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How To Use The Subways, Trains and Buses in Japan

How To Use The Subways, Trains and Buses in Japan

The amount of subway lines in the Tokyo Metro system is significantly more complex than you would find in Osaka, Sapporo and other parts of Japan.  It would actually be easier to understand if you tried to learn the subway system in any other city besides Tokyo, but you made it to this page so I’ll try my best to explain how to use Tokyo subways.  This actually applies to all of Japan

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Staying In A Japanese Capsule Hotel: Tokyo

Staying In A Japanese Capsule Hotel: Tokyo

The capsule hotels I’ve seen have been much nicer than hostels and more private.  I found an amazing last minute deal on Agoda (30% off) and booked a stay at the Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower in Tokyo for $13/night. With only two nights left in Tokyo, I decided to spend the night #1 in a capsule hotel and night #2 and the fancy Intercontinental Tokyo.

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The Lockup: Japan’s Prison Themed Bar

The Lockup: Japan’s Prison Themed Bar

I’m a big fan of comedy and adventure. Something lighthearted. I get anxiety and stress overthinking things in horror movies.  I also startle easily especially while I have a beverage in hand.  Watching a scary movie or going to a haunted house is way out of my comfort zone.  I avoid those situations at all costs.  But somehow we ended up at this horror/prison themed bar.

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Osaka Owl Cafe – It’s a hoot!

Osaka Owl Cafe – It’s a hoot!

I’m all about new experiences and trying something different.  BUT, I also don’t like going too far to a location that would inconvenience me.  As I was looking for things to do in Osaka on TripAdvisor that was near the hotel I was staying at (Best Western Fino Shinsaibashi Osaka), I found an Owl Cafe: Happy Owl Cafe Chouette.  It only had one review at the time and it was close enough to check out.

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How To Take A Failed Journey to Kinosaki Onsen

How To Take A Failed Journey to Kinosaki Onsen

I walked over from the Intercontinental to Osaka Station at 13:00 to get a ticket for 14:00 train.  There was some difficulty getting a ticket in the office since the attendant’s English was not that good (but my Japanese is worse) so I had trouble understanding him.  I understood enough that there was a train arriving at 14:15 so I had time to go get food.

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