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Noboribetsu Onsen Excursion - And a Natural Hot Spring Footbath!

Noboribetsu / Lake Toya Rivers, Lakes & Canyons

Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido is well known for its 9 different types of hot springs. There are lots of sights to see centered around these hot springs. Jigokudani (literally, "Hell Valley"), for example, exude both gases and hot water, and Oyunuma, a super high-temperature spring, accumulates sulfur. In order to see these springs for ourselves, I decided to take a guided tour. It even ended in a natural footbath! This was truly the best tour I've ever experienced! *Taisho Jigoku and Oyunuma River Natural Footbath will be closed off from Nov 6, 2016. (You can walk up to Oyunuma). Date of reopening not yet decided. (As of May, 2018)

4 Spots That Will Make You Fall in Love With Sapporo's Winter Ice Cream Culture

Sapporo / Chitose Other Cafes and Sweets

Japan has a unique culture of eating ice cream in winter. Some of you must wonder, “why eat ice cream when it’s cold?” Well in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, winter is extremely cold. But for that reason insulation in buildings is excellent, and it’s quite comfortable indoors. Which leads to the urge to eat ice cream. Here are four popular ice cream shops in Sapporo, where you can experience the “winter ice cream” culture of Hokkaido.

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)


Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

Where to Get Wi-Fi at Kansai International Airport: List of Nearby Wi-Fi Rental Facilities

Kansai Airport Wi-Fi Rental Shops

Kansai International Airport can truly be called the gateway for travelers to the Kansai area. The first thing you'll want to do upon arriving is secure Wi-Fi access. With rental Wi-Fi, you'll be able to enjoy sightseeing Japan stress-free, no matter what your destination. Rental fees are set at a per-day rate, so you can borrow Wi-Fi for only as many days as you need it. This article will list Wi-Fi rental services within Kansai International Airport.

Tokyo Trouble: What to Do When You Miss the Last Train


Missing the shūden, as the last day of the train is affectionately called, is a common occurrence among Tokyoites, especially if you’re out and having a good time with friends and family. Other cosmopolitans may be used to public transport running all night, but in Tokyo, buses and trains stop running during the night until the early hours of morning. When this last train runs depends on the line but usually, it is around midnight – easy to miss if you forget the time over a couple of drinks and an engaging conversation. Suddenly, you find yourself stranded and wonder what to do. Of course, a taxi is always an option, but taxis are notoriously expensive in Tokyo and especially if you’re far from home, the expenses might be too much to handle. Thankfully, Tokyo offers a lot of fun and affordable options to spend a night should you miss the last train!

15 Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Tokyo for the First Time

Other Sightseeing

Culture shock is common for first-time visitors to Tokyo. A lot of tourists can fall into the trap of assuming that Tokyo is just like any other city in the world, but Japan is a unique country with its own distinct customs, culture and etiquette. When in Tokyo, do as the Tokyoites do. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when visiting for the first time. Main image credit: rene_salta / Shutterstock.com

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