entrance is nice with the lighting. The reception has a small stone garden.

 

Air cleaner is almost every hotel in Japan.

But the functionality differs.

Differentiator(s) are:

1) some can be silenced.

2) some can turn off the lights of switches so that it does not bother you when you sleep even if it is on.

 

Well, at this hotel the one was normal with no differentiator.

Overview

Name: HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma of Unizo group

Address:8 Katsukyoyamacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8493 

Contact: +81 75 241 4125

Bad

1. Room is small (single room)

2. Safe is too small

3. had some itchy insect bites so had to sleep "on" the bed cover. (could be from somewhere). To be fair, the bugs may come from somewhere during the trip.

4. Small bath tab like APA hotel

5. No personnel at around the mid night (It should be a timing related though, when we came back, there was no personnel at the reception. The guest was looking for the staff to check in)

6. Water pressure of tab is quite weak. (shower pressure is strong)

 

Good

1. Unizo tends to have plenty of amenities which is 5 star level including hairband, sewing kit

2. Check out time is 12:00 which is also 5 star level.

3. Touch free card in the elevator and at the door ( in this one, you do not even need to press your floor button. When you put the card on the sensor in the elevator, the button of your floor is pressed automatically.)

4. Less 5min walk from the exit of Karasuma/Shijo station (It is around 7-10 mins to the platform)

5. Building is new

6. Supermarket ( Fresco), convenient stores are around. 2min walk distance.

 

Total EXPERIENCE (out of 5 stars)

Location: 4 (you feel like it ages walking for 5-6 mins to get Shijo Karasuma (the end of the central street of Kyoto city))

Service: 4 (we lent a nail clipper and extra pillow. It was around 5 mins to deliver.)

Food: n.a.

Cleanliness: 3 (because of possible bed bug)

Water pressure: 4 (shower), 1 (tab water - very weak)

Building: 4  ( new )

Interested?

Note:

Based on our actual experience, we share our review of a hotel. It is only our point of view as of our date of stay. Issues can be room related, time related. We understand that there are things the hotel cannot control. No harm intended. Our aim is to improve the hotel service standard being honest about our experience. Silence is more harmful.

 

If you want your hotel to be tested, please contact us.

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!

 

 

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: hotel's official websites

 

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List of Interesting islands in Japan - how to get there and where to stay

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Source: Wikipedia
More 6800 islands in Japan Source: Wikipedia

Onegai Kareu team has explored and published the practical information of interesting islands in Japan. 

 

Here is the list. Click the article and you find how to get there and where to stay exactly. 

Rabbit island, Hiroshima

Do you like rabbit? The island is for rabbit lovers Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Do you like rabbit? The island is for rabbit lovers Source: Hiroshima prefecture

The island is officially called Okunoshima, Hiroshima prefecture.

 

Click here to find our more!

Shark island, Yamagata

You will see many cute sharks ( real name: Banded houndshark) Source: Wikipedia
You will see many cute sharks ( real name: Banded houndshark) Source: Wikipedia

Tobishima island near Sakata, Niigata is known as "shark island". You can meet many sharks under water.

Click here to find out more!

Yakushima, Kagoshima

Jomonsugi Yakushima Source: Wikipedia
Jomonsugi Yakushima Source: Wikipedia
Yakushima Source: Wikipedia
Yakushima Source: Wikipedia
Yakushima Source: Wikipedia
Yakushima Source: Wikipedia

You will feel as if you time-traveled back to the ancient time. 

 

Click here to find out more! Our article has the biggest list of places to stay overnight on that island.

Hachijojima, Tokyo

Hachijojima Source: wikipedia
Hachijojima Source: wikipedia

You only think of a big city when you hear "Tokyo"? Well, Tokyo has several jungle islands up south. Not so hard to reach.

 

Click here to find out more!

Toshima, Tokyo

Toshima island Wikipedia
Toshima island Wikipedia

This island is rich in camellia flower. You find high quality camellia oil.

 

Click here to find out more!

Aogashima, Tokyo

Nature on Aogashima island Source: Gurunavi
Nature on Aogashima island Source: Gurunavi

 This island is not easy to get (a lot of "luck" factor involved). This is why it is so popular for many adventurers. 

 

Click here to find out more! This article has the detailed information on how to get this island.

Tomogashima, Wakayama

 It is told that there is a big fortune buried there. Wanna get rich? Go to Tomogashima! :)

 

Click here to find out more!

Hashima, Nagasaki

Hashima aka BattleshipIsland Source: Wikipedia
Hashima aka BattleshipIsland Source: Wikipedia
Hashima aka BattleshipIsland Source: Wikipedia
Hashima aka BattleshipIsland Source: Wikipedia

The old village for coal mine.  

 

Used as a location for 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall and also Attack on Titan. You need a special tour to get the island and also not 100% guaranteed that yon can land on the island depending on the sea condition and season.

 

How to get Hashima?

First get to Nagasaki in Kyushu by air or ground. Then get to Nagasaki port.

There are 3 major tour companies:

1. Gunkanjima cruise 

3400JPY for adult

Credit card not accepted

Tel: +81 95-827-2470

 

2. Yamasa Line 

4500JPY for adult

Credit card not accepted

Tel: +81 95-822-5002

 

3. Gunkanjima Concierge 

4200JPY for adult

Credit card accepted

Tel: +81 95-895-9300 

You book from these websites. The tour is usually around 40 USD per head.

Ikeshima, Nagasaki

Old coal mine. Some tour available. Great photo shooting place!

 

Similar to the very famous Gunkan island above. 

