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Osaka Travel Tips

What to do in osaka what to do in Osaka
 What to see in Osaka, What to do in Osaka
100 things you can to do in Osaka read more…
 Cultural experiences in Kansai
Best cultural expirience you can get in Osaka read more…
 Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Osaka

Best Michelin Star rated Restaurants in Osaka read more…

 Best Sushi in Osaka
Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat dalisious sushi read more…
 Best Bars and Cafe in Osaka
Best interesting Bars and Cafe you can visit in Osaka read more…
 Best Crab Restaurants in Osaka
Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat dalisious snow crabs read more…
 Best Okonomiyaki Restaurants in Osaka
Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat dalisious okonomiyaki read more…
 Best Onsen in and around Osaka
Best Onsen (hot springs)you can visit in and around Osaka read more…
 Best Ramen in Osaka
Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat traditional japanese ramen read more…
 Best Restaurants in Osaka
Best restaurants in Osaka you can visit, rated by local peolpe. Read more…
 Best Rooftop Bars in Osaka
Best Rooftop Bars you can visit in Osaka read more…
 Best Steakhouses in Osaka
Only for meat lovers! Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat real steak read more…
 Best Takoyaki in Osaka
Best Restaurants in Osaka where you can eat traditional japanese street food – takoyaki. Read more…
English speaking doctors in Osaka Local info
Here info about english speaking doctors, laweyrs, rental cars, photogaphers etc. Read more…
 Things to do in Osaka at Night, What to do in in the Evening in Osaka
Night is a time of romance and adventure, that’s what you can do at night in Osaka read more…

Best things to do Osaka Osaka Tours- 1 Daily Tours in Osaka

  • Osaka Tours are available on a daily basis.
  • Osaka tours are guided by government licensed and certificated tour guides in Osaka.
  • Osaka Tours usually departs from Maikoya Osaka at 10am in the morning.
  • Osaka Tours usually returns to Maikoya Osaka at 6pm in the evening read more…
Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Park Best time to visit Osaka, When to visit Osaka
Best months to visit Osaka: April, May, September and October.
Your purpose of travel is important. Read more…
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Kyoto Travel Tips

 

 Cultural experiences in Kyoto
Best things you can do in Kyoto read more…
 Experience in Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum
Samurai and Kyoto have always been associated throughout history. From the early Heian period to the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate the samurai and ninja always roamed the streets of Kyoto. Now they are back! Try it! Read more…
Things to do in Kyoto and neighbourhood read more…
Best Michelin Star Restaurants Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Kyoto

Best Michelin Star Restaurants to eat in Kyoto read more…

Best Sushi Best Sushi in Kyoto
If you want to eat the best sushi in Kyoto, try some of this list read more…
Interesting Bars & Cafes in Kyoto Best Bars and Cafe in Kyoto
Interesting themed cafe and bars in Kyoto read more…
Best Crab Restaurants in Kyoto Best Crab Restaurants in Kyoto

Best Restaurants where you can eat crabs in Kyoto read more…

Best Okonomiyaki Restaurants in Kyoto Best Okonomiyaki Restaurants in Kyoto

Best Restaurants where you can eat Okonomiyaki in Kyoto read more…

Best Onsen Best Onsen in and around Kyoto

Best Onsen (hot springs) in and around Kyoto read more…

Best Ramen Restaurants in Kyoto Best Ramen in Kyoto
Best Restaurants where you can eat Ramen in Kyoto read more…
Best 10 Restaurants in Kyoto Best Restaurants in Kyoto
If you want to wisit one of best restaurants in Kyoto, check this list! Read more…
Best Rooftop Bars in Kyoto Best Rooftop Bars in Kyoto
This is the list of thу best Kyoto Rooftop Bars read more…
Best Steakhouses in Kyoto Best Steakhouses in Kyoto
Ony fo meatlovers! Best 11 Steakhouses in Kyoto read more…
Best Takoyaki in Kyoto  Best Takoyaki in Kyoto
Top  takoyaki restaurants in Kyoto. Rated by people who live in Kyoto. Read more…
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Regarding your cultural Experience

    • Thank you so much for choosing us for your unique cross-cultural experience.
    • Our  address is provided at the bottom.
    • Please make sure to check the date and also the exact beginning time of your experience.
    • The email you receive after making the reservation  is the voucher. Please make sure to print it out OR bring a digital device (e.g. your phone) that shows the email.
    • Please remember that you are more than welcome to take photos in our venue. You are not allowed to video record it, though in certain occasions we allow our guests to video shoot the experience.
    • Please remember to take your shoes off when entering our building.
    • For ladies who signed up for a kimono experience, please remember that we do your hair without any additional fee. If you’d like to put some make up at our venue by yourself, please show up 15 minutes earlier.
    • You are allowed to cancel your appointment before the event date without any cancellation fee. However, if you don’t show up on the date of your experience, you may lose your payment.
    • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to wait for the next available session.
    • Please make sure to follow us on Instagram or facebook to keep with the new news, campaigns and seasonal specials.
    • We are looking forward to serving you soon. Are you ready for your once-in-a-lifetime experience?

