Japan Travel Guide

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Why the Tokyo Skytree is Totally Worth the $20 Ticket

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Listen in, because we have the scoop on Tokyo's newest tourist attraction. Tokyo Skytree may already be two years old but, in the grand scheme of things for Tokyo, it's still the hottest attraction for both locals and tourists to enjoy a birds-eye view of the planet's largest capital.

This addition to the expansive skyline serves a purpose higher than being a popular selfie spot; it's also a broadcast tower and the holder of the title of "World's Tallest Tower." Located on the east side of the Sumida River in a neighborhood that went by the name of Musashi, the Skytree revived the district and is now drawing tourists to discover beyond the usual centers of Harajuku and Ginza.

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Even More In-Flight Ice Cream from Japan Airlines

Where: Japan
August 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we might have screamed for ice cream a little too soon, because we just found another airline serving up the frozen goodness in the sky. Add Japan Airlines to the list of carriers taking their in-flight ice cream pretty seriously.

We already told you about the yummy main meal on Japan Airlines, so it makes sense to highlight the a la carte Dean & Deluca Madagascar vanilla cup offered as a midnight snack on our long flight over the Pacific between Tokyo and Chicago.

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Top 10 Tips for a First-Time Visit to Tokyo

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tokyo consistently tops the lists of "must-visit" metropoli for tourism, and the first-time visit is one you're not likely to forget.

It just so happens that this Jaunted contributor recently had the experience of landing in Tokyo for the first time, and learning all the little bits of etiquette and excellence which makes Tokyo so desirable and so influential for travelers. Coming off this beginner's journey, here are our top 10 tips for first-timers to Tokyo:

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: The Kobachi Bowls of JAL

Where: Japan
August 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

We offer this recommendation: On your next international flight, sample the traditional menu of the nation you're flying to or from since it's not only a great way to get a feel for the cuisine, but to spark excitement or fond memories of the trip. After a Japan Airlines flight from Narita to Chicago, our recommendation comes even stronger.

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Traveling to Tokyo? Try the Donuts.

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

From crullers and jam-filled, to cake and long johns, there's little doubt that Japan has a bit of a crush on donuts.

If donuts are your 'thing', then a quick stop to Mister Donut should be on your itinerary. This bakery chain actually hails from our own shores, but has practically become a cult icon in Japan. If you're unfamiliar with the brand, know that it's similar to a Dunkin Donuts, but one step up. Basically, after you grab a tray and tongs, you choose from any number of glazed, sugared or iced donuts and pay at the counters. Don't forget a a coffee!

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Believe It or Not, There is a Japanese SIM Card Rental with Unlimited Data

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Confession: we're extremely heavy users of data on our smartphones, since those phones connect us to social media, work, maps, and pretty much everything else while on foreign soil. We're not ones to "power down" on a trip, unless the destination is completely off the grid. Thus, one of our largest concerns is being smacked with a ridiculously large international data roaming bill upon return home.

To prevent against big bills, we search for SIM card packages offering unlimited data usage, and recently had a great experience with one in Japan, a country with such advanced cell phone technology that it can be challenging to use anything but the latest handset. And, unfortunately, Japan doesn't make it easy for foreigners to purchase a SIM card; one must be rented.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Japan Airlines' Basket of Goodies

Where: Japan
August 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Since we're usually greeted by a clever little pouch of airline branded goodies on long-haul flights in business class, you can probably understand our surprise when, on a recent Japan Airlines flight, the flight attendant didn't deliver a kit but rather walked through the cabin with a basket of selections.

Shortly after take-off, cabin crew arrived with this variety of pre-packaged toothbrushes, eye-masks, hydration masks, earplugs and a refreshing eye towel. We decided to grab one of each for the long flight from Tokyo-Narita to Chicago-O'Hare.

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How to Hop the Nozomi Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

August 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Train travel can bring a very different perspective compared to flying, and when it’s the high-speed variety in a country as intriguing as Japan, it’s definitely not just about getting from A to B. We recently took this gleaming white Shinkansen between the capital Tokyo and former imperial capital Kyoto, a two and a half hour journey that zipped by at 190 mph (300 km/h).

Seen here at Tokyo Station, the passengers queueing so neatly is no coincidence. The lanes you see on the platform indicate exactly where you are meant to stand for which door, but somehow we believe in unfailingly organized and polite Japan things wouldn't turn into a stampede even without them.

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Skymark Airlines Says 'Sayonara' to Superjumbo Hopes and Dreams

Where: Japan
August 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t talk too much about Skymark Airlines, but you may recognize the name—or at least the look of the airline—from recent news that they'd be outfitting their flight attendants in miniskirts. This week’s news has nothing to do with the carrier’s up in the air uniforms, but it has everything to do with their plans for some planes.

The airline was all hot and heavy over an order for a few new airplanes from the folks over at Airbus, and these included some of those super jumbo jets known as the A380. Well it looks like the Skymark checking account is a little short, and now Skymark Airlines is taking back their promise to order these Airbus A380s, which may mean their facing a penalty from the airplane manufacturer.

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Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Old Business Class on a Japan Airlines 767

Where: Osaka, Japan
August 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the overnight leg on an old angled lie-flat Finnair seat showed us how far business class seats have come, our recent flight on a Japan Airlines Boeing 767 between Osaka-Kansai (KIX) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) almost took us back to a different era, with the above, ageing, manually-controlled cradle-style seats still going strong.

Almost literally coming apart (torn fabric, wobbly armrests), the likelihood you’ll find this seat on your flight is luckily decreasing, having serviced regional routes in Asia, as well as the crazy busy Honolulu to Tokyo return for a long time (in fact, the in-flight entertainment still had destination features on Hawaii on it). Japan Airlines is phasing in its new 787 Dreamliner, as well as upgrading 767s with “Sky Suites”, fully-flat, all-aisle access seats – check them out below.

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Japan Airlines Gets Onboard with Gogo In-Flight WiFi

Where: Japan
July 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Japan is in the process of providing free Wifi for travelers all across the country, and today one of the country's airlines has launched connectivity at 35,000 feet.

Three of Japan Airlines' 777-200 SKY NEXT aircraft now feature Gogo in-flight internet. It is the first commercial airline outside of North America to offer Wifi from Gogo.

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Japan Just Opened a Wizarding World of Harry Potter of Their Very Own

Where: Osaka, Japan
July 21, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

While the world is still buzzing from last month's debut of the new Diagon Alley park at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Japan is celebrating their own piece of the pie.

On July 15, 2014, Universal Studios Japan opened their own version of the original Harry Potter park, Hogsmeade, which first swung open its doors in 2010 in Orlando.

All told, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter cost Universal Studios Japan ¥45 billion ($442.2 million) to construct, but they're hoping it'll rake in ¥5.6 trillion ($55 billion) over the next 10 years.

Universal Studios Japan debuted in 2001 and quickly became the second most visited amusement park in Japan, after Tokyo Disneyland. This Hogsmeade addition may be missing one or two things (like the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster) from the Orlando park, but it makes up for the edits with a few new additions (and the park's "Jaws" area is still intact!).

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