 

Click here to find out more!

Iriomote island (西表島), Okinawa

Pinaisara fall Source: Wikipedia
Pinaisara fall Source: Wikipedia

Cat islands in Japan

We noticed more than 13 cat islands in Japan. You can find the one close to your destination. For detailed information, you can check this article.

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 

 

How to get Aoshima? 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

 

How to get Tashirojima? 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

Source: Findtravel
Source: Findtravel

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

 

You can visit there after you enjoy owl cafe in Tokyo!

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

Japan has more than 6800 islands

Japan has big destinations like Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka. Many do not know that there are more than 6800 islands (some are too tiny to travel to though). The above are just some example.

 

Which island have you been to?

 

How was your experience? When you have more suggestions, please let us know!

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How to Get Funauki, Iriomote island, Okinawa, Japan and where to stay

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Source: Wikipedia

How to Get Funauki, Iriomote island, Okinawa, Japan and where to stay

Source: wikipedia
Crested serpent eagle Source: wikipedia
Rare elegant tree viper called Sakishima Habu. Quite rare but also deadly, do not approach!  Source: wikipedia
Rare elegant tree viper called Sakishima Habu. Quite rare but also deadly, do not approach! Source: wikipedia

Funauki, a hidden jungle on Japanese iriomote island with only 40 ppl. Jungle and beach in the big beautiful nature. How to get there and where to stay? 

 

One of the biggest summer resorts in Japan is no doubt Okinawa islands. Amongst the islands,  you must visit Iriomote island. The Michelin Green Guide 2 star island is quite rich in the nature with unique animals such as Iriomote cat, Crested serpent eagle and Golden-headed turtle. It boasts many waterfalls and rivers like Mariyudo water fall.

 

With this article, you learn about Iriomote island and its hidden area called Funauki. 

 

Brief info: Funauki is a small area on Iriomote island. There are  residents, three inns and two restaurants. It is quite a mangrove with a beautiful water fall, Mizuochi no taki "水落の滝". On Iriomote island, the area is completely cut off on the ground ( literally there is not road to the area so you must take ship)

 

Of course there is a big sand beach Ida no hama beach " イダの浜 " which is around 10 mins walk from Funauki port.

 

Great thing about the island is that there are many places you have no mobile phone signal reception. 

 

<< If you are interested in learning about more islands in Japan, you can check our comprehensive Japanese island list here. >>

 

How to get Iriomote island

Before you get Funauki, you need to get Iriomote island (Iriomote jima) of which Funauki is part.

You fly to Naha airport (of the main island in Okinawa) from an airport. Then from there, you fly to Shin Ishigaki airport.

 

Thereafter, you follow the below.

How to get Funauki

First get a ferry from Ishigaki island to Uehara port "上原港" of Iriomote island.

 

Then from Uehara port, get a bus to Shirahama port from which you take another boat to Funauki.

Timetable between Ishigaki port and Uehara port

 

 

Here is the ferry timetable between Ishigaki port and Uehara port.

 

There are two ferry companies at Ishigaki selling tickets to Uehara port.  Anei (安栄観光) and Yaeyama ( 八重山観光 ). Both provides the bus from Uehara to Shirahama but the time table is limited at Yaeyama bus line. So you suggest you to use Anei bus (flexible shuttle bus).

 

Therefore, when you buy the ferry ticket, very very important to buy the ferry ticket at Anei line and told the staff that you want to go go to Shirahama port. Then, you can get the shuttle bus ticket for free.

When buying ticket, you say " Please give me the bus ticket to get Shirahama " = " Shirahama homen he ikitai no de basu ken wo onegaishimasu / 白浜方面ヘいきたいのでバス券をお願いします" (just show this to the staff when you buy the ferry ticket at Anei if the staff did not understand you).

 

To book the ferry ticket 

 

Price: 2060JPY one way 3910JPY round trip for adult (from 12 years old)

1030JPY one way 1960JPY round trip for kid (age between 6 and 11 years old)

1030JPY one way 2060JPY round trip for people with disability

You can reserve from this official website

 

(tax incl. as of Feb 2017 subject to change )

 

From Ishigaki port From Uehara port
07:10 08:00
08:30 09:30
09:30 10:30
via Hatoma
10:50 12:00
13:30 14:30
15:30
via Hatoma
16:40
16:40 17:40

【Winter season】Oct 2016-March 2017

 

(as of Feb 2017 subject to change )

Take bus from Uehara port to Shirahama port

So if you read carefully our above advise, now you have the shuttle bus ticket to get Shirahama port. You take it to get Shirahama port. It is around 1.5 hours bus trip.

 

If you get the ticket at Yaeyama line by any chance, do not worry! There is also anyway a way to get Shirahama. There is a bus called Iriomote Kotsu bus (西表交通バス). The bus runs every 2-3 hours and ends quite early. It is not so convenient. Good luck!

time table between Shirahama and Funauki ports

From Shirahama port, you take a boat to Funauki. You are almost there!!

 

Funauki Line

Tel: +81 980-85-6552

 

10 mins cruise per one way.

 

One way 500JPY per adult person  

round ticket 950 JPY per adult person

Child: 250 JPY per person

 

From Funauki From Shirahama
07:50 (1Dec-28Feb) 08:35 (1Dec-28Feb)
08:15 (1March-30Nov) 08:35 (1March-30Nov)
10:35 10:55
12:50 13:20
15:30(21July-31Aug) 15:50 (21July-31Aug)
17:10 17:50
n.a. n.a.

