1. JTF_Chris

    Sushi you can't get anywhere else?

    What's your favorite sushi that you can get in Japan that you just can't find where you live? I'm talking about proper sushi, not the deep-fried sauce-dripping monstrosities that USian sushi places have concocted. My top 10 list: Ankimo - Monkfish liver. Iwashi - Sardines. really any...
  2. JTF_Chris

    The Japan Trip Planning Process

    OK. So, I've been absent from the site and it shows, but hey. I'm going back to Japan in late November 2019!! So I'm going to let you guys in on the entire process from how I figure out when/where/etc. Starting with: Plane Tickets: Look, this is (probably) the single biggest expense of a...
  3. JTF_Chris

    LAX-TYO down to ~US$450

    Not sure how long this will last, but select flights to Tokyo from LAX from roughly Jan-May and from Sep-Oct 2019 are running bout $450 depending on the day. Of course you have to get to LAX, and if you're checking bags you would have to do the whole leaving/re-enter security and checking...
  4. JTF_Chris

    Vintage Tokyo Subway Station re-opened for limited time.

    Read More here: https://soranews24.com/2018/11/16/abandoned-subway-station-in-tokyo-open-to-the-public-for-a-limited-time/
  5. JTF_Chris


    I know I post a lot of stuff linking back to JT, but for some reason they're always up front on my radar. Anyway, here's an awesome article abut the Kyushu Area, and Sengan-en in particular. One of these days I'll get to that part of the country...
  6. JTF_Chris

    Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism'

    https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-gov%27t-launches-1st-survey-on-overtourism This is an interesting and inevitable problem, especially in a place that is so "dense" as Japan. I don't know that there is much you can do. Look at Sensoji. There are residences and commuters every...
  7. JTF_Chris

    FOOD Watch these street food vendors in action

    ...as they bust out a whole mess of okonomiyaki. The only (true) way to get okonomiyaki is like this, too, btw.
  8. JTF_Chris

    Sushi Restaurant Etiquette (not)

    in case it isn't clear, this is satire. Don't do these things.
  9. JTF_Chris

    Brunch at 7-11 in Japan!

    I can attest to the awesomeness of Japan's 7-11 stores. Just don't win a flipping BUDWEISER like I did with their silly pull-the-ticket-out-the-box game. I'm like "SUGOOOOOIII BUDDOWAIZAAAA!" and I left it for my minpaku host.
  10. JTF_Chris

    Deep Osaka (video)

  11. JTF_Chris

    Okayama Prefecture appeals for more tourists and volunteers to visit with dance video

    via (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/17/national/okayama-prefecture-appeals-tourists-volunteers-visit-dance-video/)
  12. JTF_Chris

    Saying “This isn’t My Home”, Chinese Tourists Leave Japanese Airbnb in Gross Mess

    OMG. Don't ever do this. This is part of the reason that the laws and general sentiment towards the "minpaku" or "airbnb" industry in Japan is what it is right now. If you're going to be an insensitive, irresponsible, inconsiderate 10 year old, stay home and do it...
  13. Steve E

    Q&A Anyone been to Nikko?

    Has anyone been to Nikko? I'm trying to put together a trip and want to know some details. How do you get there, is it worth the trek, what's actually there - you know. anyone have any info they want to share?
  14. JTF_Chris

    History of Japan in 9 minutes

    Here's a useful primer and review of Japanese history. This never gets old. Seriously though you should know these things before you head out.
  15. JTF_Chris

    Osaka tourism hit by typhoon

    Article on JapanTroday.... https://japantoday.com/category/national/Osaka%27s-tourism-industry-hit-hard-by-typhoon? Anyone planning a trip to Osaka in the next couple of months needs to be aware of the situation and either make plans to deal with the issues or reschedule. Then there was...
  16. JTF_Chris

    Japanese Food to Know Before you Go

    Here's a great primer on all the different kinds of Japanese food you're likely to encounter. I am now hungry. Ima skip the omurice tho. Absent from the list is Horumon. Which isn't all that bad if you don't think about it too much. Yes its pretty simplistic and doesn't dive too deep, but...
  17. M

    Q&A Rental Wifi Options?

    What do you recommend for getting connected via wifi while I'm in Japan. I see a whole lot of options but I don't know what will work and won't, where, etc. Can I just use my US phone or do I need something else? Thanks.
  18. JTF_Chris

    Pizza vending machine in Hiroshima

    I really really really hate the "ZOMG VENDING MACHINE" type of nonsense that goes on wrt Japan. Yes there are vending machines everywhere. Not all of them have panties and bread and now, pizza, in them.... But whatever. Like the video shows you can get hot pizza at 5:30 am...
  19. JTF_Chris

    TRIP My July 2009 Trip

    So I guess I should start at the beginning. In 2009 I was sitting around, messing around with learning Japanese again. And the thought occurred to me. Hey, maybe I should just, you know, ACTUALLY GO THERE. I was in my thirties, making some money, and I realized, "what was stopping me?"...
  20. JTF_Chris

    LIVE TV from Japan

    I came across this live stream on YouTube the other day. nice to finally have a native news station in decent quality (no crappy Keyhole junk). Hopefully this works. If it stops (the URL may change) or becomes unavailable please let me know or post in this thread. EDIT: OK so they won't...