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5 Days A Hitchhiker: An Abridged Tour of Japan

The thought of hitchhiking as a form of travel sounds crazy; the implementation of actually doing it in Japan sounds impossible. Well, here's to the crazy ones who want to hitchhike in Japan. In short, I hitchhiked from the east to the west...

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Capsule hotels in Japan: A brief video tour

In this video, you get a quick tour of the general dorm facilities at a capsule hotel in Japan. Obviously, I left out stuff like the shared baths and the lobby/common area, since that would involve either a) being arrested or b) shooting v...


JapanaTour: Sayonara!

Well folks, this is it! It's been a great six months writing about the most fascinating place I've had the pleasure of visiting, and hopefully you'll benefit from what I had to say when you make your own pilgrimages over there. Don't ever b...


JapanaTour: Kyoto

Ever wondered what it would be like to cut Tokyo in half, then stick it together the wrong way around? That's what Kyoto is. Probably.  Welcome back to JapanaTour, where we'll be looking at Kyoto as our very last location. Don't worry,...


JapanaTour: Arcades

I used to go to arcades once. Then she left me.  ... I had to get around to this eventually, didn't I? There's a lot to say and a lot to love about Japanese arcades, and you'll no doubt spend a good amount of time rooting around them i...


JapanaTour: Otaku Tourist part two

I love the smell of retcon in the afternoon.  I've opted to use 'tourist' instead of 'pilgrimage' from now on, mainly because not all of the places I feel I should talk about really count as an otaku pilgrimage. Not that it really matt...


JapanaTour: Wonder Festival

Today's episode of JapanaTour is all about the wander festival, where thousands of people gather in a large field to walk about aimlessly.  Actually, I lied, as that's next weeks instalment. This week will be all about Wonder Festival ...


JapanaTour: Shibuya

Today's episode of JapanaTour is all about the electric spectacle that is famous for it's fashion, music and stormtroopers.  When Japan is mentioned, a lot of people automatically assume that the entire country is a busy metropolis wit...


JapanaTour: Odaiba

Today's episode of JapanaTour is brought to you by the letter φ.  I'm not sure if you are aware, but Sega is a pretty big deal in Japan. Sega owned arcades are fairly commonplace in Tokyo, so there's no surprise that they have...


JapanaTour: Otaku Tourist part one

JapanaTour: now running on Valve time.  I'll admit, I'm nearing the end of places I can write about. Having only visited the country on holidays, my time there has been rather limited, so I figure it's high time I focus on some of the ...


JapanaTour: Sendai

THIS. IS. JAPANATOUR! Apologies for the two weeks of no-show, I had a really silly deadline at University I had to make amongst other things. But never mind that, as this week we'll be heading to lands once trodden by the One-Eyed Dragon hi...


JapanaTour: Akihabara part two

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are created by mashing my fingers on a keyboard until something half legible appears. Raising the bar, folks!  It's time for a second trip into the otaku wonderland known as Akiha...


JapanaTour: Osaka

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that should never be made wet, exposed to sunlight or fed after midnight.  Continuing from last week, we will be staying out of Tokyo to take a look at Osaka. Wait, Osaka? Honmaya! Lik...


JapanaTour: Hiroshima

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that are written in my spare time, between watching Pokémon, Godzilla and Ghibli films.  The next few JapanaTour articles are going to feature places outside of Tokyo, where the...


JapanaTour: The Suica and the Shinkansen

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that appear every Thursday. Today, we're breaking the rules and putting this out on Friday. No one can stop me now! It's time for a short break from awesome Japanese locations, so I'm going...


JapanaTour: Fuji-Q Highland

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that explores every nook and cranny that the Japanator site has to offer. This week, we talk about the front page! Back to sensible! If you're considering visiting a theme park in Japan, th...


JapanaTour: Akihabara part one

Welcome back to JapanaTour, the series of articles that makes me spend more time thinking of a witty opening line than actually writing meaningful words! This week, it seems I have the daunting task of describing Akihabara, the place I imag...