Note: Time table subject to changes due to the time, season, sea condition. Please call the company Funauki line before you take. Tel: +81 980-85-6552 

 

(as of Feb 2017 subject to change )

Where to stay

Where to stay

 

1. Kamadomaso (民宿かまどま荘)  

 

Address: 2463 Iriomote, Taketomi-chō, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa-ken 907-1542 ( 907-1542

沖縄県八重山郡竹富町字西表2463)

 

Tel: +81 980-85-6165

 

6000JPY per one adult with breakfast and dinner 

3000JPY per one kid with breakfast and dinner 

 

4500JPY per one adult with breakfast (No dinner)

 

5000JPY per one adult with dinner (No breakfast)

3500JPY per one adult with No dinner and No breakfast

(there is a kitchen) 

 

(all info subject to possible change, please check the inn when you book) 

 

2. Funauki-so ( ふなうき荘)

 

Address: 2458 Iriomote, Taketomi-chō, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa-ken 907-1542 ( 〒907-1542 沖縄県八重山郡竹富町字西表 2458 )  

Tel: +81 980-85-7155

Tel: +81 980-85-6161

 

Price: One night with Breakfast and dinner 

6000JPY per person (no bath and no toilet in the room)

7000JPY per person(bath and toilet in the room. 3 Japanese rooms and 1 western style room available.)

 

Laundry machine, TV, towel, hair dryer, AC equipped

No tooth brash, no PJ

 

(all info subject to possible change, please check the inn when you book) 

 

3. Oyado Okuiriomote (御宿 奥西表)

Address: 2437 Iriomote, Taketomi-chō, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa-ken 907-1542 ( 沖縄県八重山郡竹富町字西表2437 )

Price: 15000JPY per room per night

One weekplan also available 70000JPY (90000JPY high season i.e. winter holiday, summer holiday, goldenweek) per room per week

One dinner:2500JPY per one adult, 1500JPY per one kid (up to primary school age)

Breakfast: 800JPY

Checkin : 14:00

Checkout: 11:00

WIFI, laundry machine, TV, towel, hair dryer, AC equipped

 No tooth brash, no razor, no PJ

 

(all info subject to possible change, please check the inn when you book) 

Have a nice trip!

We hope you have now all the necessary information as you need.

 

Have a nice trip!

 

<< If you are interested in learning about more interesting islands in Japan, you can check our comprehensive Japanese island list here. >>

Iriomote cat, very rare to find! Source: wikipedia
Iriomote cat, very rare to find! Source: wikipedia

 

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Looking for a cool island near Tokyo? How about Hachijojima? Click here to find out more?  

 

Have you heard of "Cat islands" and want to know how to get there, please check here!

 

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Source: Wikipedia, Anei Kanko, Yaeyama Kanko, Funauki line

 

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HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi, Bad Review First- the Hotel tester

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HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi

HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi
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Air cleaner is almost every hotel in Japan.

But the functionality differs.

Differentiator(s) are:

1) some can be silenced.

2) some can turn off the lights of switches so that it does not bother you when you sleep even if it is on.

 

Well, at this hotel the one was normal with no differentiator.

HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi
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If only this closet is next the door.

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Window was broken. The rubber is out. Almost not openable.

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You have 5 star hotel level amenities such as sewing kit (which you anyway never use), hair band, body location, mouth wash etc.

Overview

Name: HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Yodoyabashi of Unizo group

Address: 4 Chome-2-7 Koraibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 541-0043

Contact: +81 6-6203-2020

Bad

1. No safe in your room ( you can use the safe at the reception if you need)

2. Closet with shoe polishers and shoehorn is the opposite side of the door so that you need to walk across the room. It is annoying for those who like to take off shoes in the room to keep the dirt out. 

3. had some itchy insect bites so had to sleep "on" the bed cover. (could be from somewhere). To be fair, the bugs may come from somewhere during the trip.

4. Window frame was broken. The insulation rubber was hanging out - ugly. It did not open well.

 

Good

1. Unizo tends to have plenty of amenities which is 5 star level including hairband, sewing kit

2. Check out time is 12:00 which is also 5 star level.

3. Touch free card in the elevator and at the door

4. Less 1min walk from the exit of Yodoyabashi station (It is around 5 mins to the platform)

5. Building is new

6. Big room ( the single room should be much smaller)

 

Total EXPERIENCE (out of 5 stars)

Location: 5

Service: 3

Food: n.a.

Cleanliness: 3 (because of possible bed bug)

Water pressure: 5 (shower)

Building: 4  ( new )

Interested?

Note:

Based on our actual experience, we share our review of a hotel. It is only our point of view as of our date of stay. Issues can be room related, time related. We understand that there are things the hotel cannot control. No harm intended. Our aim is to improve the hotel service standard being honest about our experience. Silence is more harmful.

 

If you want your hotel to be tested, please contact us.

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

 

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How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) International Airport, Vietnam

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How Not To Be Cheated by Taxi at Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) International Airport, Vietnam

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Planning to travel to Ho Chi Minh City (in short, HCMC), Vietnam or are you already at the airport using the WIFI? You have landed at a right place to begin your trip with no (or most likely not so much) stress!

 

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. 

 

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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.

 

<<Not only Japan, we support your market entry to Vietnam-South East Asia! Feel free to talk to 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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What to do on New Year Eve and Days in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and others!) 2017-2018

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What to do on New Year Eve and Days in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and others!)

Visiting Japan on New Year? (updated 2017)

Yokohama Hakkeijima New Year Fireworks! Source: pixta
Yokohama Hakkeijima New Year Fireworks! Source: pixta

Planning to spend time in Japan on the new year eve and days? 

