Just another morning in Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan. The key to the survival in this kind of snowy region in Japan, Clear snow off your car the night before when you know it’s gonna snow overnight! Otherwise you’ll end up spending looooong time the morning digging your car out of snow and get it going. You’ll … More JAPOW! Part 2
Nor even at Japanese restaurants near you… A story of Japanese Curry They look gross, frankly, but once you’ve tried it, you wouldn’t mind because you’ve been hooked. Hooke by its spiciness, flavour, smell. Oh and with its toppings/additions you can have with it. It seems either “Deep Fried Pork”=トンカツ or “Deep Fried Chicken”=チキンカツ to … More Please don’t do this while in Japan
This could be the hardest challenge you face while travelling in Japan Or even before setting your foot on the soil, over the internet while organising your trip. You may even forget about hiring a car when you can travel around the whole country by trains and buses. Why is it so hard? I just … More A nightmare of renting a car in Japan
Changing trains at Nagano Station to get to Yudanaka It’s pretty simple. If you’ve arrived at Nagano … More How to find Nagaden @ Nagano Station
Warming up from your feet What is it? In most of Onsen towns, you will find so-called “Public Foot Baths”. Those are the place where you soak just your feet in (most cases) running hot water in public setting. Link to Wikipedia in English for detailed explanation of what they are. Why? Basically because it warms … More Foot Bath 足湯
4 things you should know if you are thinking about skiing or snowboarding for the first time Please skip this article if you are familiar with skiing or snowboarding. This post contains the very basic explanation for visiting ski resorts intended for beginners. So Japanese winter is quite famous throughout the world nowadays. For the … More For those who have never seen snow before
A bit of cultural lesson Part 2 Before getting in to the subject, here’s a useful phrase you can pick up. It’s related to the subject of this post, will be super handy when trying this Black Cat thing in Japan. -Today’s Phrase- Kono Nimotsu Wo Kono Jyusho Made Onegai Shimasu このにもつをこのじゅうしょまでおねがいします Can I have … More How to fill out Black Cat Form
The country all about manners Everyone comments Japan is clean. Everyone says, at the same time, it’s hard to find rubbish bins (or trash cans? in US term) on Japanese streets. There is a reason for that. It’s because in this country rubbish is something you take home with and then dispose of. That’s why … More What do you do with your rubbish in Japan?
@ Just Outside Yudanaka Station There are 2 ways to leave your luggage at Yudanaka Station when you are going to see Snow Monkey or going up to Ryuoo Ski Park for skiing or snowboarding. Once you walk out of the station, you will see the restaurant GOEN. Just behind this restaurant, you will find … More Coin Lockers/Luggage Storage
An Inside Tip to get around easily in Japan
So imagine you have arrived at Narita Airport.
You have a huge ski bag. So heavy just even to go through the customs. … More Black Cat, A bit of Cultural Lesson Part 1