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  • 10 cheap & free things to do in Tokyo

    A month after the Brexit referendum, these are tight times for the UK. But I’m not here to make political chit-chat (there’s been enough of that in the past few weeks, I think) – my point is that in these times of uncertainty, a holiday to somewhere as famously ‘expensive’ as Japan might not be at the top of your to-do list. But think again! We’ve said it so many times over the past 16 years that we’re blue in the face. Japan is not as expensive as you think. In fact, it can even be  cheap! You don’t have to believe me, I’ll show you. Here are a few cheap & free things to do in Tokyo. (more…)

  • My favourite group tour: Kyushu Elements

    Mark is a tour leader for Inside Japan. Though he is now based in Tokyo, he spent three years in Fukuoka, on Kyushu Island, and considers it one of his favourite places in Japan. Here, he explains his love for Kyushu - and why Kyushu Elements is his favourite group tour to lead. (more…)

  • 7 more places to drink craft beer in Japan

    Grant is a travel consultant in our office in Boulder, Colorado. As an aficionado of craft beer, Grant has already told us about his favourite watering holes in Tokyo - but his recent trip back to Japan gave him plenty more opportunities to indulge his passion. Here, he dives back into the world of Japanese craft beer... (more…)

  • My favourite group tour: Historic Mountain Trails

    As I write this, the rains of June pelt my Tokyo apartment window. This time of the year is my favourite time for a jog. The June rains always act as a reminder to me that I have to get into shape and ready for the thrilling summer ahead – leading hiking tours in Japan is just around the corner. (more…)

  • East photo competition #1: Staff favourites

    If you're an avid reader of East, the Inside Asia Tours travel magazine, you've probably already heard about our photo competition. In our first issue, the theme of our competition was 'water' - and we gave away a luxury trip to Japan for our lucky winner, Adrian Furner. But there were so many excellent entries that we couldn't let them languish in our archives for long, so here are just a few of our favourite snaps from Japan. To see the top picks from Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, keep an eye on all three of our blogs in the coming days. (more…)


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