 

Unlike most of the western world where people celebrate it with firework and a lot of alcohol, the new year is (probably) the most silent period of time in Japan. 

 

If you are looking forward to the big fire works everywhere and a lot of parties, you are basically in a wrong country. On the bright side, it is a very special moment in the country of rising sun. You spend one of the most important moments with all Japanese people. Yet, unless you stay in the very suburb, it is not complete silence during the period. There are a lot of fun events, parties etc. going on on Japan's new year.

 

We try to list up as many fun things as possible to do on the new year eve and new year days.

 

Now let us cut to the chase!

What to do in Tokyo area

New Year Eve Events

1. Hanayashiki de Toshimatagi illumination Countdown

Source: Hanayashiki

Name: Asakusa Hanayashiki (theme park)

Place: Asakusa, Tokyo

Price: 2000JPY

Time: 31 Dec 21:00- 1 Jan 02:00AM

Contact: +81 3-3842-8780

Note: You can ride as many attractions as possible and after the event you can visit Sensoji temple in Asakusa.

http://hanayashiki-event.com/countdown2016/

2. Nanja Countdown party

Source: Nanja town's official website
Source: Nanja town's official website
Source: Namco Nanja town
Source: Namco Nanja town

Name: Nanja town 

Place: Nanja Town, Ikebukuro, Tokyo 

Time: 31 Dec 22:00- 1 Jan 05:00AM

Contact: +81 3-5950-0765

Note: At the Sunshine building in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It usually offers new year ice creams (1000 ice creams for free at 2016 event)

http://www.namco.co.jp/tp/namja/NEWS/events/2016100102.html

New Year Fireworks

1. Yokosuka Countdown

Yokosuka new year firework Source: cocoyoko
Yokosuka new year firework Source: cocoyoko

Place: Ikoi hiroba at Verny Park 

Time: 31 Dec 18:00- 1 Jan 01:00AM

Address: 1 Chome-1 Shioirichō, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken 238-0042 (Get off at Shioiri station (Keikyu) and 5 min walk, or Yokosuka station (JR) 1 min walk)

Note:

The schedule looks like

18:00 event starts (live performances on stage)

21:00 light decoration on on the ship

00:00 (mid night)at fireworks (around 400 shots) for 5 mins

01:00 the event ends

Contact: +81 46-825-1080

Website

 

2. Happy Island Countdown

Fireworks at Happy Island Countdown at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Source: Hanabinomori
Fireworks at Happy Island Countdown at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Source: Hanabinomori
Fireworks at Happy Island Countdown at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Source: Yokohama city
Fireworks at Happy Island Countdown at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Source: Yokohama city

Name: Happy Island Countdown 

Place: Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Time: 31 Dec 19:00 - 1 Jan 08:00AM

Contact: +81 45-788-8888

Note: ca 3000 fireworks!

Website 

3. Tokyo Disney resort

Name: Tokyo Disney resort

Place: Maihama, Chiba

Time: 31 Dec 20:00 - 1 Jan 07:00AM

Contact: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/magic/cd_party/apply/

Fee: 9000 JPY per person 

Note: Ticket is already sold out as of December, 2016 (if you are reading this in 2017 for 2018 or thereafter, you may have a chance. Go quick and find out on the official website )

 

(You can see the fire work for free if you are lucky. Check out Kasai Rinkai Park below)

4. Kasai Rinkai Park

One cool spot you want to be is Kasai Rinkai Park. Unlike many other places, it is a 700 JPY entry. You can even see fireworks of Tokyo Disney resorts.

31 Dec 10:00AM - 1 Jan 08:00AM

Contact: +81 3-3686-6911

Famous Clubs in Tokyo area

Click the above picture to go to each official website

Some examples of big countdown parties taking places as below:

 

Name: ageHa

Address: 2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto, Tokyo 136-0082

Phone: +81 3-5534-1515

Note: Capacity 2400 people. Currently probably the most famous club in Japan.

 

Name: SOUND MUSEUM VISION

Address: 2−10−7, Dogenzaka, Shibuya,Tokyo

Contact: +81 3-5728-2824

Note: Located at the basement in Dogenzaka street, Shibuya. Capacity 1500 people.

 

Name: Club Six Tokyo

Address: 2F, 5-5-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Phone: +81 3-3470-6066

Note: Capacity 500 people. The club with the latest sound systems.

 

Name: V2 Tokyo

Address: 13F, 5-5-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Phone: +81 3-5474-0091

Note: Capacity 2000 people. One of the biggest clubs in Roppongi area.

 

Name: Maharaja Roppongi

Address: 3-12-6, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Phone: +81 3-6804-1798

Note: Most famous club in Japan in 1980-1990. The countdown party offers you something Japanese e.g. new year soba noodle etc.  Capacity 300 people.

 

Name: ESPRIT TOKYO

Address: Roppongi B&V building2/3 floor,5-1-6 Roppongi Minatoku,Tokyo

Contact: +81 3-3470-1371

Note: renovated in April, 2015. around 600 people capacity

Famous countdown parties at some hotels in Tokyo

 If you want to have a very special night with great food and atmosphere, you can check some countdown parties at cool hotels in the city. Well, you need to book in advance and the price is quite something (150 USD - 300USD per person). It is certainly worth it.

 

Our recommendations are ANA InterContinental Tokyo for DJs at MIXX bar and lounger and Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo for all you can drink Dom Perignon and some buffet.