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YOUR SAMURAI EXPERIENCE IN KYOTO WILL BE HELD AT

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Japan Travel Tips : Things to Know before your Experience in Japan

Please check out these useful sources to best enjoy your experience in Japan.

Maiko Osaka
Regarding Your Reservation

  • Thank you so much for choosing us for your unique cross-cultural experience.
  • Our  address is provided at the bottom.
  • Please make sure to check the date and also the exact beginning time of your experience read more…
What to Bring to Japan. Preparation for a trip to JapanFuroshiki
You may need to bring the following items to Japan in order to enjoy your trip more.
1- JR Rail Pass. You can only purchase the JR Pass outside of Japan. Once you arrive in Japan, it is already too late. If you have the JR pass you can ride the Japan Railway Trains, including the shinkansen bullet train for an unlimited time read more…
 What to See, What to Do in Japan. 100 Must-see places in Japan
100 Things to do in Japan. What to see in Japan. Where to go in Japan.
Japan has 47 amazing prefectures. Let’s discover some popular spots. Some places in the list are not known by everyone. Read more…
Basic Japanese phrases for travelersBasic Japanese Phrases for Travelers
The audio and video for Basic Japanese Phrases for Holiday Travelers to Japan are provided at the end of this post read more…
Hannya Japanese Symbols and Meanings in Japan
What does this mean? Symbols, meanings, emblems and shapes in Japan.
Symbols and Meanings in Japan read more…
 Surprising things about JapanJapanese shinto religion is associated with cleanliness. Japanese people want everything to be pure and clean. There is also social conformation. Japanese people don’t want to be known as dirty. There are many public employees who take care of street cleaning. There are many volunteer organizations who take care of cleaning read more…
 Travel safety tips in JapanIs Japan safe to travel?
Yes, Japan is safe to travel. Japan has the lowest homicide rate in the world. Japanese cities are chosen as the safest in the world. The nuclear leak has been controlled. Read more…
 Transportation in Japan , Japan Transportation Map
-Japan has the world’s best train transportation system, you will be mostly traveling by local trains or the bullet train (shinkansen).
-Please get a JR Pass before arriving in Japan. You cannot get a JRPASS in Japan. It costs around $300 for 1 week. If you have the JRPASS you can ride any JR train and the fast bullet train for free. Please remember JRPASS cannot be used for subways.  Read more…
 Etiquette in Japan, Moral behavior rules in Japan, Manners
What are moral behavior rules in Japan? What are the manners in Japan?
-If the floor is tatami, please take your shoes off. Please also do not walk inside any house by wearing shoes.
-After taking your shoes off, please put your shoes on the floor in the direction that facing the exit. Read more…
 Signs in Japan for Travelers
Japanese signs for travelers read more…
 Shopping in Japan, Japan Shopping Information, Tips
How to do shopping in Japan?
Shopping in Japan is very convenient but there are some differences compared to other countries.
Is shopping cheap in Japan?Read more…
Airport transfer Osaka Pick up Airport Kyoto Kansai Airport pick up and drop off 
At Maikoya we take care of our guests to make sure their travel to Japan is smooth and convenient. After a long flight the last thing you want to do is look for the subway station or search for a taxi. What is worse if you have a large family or many luggages you need a spacious and comfortable car read more…
 Getting a licensed tour guide
Everyday, Japanese masters and culture experts meet with the guests and teach them ancient Japanese traditions and crafts including. We show off cultural activities with a difference! Read more…
Kyoto Station  Transportation in  Japan
How to get from one place to another in Japan read more…
 Best things to do in Hirosima
Best things to do in Hirosima read more…
 Best things to do in Nara
Best attractions in Nara read more…
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What to Bring to Japan? Packing for Japan

