Where to Eat in Japan: Restaurant Week!

Tokyo restaurant week 1Tokyo is a great city for eating with the most Michelin stars in the world. Right now, you can take advantage of the opportunity during Japan Restaurant Week, a promotion for dozens of the best restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe. 

The cuisines covered are extensive and include Japanese teppanyaki, sushi, kaiseki, Kobe beef, fugu, Italian, French, Chinese, and even a few more past that.

Even though it's called Restaurant Week, it's actually weeks - three, to be exact. 

Another important number is eight. 7 restaurants featured in the Tokyo Michelin Guide are included in the bunch, and one from Osaka.

Participating restaurants offer lunch and dinners at set prices. Lunch is by far the cheapest, when you can eat at some of Japan's finest places for just 2,100 yen.Dinners are more expensive but still a relative bargain compared to what you'd usually pay at these places.

Prices are:
Lunch: 2,100 yen
Dinner: 5,250 yen or 7,350 (depending on the place)

Japan Restaurant Week runs from now through February 19, 2012.

via Japan Restaurant Week

Find cheap restaurants!

Get $3 beers and $7 dinners for a fulfilling evening under $10. Read the Konnichiwhoa Guide to where to eat in Japan.

Where to find free WiFi in Japan

With the proliferation of smartphones and lightweight laptops, many travelers wonder where to find free WiFi in Japan. We've found a map that can show you all of the WiFi hotspots in Japan, whether you're in the middle of the city or venturing out to a remote island.

Free wifi map in japanThe bad news, however, is that greater Tokyo offers less than 400 free WiFi access points. That's for a metropolis serving over 30 million people

The point is that free WiFi in Japan is very rare, and you should come prepared for that. If you stay in an expensive Western hotel, you may get lucky. But if you plan to stay in cheap hotels, you shouldn't bet on the free Internet access.

So, that leaves you with two options. You can pay for international data roaming and bring your smartphone or iPad 3G to Japan. The cheaper option is to go to an Internet cafe. Cafes are plentiful, convenient, comfortable and serve free drinks.

If you still want to try your luck with WiFi, visit the link below.

via Visit Japan LiveMap

Need a Japanese cell phone?

WiFi in Japan is hard to come across. If you need to communicate with people, you may want to rent a cell phone. Here's how to get a cell phone in Japan.

Guide: iPad Data Plans for Japan

iPads are great for travel. You can watch movies on the plane, read tour guides, or even check your email from almost anywhere in the world. If you want to take your iPad to Japan, here's how:

15063-620x-ipad-japanYou should have a WiFi + 3G model
Free WiFi isn't very popular in Japan, so if you want to really enjoy your iPad abroad you need a model with 3G included. 

Don't go over your limit
Once you go over your data limit, prices get insanely expensive very quickly.  There are specific guides for both carriers below.

Save data, use sparingly
You don't get very much data for your money. Here are some tips for what you should and should not do:

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