JapanaTour: Ghibli Museum

Welcome to JapanaTour, the series of articles that makes you painfully aware of the sorry state your bank account is in. Or is that just me? Today we're heading for Inokashira Park in Mitaka to visit the one and only Ghibli Museum. If you d...


JapanaTour: Namja Town

Welcome back to the JapanaTour, the series where we make you want to spend lots of your precious pennies. For the greater good!  We're heading for Ikebukuro this week, a place that some of you guys may be aware of due to the fabled Oto...


JapanaTour: Shinjuku

Apologies for there being no JapanaTour last week, I was unfortunately stuck in hospital. I'm fighting fit now though, so we'll take our third glance at glourious Nippon! This time we'll be having our first look at the Shinjuku, a bustling ...


JapanaTour: Nakano Broadway

It's Thursday and it's midnight over here. That can only mean that it's time to go on a JapanaTour! This time I'll be talking about Nakano Broadway, a place that I could safely describe as a smaller Akihabara. Even better if it is a rainy d...


JapanaTour: Comiket

Welcome to the first edition of a new segment us folks like to call JapanaTour, a glance at some of the awesome places and events Japan has to offer. The authors of these articles will be people who have actually visited the place at hand, ...


Arashi makes textbook debut

That's right, Arashi are breaking into school textbooks all over Japan. The group recently volunteered to be featured in the book "Nippon no Arashi," which arrived in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools all ...


Everybody was kung-fu (er, karate) fighting!

Ever thought (or even believed) the stereotype that all people in Asian countries know some form of martial arts? Well, it might become true shortly. Figures were released this week by twenty-five railway companies in Japan, showing that th...


Japan Man Journal - Day 3

Hey guys!Quick update after my first few days in the land of weeaboo fun.Check out the pictures and video after the jump~ 


Japan Man Journal - Day 0

Hey everybody!Guess who's headed to Japan?! ME!I will be spending the next 32 days in the land of the rising Haruhi discovering all of the hidden treasure troves that this small pacific island has to offer.Every few days I'll be giving vide...


Man constructs CG recreation of Hiroshima before the bomb

Sixty-four years ago yesterday the city of Hiroshima in western Japan was destroyed in the first-ever wartime use of a nuclear weapon. Delivered by the U.S. Air Force bomber Enola Gay, the 15-kiloton bomb's explosion flattened everything ...


The Kuroshio Aquarium reminds me why I need to visit Okinawa

When I was living in Japan, I had the option of either going to Tokyo for spring break or hopping on a boat and taking a 28-hour trip down to Okinawa with a group of friends. Well, since this was my first time in Japan, I decided to see the...


Commuters beware: Trains HAET electronic devices

Japan, as you may know, is full to the brim with trains. Train games, bullet trains, all the way up to train men, Japan has trains in the brain.But you have a lot to worry about when it comes to riding in trains. Besides pickpockets, miss...


Fly to Japan for $39? That can't be right...

A trip to the motherland right now is out of the question for many. The US economy is sh*t, so dropping $2000+ for a week's vacation in the Land of the Rising Sun seems like something that will have to wait for better times.Now, if you were...


The new Tokyo Tower gets name fit for an RPG

For those of you out of the loop, there is a new Tokyo Tower headed for Tokyo, which should be completed Spring of 2012. The original Tokyo Tower was only a measly 333 meters tall, however this new one will be almost double it at 610 meters...


Japanese ramen takes direct steps to fatten New Yorkers

While many may not take note, a patch of 260 square meters in Manhattan's East Village was recently sold to an over seas company. The purchaser was none other than the Chikaranomoto Company Co., owners of the Ippudo ramen stores. Ippudo, ...


60% of the time... it works every time...

I must be in that sixty percent, because last week's lesson on stalking women has worked wonders. Who would have thought that jar opening, joke telling, and schedule stalking could get a person so far? Not everyone learns this fast, so ...


Japanator’s travel guide: Yokohama

Yōkoso! Welcome to Japanator’s travel guide. I’m your host, God Len, and I will you through Japan’s cities every week to give you a taste of the culture, the history, and the craziness behind Japan’s greatest cities. Now on to o...


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