Best Time to Visit Japan Including Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo

Best Time to Visit Japan Including Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo

One of the first questions most people ask when planning a trip to Japan is when is the best time to visit?  There is no simple answer as it depends on your particular interests.  Also, many people are constrained to visit at specific times such as school holiday periods which limits your options, or depends … Read more

Featured Photos: Autumn Views in Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

On our recent Autumn trip to Japan a great day out which I planned and the weather helped to come to fruition was to ascend the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which links the Nagano prefecture with Toyama. While you can traverse the full length, we decided to make a base in Shinano Omachi and then … Read more

How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2020

When we were planning our recent trip to Japan we decided early that we were keen to see a sumo wrestling tournament in Tokyo during our visit as a different way to experience the Japanese culture – and it certainly was a great experience which I would definitely recommend to other visitors to Japan! You … Read more

Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan for Tourists in 2020

Best Online Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan for Tourists

A popular option for many tourists is to rent a Japan pocket wifi or wifi egg, this enables you to have ready access to data and the internet when you are travelling, without the hassle of trying to find free wifi, As you should be aware free wifi anywhere can often have dubious security, plus … Read more

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales 2019 – Japan Travel Planning

Pretraveller Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals

Hi everyone, here are some great deals for the upcoming Black Friday sales on 29 November 2019 and Cyber Monday sales on 2 December 2019 to help you book your trip to Japan (and many other travel destinations!).  As new deals become available we will add them to this article Sign up to our newsletter below … Read more

How to Buy Universal Studios Japan Tickets and Express Passes in 2020

How to Buy Universal Studios Japan Tickets and Express Passes

We were poorly organised when we visited Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.  While I had done a lot of research on most of our planned destinations for some reason I did not spend much time on USJ – and we paid the price.  We did not buy our tickets in advance, we did not know … Read more

Best Hotels Near Universal Studios Osaka

Hotels Near Universal Studios Japan USJ in Osaka - featured

Visiting Universal Studios Japan can be a massive day out, and as a result it makes a lot of sense to book accommodation which is close by so that you can get best value out of your day.  On our recent visit to USJ, we chose to stay at the Hotel Keihan Universal Tower which … Read more

Heading to Japan? Want to Buy the Cheapest Japan Rail JR Pass? Read This.

How to Buy the Cheapest Japan Rail JR Pass

When you start planning your trip to Japan a key question for most travellers is whether you need to buy a Japan Rail JR Pass and what is the cheapest option.  If you search in Google for Japan Rail Passes you are immediately inundated with many websites advertising themselves as the best place to buy … Read more

How to Buy Tokyo Baseball Tickets Including Yomiuri Giants Tickets in 2020

How to Buy Tokyo Baseball Tickets including Yomiuri Giants

Baseball is the most popular amateur and professional sport in Japan and we can confirm that Japanese baseball games are an amazing experience!  After hearing about the Japanese love of baseball, we definitely wanted to attend a baseball game during our family trip to Japan.  We ended up attending a sold-out match between the Yomiuri … Read more

Best Travel Bag and Luggage for Your Japan Trip

Best Travel Bags and Luggage for Your Japan Trip

A good general principle when considering your travel bag and luggage for Japan and Tokyo is to pack as light as you can manage. Most visitors to Japan will utilise public transport during their visit, which requires lots of walking, climbing steps and getting around. The Japan and Tokyo public transport system can get quite … Read more