Category Archives: Travel Tips

2017 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even busy period.

(C) Calendar* / DafneCholet
(C) Calendar* / DafneCholet

Many readers have asked me about busy period to travel. I wrote about the calendar of the peak period in 2016 season. Now I would like to tell you about 2017. And also I would like to give you some tips when you travel in the peas season. Continue reading

Reserved seat VS Non reserved seat. How to get a seat on non reserved car?

Common ordinary car interior (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Common ordinary car interior (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Most of trains in Japan have reserved seat and non reserved seat in ordinary cars. But some of you do not understand the difference between reserved seat and non reserved seat. And you may worry that all seats are full if you use non reserved seat.

In this post, I will explain you difference between reserved seat and non reserved seat. You will find pros and cons of both reserved and non reserved seat. Continue reading

Let’s take the train! Easily accessible places to see fall foliage!

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Fall season is round the corner. There are huge number of the spots to see fall foliage in Japan. But many of them are not accessible for overseas tourist. In this post, I would like to show you easy access spot to see fall foliage in Japan by regions. You can get the places to see fall foliage by train only. All places are located within walking distance from the station. You do not need to take a local bus. You do not need to drive! The route is very simple and you can enjoy gorgeous view by easy access! Continue reading

Signage and announcement in the station and train

Signage at Nishikujo station platform. Most of signage are shown in Japanese and English.
Signage at Nishikujo station platform. Most of signage are shown in Japanese and English.

Some of you are very nervous of language barrier. But in 2014, more than 13 million tourists have visited Japan. I believe 99% of tourists did not understand Japanese. But most of tourist have completed their travel without a huge issue. It is not very hard to make a trip to Japan without speaking Japanese. I think the signage and the announcement in both station and train help travellers and take them to the right direction.

In this post, I would like to show you the signage in the station and train. I hope this post will relief your pain. Continue reading

Managing luggage. How to carry your baggage on board and how to store your baggage at the station.

No worry about airport access trains. But most of trains do not have this space. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
No worry about airport access trains. But most of trains do not have this space. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

I have received the question about luggage very often. I understand that you worry about the luggage when you travel by trains. However I do not have any experience about managing a big luggage, such as hard shell suitcase, large backpack, on board. Because I am from Japan. I have my family member and many friends there. I am a domestic traveller with a small bag.

When I was thinking about this issue, one of my frequent reader, Mr. Jonathan Ayre offered me to share his experience and sent me very detailed information. As probably you know, since he has been to Japan many times and has been to most of places in Japan, he is very knowledgeable.

I would like to share this information with you. And I would like to thank you, Jonathan for your effort. Continue reading

Get a connection by WiMAX. Nationwide internet access in Japan

I always write about travelling in Japan by trains. But I will talk about a different topics this time.

When you travel outside of your country, how do you get internet connection? Late days some of you care about internet connection more than cell phone connection. Yes, I am! No connection, No life for me. 🙂

Whenever I’m in Japan, internet connection is the biggest issue for me. I got a connection when I stayed in my parents home or stayed in hotel. But how do we get it when we are travelling? There are many coffee shops, like Starbucks, in Japan. They have a WIFI spot. But these WIFI spots are not for everyone. In north America, anyone can get a connection very easily at coffee shop. But it is different system in Japan. Only customers who have an account with major cellular companies in Japan or registered at major portal site, like Yahoo Japan, can access this WIFI spot. So basically this service is just for domestic customers. Continue reading