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A collection of blogs, articles and guides on our favourite subject - Japan!
We've put this site together to share and document our own experiences as well as assist other lovers of all things Japan in planning their own adventures.
Tabehodai – is the Japanese word which basically translates into ‘all you can eat’ and is a good one to learn. It is often accompanied by Nomihodai – ‘all you can drink’, which is an essential word to learn if you ask me!
All you can eat in Japan is in a completely different league to that found in the west. Whilst you can find the enormous buffets offering a variety of cuisines there are also specialty restaurants ranging from all you can eat natto to cookies and ice cream and, my personal favourites, those where you collect your food from a buffet and cook it at your table.
We had day trip had been planned in advance and it had taken quite a bit of organisation to ensure all of the transport connections left us with enough time to spend seeing everything we wanted to see and it was essential that we stuck to our itinerary. JAL (Japan Airlines Group) offer a discount domestic air fare for overseas visitors to Japan, the oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare.
Severely jet lagged having arriving in Japan the previous day we woke up incredibly early, much to our delight, as this was to be the day of the Yamathon. This is a walking/running route that visits every station on the JR Yamanote line, the challenge being to get a photo at each one. We had already decided that we would be going anti-clockwise and the plan was to make it to Ikebukuro for lunch.