Finding an English-speaking Personal Trainer

Mar 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Personal fitness is something that takes dedication, and mental training more than the physical will to push weights or run miles down the road. Moving to another country and embedding oneself into a different culture is hard enough without sacrificing our physical health in the process. Some years ago, I...[ Click to read more ]

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Mountain Biking in Japan

Mar 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Being such a mountainous country, Japan is a fantastic place to go mountain biking. Right across the land, there are excellent spots at which you can hop on a bike and fly down a trail. Whether you are into downhill, dirt jumps, freeride or cross country; a beginner (like me)...[ Click to read more ]

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Watching Sumo matches in Jungyo Exhibition Tour

Mar 27, 2019 By Chiho

Watching sumo is one of the most authentic attractions in Japan. The annual grand tournaments are held only in odd months; January, May, and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya, and November in Fukuoka. You don't want to miss the tournament matches if you happen to be...[ Click to read more ]

Toyota MEGAWEB Showcase

By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo can be a tough place to find something cool for the whole family to get into without either needing to travel a way into the countryside or dropping copious amounts of yen on the adventure. However, here’s something that is both close to the center of the Metropolis and...[ Click to read more ]

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Let’s Tour: Tokyo’s Koenji

By Jason Gatewood

Situated on the JR Chuo Line about 15 minutes west of Shinjuku station and just west of Nakano, Koenji is probably not on anyone’s list of happening places to check out in Tokyo. But that makes it a good reason to see it in my case; I dig the road...[ Click to read more ]

Yamathon – Walking Around Tokyo, Saving Lives

Mar 20, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

The Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours. [spacer height="5px"] They say that charity begins at home, and if your home is in...[ Click to read more ]

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Calling 119 for Emergency Assistance in Japan

By Ray Proper

Dial 119 for fire department or medical services Dial 110 for police 119 in Japan is a direct-dial free emergency number that connects the caller to fire and emergency medical services from any phone.  Unlike emergency number services in many other countries, the 119 system in Japan only connects to fire...[ Click to read more ]

How to use Public Sports Facilities in Tokyo

Feb 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Staying in shape in a big city like Tokyo can be a chore sometimes; I myself am a big fan of running and biking outdoors, and sometimes it seems cars and bad traffic along with the sometimes extreme weather can have me sidelined for days, sometimes weeks without getting my...[ Click to read more ]

Top Hanami Sites in Tokyo

Feb 20, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The weather will soon begin to get warmer, the days longer, and it'll be time again for "hanami." If you're new to Japan and Japanese culture, hanami literally means "flower viewing," but not just any flower will do. We're talking about Japan's symbol of all things cute, beautiful, and like the...[ Click to read more ]

Charity Groups and Events in Tokyo

By Ray Proper

Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world, by some measures, the most populous.   While all those people take some getting used to, think "crowded rush hour trains" for example, all those mouths create a market of impressive options as well, from the variety and quality...[ Click to read more ]

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