Traveling by train in Japan

How will JR and JNTO cope with tourism boom and maintain service levels?

Past Osaka, the number of train options drop by 50% and that a large chunk of tourists aim towards Hiroshima (and further), it appears to be a headache for JR railpass holders
– Sakura trains to Hiroshima have 8 coaches while Hikari to Osaka have 16, even with the Kyoto/osaka stop that does not make the maths
– There are 2 sakura per hour, nozomi and mizuho are not permitted , kodama is once an hour
– what do the tourist boards in prefectures like Hiroshima Yamaguchi Fukuoka think? Is it acceptable for them to think that their market opportunity could only be 50% of those of Kyoto and Tokyo?
– there is 1 counter for rail pass activation in Tokyo station and 1 in Shinagawa. Do we really think we will be able to address the 40M tourists excepted in 2020 on this?
As a side, we tried Ueno this week, still 1 counter with 75’ wait on a Friday morning…
– what about exchanging rail pass via phone or pasmo/suica partnership?
– what about a paperless experience from order to travel?
– what about making JR seat reservation available in English and online for railpass holders?
So far, most western tourists end up queuing and travel standing up in non reserved coaches damaging the JR and Japan efficiency reputation.
Parents with young children, older travellers really struggle.

reflection on how to adapt the glory of Omotenashi to 2020 lifestyle

When visiting Japan, how many of our foreign visitors enjoy the experience and learn?

Could the hotels gain popularity, guest reviews and build memories by simply providing a simple explanation of what a Japanese breakfast is?
In the last 2 days, I tried with Belgian and Mexican families, and guess what? In both instances they were happy someone would present and they tried it out!
Another option could be to close restaurants a bit later than 21.00 in key cities like Yokohama Hiroshima for example!!! That seriously puts off latin clients let me tell you.
Hotels may also put forward that they remain open later with cool options like ramen/beer. Udon/beer etc. Easy cool nice revenue and happy clients who will surely consume and share the tip on social media.
Let’s bring omotenashi to life again adapted to 2020 tourism boom!

Mega Golden Week

I recently posted around the mega Golden week upon us in May and the emperor and wanted to expand the relationship with work that Japanese people have

Many people are now moaning about this long week because

  • flights are expensive and you cannot travel abroad as wanted
  • they are full anyway for those who could afford or had booked long time ago
  • the domestic travel will be an issue as traffic will be hectic, trains full, hotels expensive
  • being away for 10 days in our global economy means we may miss deals, come back on a huge backlog of work
  • childcare and schools will be closed so housewives will have a lot of extra workload with no activities to offer

Just today, a friend told me that his company decided to open that week and work as normal not to lose business




Good to know but not easy to know

Today, I found out that bringing codeine (and a few more) are banned in Japan and could take you to jail!!

So, if you bring Vicks or Actifed, Sudafed, you could well be into trouble


check this out!! crazy


Japan has even got a law for recruitment (that they are considering to dismiss). every year there is a huge cycle around employment

Students visit fairs and consider companies to integrate one year before they graduate, they get their contracts and are pampered for the whole year up to the event. all contracts start on April 1 of each year. that day, major corporations integrate thousands and thousands of new employees and run big conferences, and induction trainings of all sorts. the 1st week of April in Tokyo is a long line of young men and ladies in their black suit walking to offices and meeting rooms

it is also the start of a new school year and you see new young pupils initiating their living of commuting with the metro on their own

Recommendation to enjoy Japan

I found this very nicely design blog with good tips for slow travel – totally accurate for Japan. I thought I should simply share – vanilla papers thank you / arigato gozaimasu.