11 day Japan itinerary

Day 0 – travel day, arrive Tokyo Narita airport, redeem JR Pass and take Shinkansen to Kyoto for 5 night stay at Westin Miyako Hotel (the best customer service I’ve ever experienced was at this hotel). Day 1 – Cycle Kyoto 30km full city tour. Great way to get familiar with Kyoto and all the […]

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Tea culture in Japan

Tea is a way of life in Japan. Restaurants serve complimentary hot tea the way ice water is provided in US restaurants. Green tea is the most common, but I did experience hot barley tea a couple times. During a tour of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, we stopped by a tea shop and learned […]

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Credit cards in Japan? Nope

Traveling throughout North America and Europe, just about everywhere you go, credit cards seem to be accepted. What I recently experienced in Japan was quite different. As high tech as Japan may be with high speed trains, futuristic toilets and taxis with auto open doors, they can be quite behind others with credit card usability. […]

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