Do you want to return from your trip to Japan completely refreshed? Why not end your holiday with a day or 2 of these relaxing activities?
Super Solo Culture in Japan
Recently, cities in Japan have become much more solo-customer-friendly. The so-called 'super solo culture' has taken off and will probably only grow larger. What gave rise to this culture, and where can you go to experience it?
Maglev Super Fast New Train in Japan
Maglev is a super fast train that uses magnetic levitation. Japan is currently building a maglev train that will run up to 500 km/h. See where you can already experience this train in action.
The 100 Yen Shop in Japan
The 100 yen shop (dollar store) is very popular in Japan. It is a convenient shop because you can find almost anything you are looking for, including great affordable souvenirs for foreign tourists. Let's find out what they sell!
Golden Week Holiday in Japan
Between late April and the beginning of May, there are four national holidays. We call this period Golden Week. Let's find out how the Japanese like to spend this period and how you should travel to avoid the crowds.
Real Estate Trends in Japan
Our tour customers regularly ask the guides about the real estate market in Japan. Let us give you an overview of the housing market in Japan and likely trends in the near future.
Typical Housing in Japan : Japanese Homes
While you will mainly see single-family homes in the more remote suburbs and in the countryside in Japan, in more central city areas the majority of people will live in apartments that are often not much larger than 60m2, or even smaller.
The Start of Working Life in Japan
Finding your first full-time job is never easy, and even less so in Japan. How do university students find their first jobs? And what happens once you are in?
New Year’s Day in Japan
Just like in other countries, Japan has its own way to ring in the new year and its own traditions on the first few days of January. Let us give you some travel tips for Japan in the first week of January!
December Festivities in Japan
Learn more about Japan's traditions surrounding the end of the year, and find out how to have a good NYE in Tokyo!
The Daily Life of Office Workers in Japan
Have you always wanted to know what a day in the life of a Japanese salaryman or office lady looks like? Read this first-hand account from a former salaryman from Japan.
Life in a Japanese Company
Lifetime employment, seniority-based pay, and the lack of a strong labor union give Japan's offices a distinct culture. How did these systems originate, and is it time for a change in Japan's traditional-style companies?
Minimalism in Japan
Minimalism has been linked with Japanese culture for a long time, and it goes back to even before Zen Buddhism emerged in Japan which made minimalism here to stay. Learn more about minimalism's history, and how minimalism is alive today in Japan.
Earthquake Safety in Japan
How is earthquake damage mitigated in Japan, and what can you do yourself to stay as safe as possible in the rare event of a large earthquake?
School Life in Japan (16-22 years)
Being a high school student in Japan is not much about fun and very much about studying until you drop. But once you pass that dreaded entrance exam for university, your life will drastically improve.
School Life in Japan (0-15 years)
What does daily life in school look like for kids in Japan? Learn more about the educational system in Japan for kids aged 0-15.
Vending Machines in Japan
What's the deal with all those vending machines in Japan? And what can you buy from them? Learn more about the history and raison d'etre of these convenient parts of daily life in Japan.
Industry in Japan
After WW2 ended, Japan's economy grew very fast. It was its industry that carried a large part of this growth. What type of industry did Japan become famous for?
Tsunami and Typhoons in Japan
If you have followed the news a bit over the last few years, you probably already know that Japan is quite prone to certain natural disasters. Learn more about the rare tsunami and more common typhoons.
Gambling in Japan
Although gambling is officially illegal in Japan, there are still ways to enjoy a wager. How do Japanese people enjoy a gamble, and how does that work with the law?
Pachinko is a pinball-like game that is one of the few legal forms of gambling in Japan. How does the game work? And is it easy to play it as a foreigner?
Japan ‘s Super Ageing Society
Japan's population is decreasing, bringing economical problems with it. What is going on, and what is Japan planning to do to remedy this?
High Tech Toilets in Japan
Toilets in Japan are some of the most advanced in the world. What are the newest functionalities? And what on earth is going on with those sound buttons in public toilets?
Surgical Masks in Japan
Why have Japanese people been wearing masks even before Covid-19 hit? Besides protecting yourself and others from viruses, there are interesting other reasons as well.
The Japanese Economy
It is no secret that Japan's economy has been in a slump for the last 30 years. Ever since the Japanese stock market crashed in 1989, Japan hasn't been able to get back to pre-crash levels until very recently.
Secret of High Economic Growth in Japan
The Japanese economy was booming in the mid-20th century. What were Japan's opportunities that caused this economic boom?
Salary and Taxes in Japan
Because the Japanese government has a large budget deficit, the tax burden is quite high in Japan. What is the average salary, and how much do Japanese workers have to pay in taxes and premiums?
Energy Generation in Japan
Japan has historically relied heavily on nuclear energy generation until the 2011 disaster has shown the need for alternative power sources. Is renewable energy on Japan's agenda? And what other resources are (still) used?
Coming of Age in Japan | Japanese Culture Guide
You can do a lot of things once you become an adult, so many young people look forward to this event. In Japan, it is no different, and there is even a special day for new adults. Read more about what it means to turn of legal age in Japan.
5 Most Surprising Things in Japan
When someone comes to Japan for the first time, the contrast or the great cultural differences that exist between Japan and their own culture creates many surprising moments!