Monday, February 6, 2017

Some interesting articles on Kyoto accommodation, Tokyo and Japan cycling business

Hi All, 

Sometimes I share links to some great articles on Japan travel. 

Here they are: 

How to stay at a Kyoko Ryokan

Tokyo Cheapo 

A three day itinerary in Tokyo for those who don't like itineraries. 

Tokyo Cheapo 

A three day itinerary in Tokyo for those who don't like itineraries.

Tokyo Cheapo You Tube video

Terrie's Take 

Long time Japan resident, technology and business entrepreneur, Terrie Lloyd writes some interesting travel and business articles on his weekly Terrie's Take.

This week, he shares how his company is getting into the cycling business

Skiing in Japan 

If you are heading for skiing in Japan, check out JNTO's site on skiing in Japan.

Enjoy and have a great day. 

Carole Goldsmith 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Working on an E book on Japan on a Budget for Business

By Carole Goldsmith ©Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved  

A lot of business people ask me for tips on travelling Japan on a budget, so I am currently editing an ebook that I have written on Japan on a budget, with a range of tips for business. 

As I have been doing research for business articles across Asia and especially in Japan, I have collected many tips for both travellers and business people. 

The e book will cover accommodation, transport, luggage transfer, eating out, free trade deals and lots of facts and figures on doing business in Japan, including cross cultural awareness. 

I am aiming for the end of February 2017 as the completion date. 

If you want me to contact you when the English version of the e book is ready, please let me know. 

The book will also be translated into Korean and Chinese progressively so I will keep you posted on its progress. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

For Skiing and Snowboarding enthusiasts going to Japan

JNTO has some great information on skiing in Japan.

Here is an article on snowboarding in Japan on a budget

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Which travel pass is best for your Japan travels.

By Carole Goldsmith Copyright © 2016 All Rights Reserved

My favourite and most convenient pass for traveling in most of Japan's major cities is the Suica Pass.

Suica card

Which major cities you can use your Suica card across Japan. It has different names in other cities - e.g. Pasco. 

Check on the list below in this link to see which major cities you can use across Japan.

Here is a video on how to buy Suica card and how to top it up.

How to Buy and Use a Suica

How to return your Suica and Pasco card

This article outlines the Japan Rail Pass and the Willer Bus Pass.

The biggest issue I have with the Japan Rail Pass if that it is a consecutive day pass and you may not want to travel every day to get your money's worth.

Platt Kodoma 

If you only want to use the Shinkansen or bullet train occasionally as you may be staying in the one area for a few days, then the Platt Kodoma may suit you. It's pronounced Puratto Kodoma.

You need to buy this the day before you travel at the listed travel agencies on the website.

You will pay around 2/3 the cost of a normal cost of a Shinkansen ticket but this includes your seat

The two low cost carriers I have used across Japan are Peach and Jetstar Japan.

Both are good low cost carriers.

Best wishes

Carole Goldsmith

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some news on Japan from Business Travel

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hostels in Japan recommended by Nick a traveler and my favorite budget business hotel chain Toyoko Inn.

By Carole Goldsmith Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved 

Nick a colleague of mine and a recent traveler in Japan has recommended the following hostels in Japan. I have not stayed there but he has. 

Space Hostel Tokyo

J Hoppers, Osaka

K's House Kyoto

Santiago Guest House Hiroshima

I don't stay in hostels anymore and I like the Toyoko Inn Chain located across Japan. 

Toyoko Inn Benefits - 
                Your own room and bathroom. 
                Great free breakfast and country hotels best breakfasts
                Close to railway stations and you can see top of hotel from station
                Reasonably large room for Japan and every amenity you need. 
                Comfortable beds and pillow. 
                Free Wi Fi. 
                Discounts for members - stay 10 nights and one night free. 
                Early check in (3 PM) for members

                Toyoko Inn Narita - rooms are larger than other Toyoko Inn Hotels


                Excellent booking system and customer service 
                Smoke free lobby and rooms
                Computers in lobby with printing service for guest
                Budget prices for these great business hotels
                Spotlessly clean and very well managed across Japan. 
                Luggage storage if you are returning.
                Sterilized night gowns and clean slippers plus extra 
                amenites at front desk. 
                You can also book Kuro Neko Yamato Transport at reception
                and Kuro Neko will transport your luggage to your next 
                destination at a reasonable cost. 

Book early as the rooms fill up quickly: 



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Understanding Japan - article