What to do in osaka Area

1. Universal Countdown Party

Countdown fireworks at Universal Studio Japan, Osaka 

Place: Universal Studio Japan, Osaka

Time: 31 Dec 19:00 - 1 Jan 02:00AM

Fee: 12800 JPY per person

There will be live concerts by some famous musicians (famous in Japan) and fireworks!

You need to get " the party pass " to attend this party. This party pass allows you to attend the party and ride all attractions from 19:00 on 31 Dec till 21:00 on 1st of Jan (26 hours!).

Website 

2. New Year's Countdown

New year countdown event Source: Wakayama Marina City
You see musician performaces and fireworks..and the entry is free! Source: Wakayama Marina City

Place: Porto Europa area in Wakayama Marina City, Wakayama

Time: 31 Dec 19:00 - 1 Jan 00:50AM

Address: 1527, Kemi, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama-ken, Japan

Fee: Free

Contact: +81 73-448-0300 

You see the local musicians on stage and fireworks!

Website

3. Suma Aqualife Park Countdown Party

Place: Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, Kobe, Hyogo

Time: 31 Dec 21:00 - 1 Jan 01:00AM

Fee: 1300JPY 

Address: 1 Chome-3-5 Wakamiyacho, Suma Ward, Kobe, Hyogo

Contact: +81 78-731-7301 

Every year around 4000 visitors. You see the new year dolphin shows etc.

Website 

Famous Clubs in Osaka

There shall be a lot of new year events at clubs

 

Famous ones include

Vanity Osaka

Address: 2 Chome-7-20 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka Prefecture 542-0083

Phone: +81 6-6212-3333

 

On and On

Address: Basement 1, 6 Chome−8−7, Nishitenma, Kita, Osaka

Phone: +81 6-6362-0212

Other places

Nagashima Spa land, Mie

Fireworks on the new year's day ! Source: Nagashima Spa land official website
Fireworks on the new year's day ! Source: Nagashima Spa land official website
Concerts and live shows on the new year's day ! Source: Nagashima Spa land official website
Concerts and live shows on the new year's day ! Source: Nagashima Spa land official website

Name: New Year's Party

Address: 333 Nagashimachō Urayasu, Kuwana-shi, Mie-ken 511-1135

 (Take Mie-Kotsu bus from Kuwana station)

Fee: 5500JPY per person (if you buy in advance, 5000JPY)

Time: 31 Dec 20:00-1 Jan 03:00AM

Contact: +81 594-45-1111

Note: This is the biggest new year event in Tokai area. It is a theme park with hot spring. Live concerts and then fireworks. Every year famous firework artists from Aichi prefecture craft the fireworks. After the countdown, enjoy the hot spring in this venue. The hot spring is open till 05:00AM (last entry is by 04:00AM) on 1st Jan

Website

Count Down at Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki

Name: Huis Ten Bosch

Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-3292

Fee: there are several types, basically around 10,000JPY

Time: 31 Dec 08:00AM-1 Jan 26:00

Contact: +81 570-064-110

Note: There are more than 40 attractions/rides you can enjoy in the ticket package. Live concerts and fireworks. Their fireworks is one of the biggest in Japan for the countdown event.

For this venue, you can check out the Robot hotel for your stay.

Website

Morin-ji temple, Gunma

Name: Candle Road in Morin-ji

Address: 1570 Horikuchō, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma (you walk around 10 mins from Morin-ji-mae station on Tobu Isesaki line)

Fee: n.a.

Time: c.a. 31 Dec 23:00-1 Jan 02:00AM

Contact: +81 276-73-0632

Note: In Japanese, Morinji reads " 茂林寺 ". At this special time of the year, the temple lit up 2000 candles. The temple usually offers warm drinks. No fireworks but this venue is  great for those who appreciate silent traditional type of Japanese new year.

Website 

Sanrio Character Harmony Park Kitty Land, Oita

Name: Sanrio Character Harmony Park Kitty Land

Address: 5933 Fujiwara, Hinodemachi, Hayami, Oita

Fee: n.a. 

Time: 31 Dec -1 Jan 

Contact: +81 977-73-1111

Note: If you love Hello Kitty and other characters from Sanrio, this must be the ideal way of welcoming a new year. There will be fireworks around Kitty Castle when the time hits the new year. Usually visitors fly their balloons when the fireworks start.

Website 

More events

After you spend sleepless night on the new year's eve, you can consider doing the below. Many Japanese do these.

Emperor's Public appearance on New Year (ONLY for Tokyo)

You go to the emperor's palace near Tokyo station and get disappointed as the gates are always closed?  You will be very lucky if you visit Japan on new year's day. On January 2nd, the Japan's emperor makes several speeches to the public at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It is one of only two rare occasions for the year. On this day the gate opens to the public, there will be so many people (you may also see some far right wing people too).

 

We are once there to see the emperor. You do not need to reserve in advance but please be prepared to wait for 2 hours or longer, where you basically need to stand still in the cold till the security guards instruct you to move, before you see the royal family.

 

The emperor and family members appearance time table 

10:10AM 

11:00AM 

11:50AM 

13:30 and 

14:20

Fukubukuro (luck bag) (Anywhere you are in Japan)

Many shops offer you a bag full of items at a good price on 1st ( and, 2nd and 3rd depending on shop)of Jan. It is normal that you can not see what it is in the bag. You open it when you buy and you may be happy to find great items at super good price or be disappointed to find all the unsold items from the previous year..

 

Popular Fukubukuro includes Japan's Starbucks which offer original items.  Last year (2015 as of the time of writing this) there were incidents where some group of people bought all Starbucks' Fukubukuro around major cities (to resell the items online to earn profit) which pissed the public off.