You may need to bring the following items to Japan in order to enjoy your trip more.
1- JR Rail Pass. You can only purchase the JR Pass outside of Japan. Once you arrive in Japan, it is already too late. If you have the JR pass you can ride the Japan Railway Trains, including the shinkansen bullet train for an unlimited time.  It costs about $270  and people wonder if it is worth the cost. Just consider the fact that taking the train from Tokyo to Kyoto will cost you about $250. So if you are planning to visit 2 cities or more, the JR pass is definitely worth the cost.
2- Wi-Fi Router. Although Japan is a developed country , free wi fi is rare compared to other countries. It is a must to purchase a pocket wi-fi in Japan. You can purchase it at the airport.
3- International driver’s license. Even if you are not planning to rent a car, you may need it for some fun activities such as for renting go-carts.
4- Cash. Unlike many other countries, most Japanese stores still do not accept credit cards or digital money. Even some McDonalds branches and giant souvenir shops in the city centre will simply refuse to serve you if you don’t have cash. We recommend you exchange money at a bank office (any bank) in Osaka or Tokyo to get the best rate. You can check the current exchange rate at the Mitsubishi UFJ Bank here (updated daily).
5- Comfortable shoes. Japan is a compact country ideal for city walk and cultural observations. An extra pair of shoes will be your best friend along the journey. The textile products tends to be cheap in Japan though the shoes are not necessarily as cheap as the other countries and your size may be difficult to find.
6- Universal power adapter. If you are coming from the US, you do not need a power converter as the outlets are the same. Japan has the 100 Voltage system with 2 pinned outlets, different from Central Europe, Malaysia and Australia.
7- Painkillers, vitamins sleeping pills. Japan does not allow OTC sleeping pills and Japanese painkillers tend to contain less amount of active ingredients.
7- Mosquito repellents, sunscreens, hats in the summer. You can find these items in japan but they may be different from what you are used to. You may need the repellents if you will visit the country side, otherwise you don’t need to bother.
8- Swimsuits, short pants and sandals in the summer. If you are tall or a plus size person, it may be very difficult to find your size in Japan as an avg. Japanese woman is 52 kgs and 158 cm. Also remember that Japan has very high humidity, so you are strongly recommended to bring the short pants and khakis in the summer.
9- Dry shampoo. This is not necessary, but dry shampoo is less common in Japan compared to other countries.
10- Gluten-free or Halal Snacks. Most Japanese snacks use animal shortening and wheat so if you have these concerns you may want to bring your own snacks. Please note that the traditional soy sauce you find in every Japanese restaurant also has some gluten in it.
11- Smaller luggage. Since Japan is a relatively small island with the population of 127 million people, the personal space is rather small. If you have a big luggage, it may be difficult to carry it on the train or store in your hotel room. If you  must bring a big luggage you may consider having a separate small backpack for your daily trips.
12- Travel insurance. It is difficult to purchase the travel insurance after you arrive in Japan. At the same time, if you chose to not get the insurance it may make you feel better to know that the healthcare costs in Japan tend to be cheaper than many other developed countries.
13- Easy to wear shoes & clothes. You have to take your shoes off at many places in Japan. So it is more convenient to not to wear boots. Also for kimono photo shoot we recommend a v-neck t-shirt, but the good news you can borrow one at Maikoya.
14- Moisturizer. There is no central heating system in Japan. Most hotels use air conditioners as heaters in the winter and the air in the room may get dry. Although there are moisturizers sold everywhere, you may not be able to read the labels in Japanese that explain the function of the particular skincare product.
15- Travel towel. Japanese hotels have the #1 service in the world and almost always provide a double set of towels in your room, but it is still useful to bring a light towel for outdoor experiences.
16- Rain jacket. If you are traveling to Japan during the rainy season (June 15 ~ July 15) then you can be sure that you will get wet in the rain. On the other hand the rain jacket may not be necessary if you don’t have much space in your luggage since you can grab a disposable umbrella from a convenient store just for 4USD.
17- Allergy and restriction notes for restaurants. You can ask us or use Google Translate to have your allergies and restrictions and then print them out on a piece of paper. Wherever you go, you can just show it to the personnel, so that you don’t have to explain them to the waiters all the time who may or may not speak good English.
18- Sleeping mask, ear plugs, apps, movies, digital books and magazines for a smooth flight. There are not many bookstores in Japan that sell English-language magazines or books. So you may want to bring them in your digital device. Also you can download some mapping apps that work offline such as Maps.Me.
19- Small gifts from your home country. Japanese people strive to do their best to serve their guests. They will be extremely happy to receive a small symbolic gift from your home country even if it is a piece of candy or just a tiny good luck charm. Our Australian guests made us a happy a few times giving us the cute koala figures.
20-  Some useful tips
-You can find almost anything from any country on Amazon Japan. So if you forget to bring an item, you can just order it on Amazon Japan in English have it shipped to your hotel overnight.
– Japan is a developed country with more than 30,000 convenience stores located on every corner. Even if you forget to bring things back from home, you can find almost anything at a convenience store including but not limited to underwear, lunch box, imported beer and frozen vegetables. At the same time, tampons and pads are difficult to find at the convenience stores.
-If you have a heavy luggage, and if you don’t want to carry it around with you, you can always use the luggage forwarding service common in Japan.