10 places you should know to eat and drink in Otaru

Happy Weekend! Today we will be introducing you to 10 restaurants and bars that you should know. Here it goes! Sushi Toppi (Rotating Sushi) Toppi is a popular rotating sushi restaurant that is about 10 minutes walk from Otaru Station. You can enjoy varieties of sushi very reasonably priced. I find salmon and tuna, the … Continue reading 10 places you should know to eat and drink in Otaru

Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

Happy Friday! Helping Dragon will be posting a weekly (tourism related) blog of what has been happening in Japan, mainly Hokkaido. This is in hopes to help you to plan your trip here, as well as to keep a record of our experiences to develop better content in the future. This year has been difficult … Continue reading Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

A Japanese star actor was found dead on 18th July in his home in Tokyo.  He was 30 years old. In his final post on Instagram, he had stated for the fans to look forward to the drama that will broadcast from September 2020, so it came as a surprise for all of us that … Continue reading The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.

Image from Mitsui Shosen HP It makes us very happy to see more and more people from overseas traveling long term/distances across Japan! Did you know that you can take a ferry from the mainland to travel Hokkaido? The price ranges from 8000~10,000 yen, and the duration takes roughly 20 hours. So if you have … Continue reading The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.

Izakaya strategies and our recommended backstreets

During your trip to Japan, you should definitely experience izakaya bar culture. Image from Flickr In these establishments you can enjoy Japanese-style cocktails and tapas dishes for extremely reasonable prices. The dishes tend to be smaller, and you would usually share the dishes with everyone. If you don't know what to eat, hop into an … Continue reading Izakaya strategies and our recommended backstreets

The 4 best districts to visit in Tokyo by theme

The kanji for Tokyo literally translates as "eastern capital" and just as the term "capital" may suggest, it is huge! Not only that, but each area within this capital has its own unique character and charm, so paired with the sheer size of the city, it's difficult to see everything that you might want to … Continue reading The 4 best districts to visit in Tokyo by theme

Hot? Cold? Japan’s clothing forecasts and functional clothing

No matter where you travel, you always check the temperature so you know what to wear. Today, we're going to show you an app that you can refer to when you want to know what clothing is best to wear on your trip to Tokyo. We'll also let you know about some handy and functional … Continue reading Hot? Cold? Japan’s clothing forecasts and functional clothing

Number 1 thing you should do in Hokkaido: Ski/Snowboard

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan is getting more and more popular over the years for the fluffy powder snow. View of Mt Yotei from Kutchan town The sweet spot for ski/board freaks still is Niseko, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Mt Fuji of Hokkaido, Yotei. Mt Yotei actually helps the … Continue reading Number 1 thing you should do in Hokkaido: Ski/Snowboard

Let us help you have a better working environment in Japan

Yesterday we encouraged future visitors to Japan to call us to better plan their trip. We hope we get to help your visit to Japan in 2020! Our team are mostly English and Japanese bilinguals that want to solve as many issues as possible for international visitors here. You can read about why the website … Continue reading Let us help you have a better working environment in Japan

An Art Gallery you shouldn’t miss in your stay in Tokyo: HULS

Ideas and stories lie at the beginning of every project. So what drove these project leaders to launch these projects in the first place? In this series of articles we will be introducing the stories of projects and businesses that we think you should drop by during your visit to Japan that particularly captured the … Continue reading An Art Gallery you shouldn’t miss in your stay in Tokyo: HULS