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A  November 11, 2015

Nagano: Worth getting a JR East Pass?

Price-wise, this is very easy to figure out using  (prices converted to USD at today's rate): NRT --> Tokyo via NEX: 3,190 JPY ($26) Tokyo (Shinagawa) --> Nagano: 10,050 JPY ($82) Nagano --> NRT: 10,580 JPY ($84) total: 23,820 JPY ($192)... See More

A  July 20, 2015

Tokyo: Cool and unusual budget hotels to sleep in Tokyo?

Definitely concur with Jenna, the Granbell is great-- cool rooms, especially on the annex side, affordable for Tokyo, amazing location right by Shibuya station, great staff. The secret is out, though; the first time I stayed there, in 2008, you could get a room a week or... See More

A  April 07, 2015

Japan: Where can we find good fitness centres in Japan?

I can't speak to other cities, but many of the wards in Tokyo have gyms run by the city government- they're super clean and cheap, and some have pools.  Shibuya-ku: Toshima-ku: See More

A  November 25, 2014

Tokyo: Layover in Tokyo. What is the first thing I should do?

Just so happens I wrote an answer to this question for a friend a while back, so I'll just repost it here. Forgive the length, probably more than you were asking for. For a great intro to Tokyo, I'd suggest taking the JR Narita Express (N'EX) to Shibuya. It'll... See More

A  October 20, 2014

Tokyo: Should I take yen to Tokyo or is it easy to get good exchange rates?

I travel to Tokyo quite a bit, and I've found that bringing yen is totally unnecessary, and you won't get nearly as good an exchange rate buying yen at home, either (at least not in the US, maybe different in Portugal). When you arrive (assuming at Narita), there... See More

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