Hatsumode (visiting Shrine on 1 Jan) (ANYWHERE YOU ARE IN JAPAN)

Do not expect an easy and silent trip to the shrines (if you go to one in a big city) Source: Wikipedia

Many Japanese visit shrines on 1st of Jan. It is called " Hatsu-mode = first visit" . If you are in Tokyo area, famous places are:

 

1) Meiji jingu,

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052

Note: Probably the most famous shrine in Tokyo. Very close to Harajuku station. 3.17million visitors on the new year day in 1st, 2nd and 3rd of Jan, 2016. The Peak times are 00:00-03:00AM on 1st, 11:00AM-15:00 of 2nd and 3rd of Jan

 

2) Yoyogi Hachimangu

Address: 5-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0053

Note: Some walk from Yoyogi Park/Yoyogihachiman. It is believed to give luck on your job at this shrine

 

3) Kinarikio jinja 

Address: 2 Chome-17-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

Note: Around 4000 visitors every year at the new year day

 

Namiyoke Inari Source: the shrine's official website
Namiyoke Inari Source: the shrine's official website

4) Namiyoke Inari 

 

Address: 6 Chome-20-37 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045

Note: Close to Tsukiji market. The peak time is 00:00-03:00AM on 1st of Jan. 30,000 visitors on 1-3 of Jan, 2016 

 

You will see so many visitors like crowded trains in the morning.

 

 

Hatsu-mode is usually for shrine but many also visit temples. For example, Sensoji in Asakusa will be full on the new years days.

Source: Meijijingu shrine

At Hatsumode(a new year day) visit to a shrine, you can buy the cute doll of the animal of the year (Chicken is the animal of 2016 (called "Dorei = clay bell"). pictured on left). Our members collected all 12 animals. 

And you can write your wish on the wooden plate called "Ema" (pictured on right).

Flying Kite (Takoage)

This is too much Japanese though, if you want to know what we are doing on the new year's day traditionally.

 

When we were little, we went out to our schools and flew kites on new year's day. It is usually cold on these days but as kids you would not mind it.

calligraphy on the Jan 1st (Kakizome)

It is getting really Japanese here. What we do on new years day, we also do calligraphy writing the word for the new year. For example, if you have an important exam on that year, you may write "Pass= Gokaku (合格)" on the paper with a Japanese pen.

Traditional Badminton (Hanetsuki)

Hanetsuki on new year Source: Wikipedia
Hanetsuki on new year Source: Wikipedia

We also play Hanetsuki which is similar to badminton without a net.

 

Hane means "feather shuttlecock" and Tsuki means "hit". It is really like a badminton as everyone knows. 

Yet, there is no net so you can play anywhere outside unless the wind is too strong and also the rackets are made of wooden board (no net). This way, if any kids play this game, you can easily notice from the sounds the rackets make when hitting the shuttlecock.

The most distinct part of this game is that if you lose, the opponent will write something ( x mark) on your face with a Japanese calligraphy pen. It is quite messy if you play this game so we do not see many really write on their faces in the game even though play this Hanetsuki badminton.

Important notes for Tourists on New Year in Japan

Did you find where to go on your new year's eve and days in Japan? Then, to make sure your trip is a great and happy one, we would like to share with you some travel tips when you are visiting Japan on new year.

Operation time of public transport

Public transport may not run 24 hours in Japan. In some countries public transport goes on 24 hours which is great for party goers but not in Japan. Public transports stop usually by the mid night or around 1AM at latest even in the center of Tokyo. As an exception in the year, on new year's eve many public transports in the major cities run 24 hours. Yet, you better check out if you have a train or bus to go back to your place on some new year's eve events.

Our recommendation is to use this website to check your way back. It covers most of the public transports in Japan. https://world.jorudan.co.jp/norikae/cgi-bin/engkeyin.cgi

Opening time of ATMs

Many touristy places like museums, zoos, and stores, restaurants, banks and ATMs are closed on one or more days between December 29th and January 4th. Japan is known for having most of the places open and till late but you find many places are closed on 1st of January. 

 

For food, books etc. do not worry, convenience stores are always there for you. But for the cash, the ATMs are in the convenience stores usually but on 1st and 2nd of January, ATMs in the convenience stores are not in service (due to some maintenance etc.). Considering that there are significant numbers of places which do not take credit cards, if you have not much cash with you, better withdraw before the new year's eve to survive the new year's day.

Consider getting Snow Shoes with Good grip

It is not usually that it snows in Tokyo or Osaka on new year day. But in some years we saw a big snow around the new year time and the road gets icy in the city esp. in the morning and the night.  You do not want to start a new year with broken arm/leg(s) or so. To have a safe grip of the ground, better prepare one pair of snow shoes which can walk on icy road. 

 

 

All information based on 2016. Some events may not take place in other year and also may be under different names

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Source: Wikipedia, each inn's official websites

 

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Unique Hotels in Nagasaki and Tokyo area. Robot Hotel (real name: Henna Hotel)

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Robots work hard at this hotel Source: the hotel's official website
Robots work hard at this hotel Source: the hotel's official website
Source: the hotel's official website
Rooms are quite good for robot hotel! Source: the hotel's official website

Unique Hotels in Nagasaki and Tokyo area. Robot Hotel (real name: Henna Hotel) Updated in 2017

We introduced Mongolia theme hotel in Tochigi and Night train hotel in Tokyo, and got quite good feedback. So we decided to introduce a bit more for you to see something interesting during your trip to Japan.

