Price of Japan Rail Pass jumps!

Price of Japan Rail Pass jumps!

Effective October 1, 2023, prices for the very popular Japan Rail Pass will be increasing by an average of around 70%. The announcement came without much of an explanation other than to say that a pass purchased (at the current prices) by September 30, 2023 could be...

What it’s like to travel internationally now?

What it’s like to travel internationally now?

While some business people and college students are able to travel to Japan, unfortunately, the country is still not open to international tourism. Japan is being very cautious—some say too cautious, but it’s hard for outsiders to make that call. When things do open...

When will tourists be allowed back in Japan?

When will tourists be allowed back in Japan?

Many of us who love Japan or would love to go to Japan have been wondering when will tourists be allowed back? Just to clarify the current situation, unlike many European countries, Japan has barred non-citizens from visiting their country, with few exceptions....

Author’s Commentary

This book was written because Leslee and I share an enjoyment of the kind of travel that travel writer extraordinaire and television personality Rick Steves has trumpeted. That is, be willing to learn in advance about the places you plan to visit, embrace the culture...