How to take a bike on a train in Japan

So, you brought your bike to Japan. You plan on travelling around Japan by bike. Unless you have plenty of time and are determined to bike to everywhere, you might want to get to the next destination quickly on a train. How can you do that in Japan and what are the rules for bringing your bike on a train? I’m writing this article to answer those questions. Train is the way to transport your bike in Japan I love cycling. I own a road bike and a mountain bike. On my weekend trips to the country, I always bring my bike, especially in spring and autumn. There are many [...]

Why is Japan clean?

I grew up in Japan, so I never felt Japan was particularly clean. I didn’t know any other places to compare with. Now that I’ve been to dozens of other countries, I can say Japan is a relatively clean country. It stands out in terms of cleanliness. Of course, not every place in Japan is immaculately clean. But I feel it’s safe to say that most of public places are generally kept tidy and dust free. So, what makes Japan this clean? Yes, Japanese people bathe everyday. We like to keep ourselves clean and odor free. But is that the only reason? I don’t think so. I think education plays [...]

Best season to visit Japan

When is the best season to visit Japan? Some say it’s in spring when cherry blossoms are at its peak. Others say it’s in autumn because it’s foliage season. If you don’t like hot weather, avoid July and August. If you like hot weather, but not the cold, then February won’t be the best month for you to visit Japan. That being said, guests enjoy travelling Japan any time of the year. Each season has something to offer. Air conditioning is available anywhere you go in summer and you can enjoy shaved ice with syrup called “Kakigori”. Skiing in Hokkaido or Tohoku, Hokuriku area is something you can’t miss in winter. [...]