 

When you travel to Japan, you may think of something futuristic about the country. How about staying at a robot hotel? It is basically "managed by" robots in Japan.

 

140 robots work in one robot hotel (and 7 humans).  The owner of the two robot hotels, Huis Ten Bosch CEO Mr. Hideo Sawada (who is a real human being "for now" ), says that the company plans to open 100 robot hotels around the world including Taiwan and Shanghai.

 

The robot hotel (Henna hotel) near Tokyo opened. You can book it from the below. [Updated in 2017]

Name: Henna Hotel ( meaning "strange" hotel in Japanese)

Click below to book Henna Hotel (Robot hotel), Nagasaki!

Cost: around 100 USD with breakfast (depending on how many people to stay in one room, with or without breakfast, low season and high season)

 

 

Address: 6-5 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki-ken. It is in the Netherlands concept theme park, Huis Ten Bosch where you see real looking Dutch buildings opened in 1991. ( There is a similar one in Chiba called German Village Chiba. If you are from Europe, you better check these places out for your information !?  :) )

 

How to get there: 

Get a flight from Haneda to Nagasaki airport and take a bus to Omura station. Then take a JR Seaside liner and get off at JR Huis Ten Bosch station. The total travel time from Tokyo area is around 7 hours

Source: the hotel's official website

In room robot Turi (Churi) is not well known for its communication skill Source: the hotel's official website
In room robot Turi (Churi) is not well known for its communication skill Source: the hotel's official website

Robot hotel in Tokyo area

Nagasaki is not the easiest place to get from Tokyo. If you are only planning to stay in Tokyo area, the new robot hotel opens on 15th of March, 2017. [opened today! UPDATED in 2017]

 

You see the fish robots swimming in the water tank too.

 

Address: 5 Chome-3 Fujimi, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken (on the other side of Tokyo Disney Land) It is around 1 hour from Tokyo station.

 

Click below to book Henna Hotel (Robot hotel) in Maihama, Chiba ( Tokyo area)!

Not as robotic as you expect

As a precaution, we need to share some experiences about the hotel (so that you will not get disappointed):

 

There will be many human staff (of course!).

 

You may like the face recognition key to open the lock of your room (something we have not seen in other hotel).

 

The reception robots do not check in for you. You need to do the check in by yourself on a touch screen in front of the reception robot.

 

Room robots (Turi) do not know many words and can not really communicate with you well. Sometimes it speaks automatically and annoying so some people pull the plug of the robot to shut it up.

 

your bed cover/sheets will not be changed after the first night...as the hotel focused on the simplicity... some may find it not so good.

Any experience from your side?

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

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

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

 

Do you know also other unique hotels in Japan? Do you know there is a match making hot spring hotel in Japan?  Or robot hotels where 140 robots working in Japan?

 

And...when you stay at the robot hotel, please let us know how it was!! Contact us here!

 

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Unique Hostel in Tochigi: Mongolia Village Tenger

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Source: hostel's official website
Mongolia Village Tenger Source: hostel's official website

Unique Hostel in Tochigi: Mongolia Village Tenger

 

Looking for a unique place to stay in Japan? 

 

You landed on the right place to find it. We have plenty of selected info on hotels and inns in Japan such as hotels and inns with private natural hot spring bath, several love hotels etc. as we selected based on our experience.

 

This time, let us introduce not hotel, not inn but a tent! It is not even a normal tent but Mongolian traditional yurt tent. 

Looks cold in winter? No, it is actually quite warm inside the tent. 

 

Most popular thing about this hostel besides being able to experience a Mongolian life, it has the natural hot spring (inside and outside). You will be in the middle of nature taking this hot bath!

 

Please note that this is not a conventional hostel. It is something in between hostel and tent. Thus, the shortcoming is that the wash room/toilet. It is outside and not so convenient in the night time or rainy day where not too much light.

Inside the traditional Yurt tent, beautiful food and natural hot spring. Source: wikipedia

Do not forget Mongolian beer! Source: hostel's official website
Do not forget Mongolian beer and alcohols ! Source: hostel's official website

Name: Mongolia Village Tenger 

 

Book this place now!

 

Address: 1577-9 Takakuhei, Nasu, Tochigi, Japan

How to get there:

Take a bullet train to Nasushiobara 那須塩原 station from Tokyo (1.5 hours), then take Utsunomiya line to get off at Kuroiso station. Take a bus at Kuroiso 黒磯 station to get off at Yuai no Mori 友愛の森.

At the Yuai no Mori, there is a free A free shuttle bus ( must be reserved at least 3 days in advance ). 

It is a bit complicating to get there by a public transport, better rent a car to get there.

 

Good news for winter sports fan, Mount Jeans Nasu Ski Resort is a 25-minute drive away.

 

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

 

Related article:

Do you want to see more special hotel in Japan? How about Night Train Hostel in Tokyo ? or the Robot hotels in Tokyo area and Nagasaki? 

 

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

 

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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.

 

There are Maiko dance events in Kyoto like Miyako odori which are often too popular to book. 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. 

 

<< Check out the full list of major Maiko/Geiko dance events in Kyoto, how to get there, how much to pay, how to book!  >>

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. ]

 

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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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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 

 

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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

 

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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.

 

There are some inns and a temple where you can sleep over.

 

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 from Takamatsu port

You walk for 5-10 mins to get Takamatsu port from JR Takamatsu station

Address: Ogichō, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa prefecture

Boat Time table For Ogijima

Boat to Ogijima island Source: Wikipedia
Boat to Ogijima island Source: Wikipedia

Price: 510JPY per person one way

 

○Boat Time table (except for the summer season below this chart)

1st Jan-31st July, 21th Aug - 31st Dec
Takamatsu => Ogijima Ogijima => Takamatsu
Takamatsu dpt Megijima dpt Ogijima arr Ogijima dpt Megijima dpt Takamatsu arr
8:00 8:20 8:40 7:00 7:20 7:40
10:00 10:20 10:40 9:00 9:20 9:40
12:00 12:20 12:40 11:00 11:20 11:40
14:00 14:20 14:40 13:00 13:20 13:40
16:00 16:20 16:40 15:00 15:20 15:40
18:10 18:30 18:50 17:00 17:20 17:40


○Summer season time table

1st Aug-20th Aug
Takamatsu => Ogijima Ogijima => Takamatsu
Takamatsu dpt Megijima dpt Ogijima arr Ogijima dpt Megijima dpt Takamatsu arr
8:00 8:20 8:40 7:00 7:20 7:40
9:10 9:30     8:10 8:30
10:00 10:20 10:40 9:00 9:20 9:40
11:10 11:30     10:10 10:30
12:00 12:20 12:40 11:00 11:20 11:40
13:10 13:30     12:10 12:30
14:00 14:20 14:40 13:00 13:20 13:40
15:10 15:30     14:10 14:30
16:00 16:20 16:40 15:00 15:20 15:40
17:10 17:30     16:10 16:30
18:10 18:30 18:50 17:00 17:20 17:40
18:40 19:00     18:10 18:30

 

Contact: Tel: +81 87-821-7912

(Source: Shiyujima Line, as of Feb 2017 subject to change) 

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.

 

There is some shop where you can buy food and drink. But the shop is sometimes closed. Neither inn nor any restaurant to be found on this island. You better buy stuff before you get this island.

 

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

First you get to Takamatsu station, then take train to Tadotsu station (多度津駅) around 40 mins, 660JPY. Then you walk from Tadotsu station to Tadotsu port for 30 mins. From the Tadotsu port, you take a ferry to get to this island 50 mins for 780JPY per person for one way.

You can get off at either Sanagimotoura or SanagiNagasaki both are the ports of Sanagi island.

 

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

Time table for Sanagi Island

Price: 780JPY per perso for one way

 

To Tadotsu port
Manabejima SanagiNagasaki Sanagimotoura Takamijima Tadotsu port Note
  7:50 8:05 8:30 8:55  
    10:00 10:25 10:50  
14:30 14:50     ※only on Sat
  15:05 15:25 15:50 16:15  
    17:10 17:35 18:00  
From Tadotsu port
 
Tadotsu port Takamijima Sanagimotoura SanagiNagasaki Manabejima Note
6:55 7:20 7:50    
9:05 9:30 9:55      
14:00 14:25 14:50 15:05    
    14:50 15:10 ※only on Sat
16:20 16:45 17:10      

Contact: Tel: +81 877-32-2528

(Source: Sanyo Line, as of Feb 2017 subject to change)

5. Okishima island( 沖島), Shiga

Okishima, the island of Biwa lake Source: wikipedia

Only one island with resident which lies on the lake in Japan. As the key industry is fishery cats live there. There are some cafes and a post office with ATM on the island!

 

It is not full of cats as other islands above but it is close to Kyoto/Osaka thus easy to access if you rent a car. But if you take a public transport, because the bus to the port and the boat to the island are not often you need one day to visit to and come back from this island.

 

Basic info

Name: Okishima 

 

Access: by boat

First you get to OmiHachiman JR station (近江八幡駅) which is so easy to get from Osaka or Kyoto, then take bus to Horikiri port(堀切港) from which you take a boat to Okishima (10-15mins for 500JPY per person for one way). Boat only departs every one - two hour. 

 

NOTE: The port has nothing but some vending machine. There is no toilet at the port. Buy stuff and go to toilet before you take bus!

If you rent a car to get the port, parking space is quite limited (most of the parking lots are for the residents of island). There is one in front of souvenir shop at the port (500JPY for one day car park).

 

Address: Okishimacho, Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture

 

You find the info all about Shiga on Shiga prefecture website.

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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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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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

 

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ホーチミン(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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ホーチミン(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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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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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。

 

<<ベトナム  東南アジア進出なら弊社にお任せ下さい。市場調査、不動産紹介から法人登記、事業開発支援まで行っております。 >>

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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ベトナム料理は大好きです。 All rights reserved by Onegai Kaeru 2016

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!

 

 

<<ベトナム  東南アジア進出なら弊社にお任せ下さい。市場調査、不動産紹介から法人登記、事業開発支援まで行っております。 >>

 

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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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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Source: JAF official page, Wikipedia

 

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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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Already went to cat cafes in Japan? Then here is the list of Owl Cafes in Japan for you!

 

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!

 

Source: each Sushi restaurant/school websites

 

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Owl Cafe List in Japan and How to get there (updated 2017)

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Owl Cafe List in Japan and How to get there (updated 2017)

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?

No cobra as of 2017 yet...  Source: wikipedia
No cobra as of 2017 yet... Source: wikipedia

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

 

Like the idea of snake cafe? Find the complete list of snake/reptile cafes in Japan here.

 

If you have chance to be in Japan, you can visit owl cafe, snake cafe, a cat cafe, or cat office 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 2017)

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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!

 

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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Source: Nintendo, Pokemon official website
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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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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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!

 

 

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, 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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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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