The Ultimate 100 FAQ about Japan

March 8, 2014 in ❤︎I LOVE JAPAN❤︎ / Japan

Almost every other day i receive emails asking me questions about Japan.

I used to answer really nicely and give suggestions because talking about Japan alone makes me happy, but recently i’m doing that less because when i do, 90% of the time i don’t even get a reply or some sort just to say “thank you” or something along that line, so i started to feel like i’m Wikitravel in an insignificant way. Except that i’m still honored that you consult me before you even go to uncle Google or Wikitravel. So Google/Wiki, i win.

And also, they look upon me as a travel consultant so highly to the point most of the questions asked are like this:

Hi! I’m traveling to Japan in (month) with my (travel companion), i would really appreciate if you can recommend some places to go and things to do there as it’s my first time to Japan.

I am really quite impressed and overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and immensity of the question alone. It’s almost like asking God: Care to tell me every damn thing you know about the universe?

Fine. Maybe God is less of an asshole like me and he will give you a nicely crafted long and detailed answer written with unicorn hair brush dipped in florescent rainbow beam ink on a piece of fluffy cloud, but there’s a reason why i’m not God, you see.

So, the non-God me have decided to stop answering all emails pertaining questions like that from now on.

Instead, i am going to just give you a link, which contains more than 150 blog posts i have written over 6 years or so regarding a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of things about Japan. If you still cannot find anything remotely useful for you, then i’ll be damned and can only admit that i am, truly, a shit blogger. I apologize in advance for things you cannot find there.

The holy link is this:

You are welcome.

And actually, i am also a little kinder than you think (still not as great as God), so i’m making things even easier for you.

Here are the 100 things you may or may not ask or want to know, depending on the topic of your interest.


1. Hi, can i know what you recommend to eat in Japan?

2. Okay, fine, i’ll try to be more specific. Where can i find super yummy but not so expensive food you can eat in Tokyo??

3. Right. why don’t you categorize it for me, isn’t that easier?

4. Ok ok i get it. Question changed. How about suggesting some summer food specialty?  Autumn?

5. Yummy. How about winter?   Throw in some fun stuff to do while you’re at it thanks.

6. Nice but not impressive. i want to go to a restaurant that will change my life. Suggestion?

7. How about all the cute desserts and sweets Japan is famous for?

8. MORE!! Gimme MORE!!!  And moreeeee!

9. Japanese eat a lot of weird, raw things. Have you tried before?

10. Ok now i want to read about your live squid eye eating experience again.

11. What’s the fuss about mentaiko?



12. Hi, where can i shop in Tokyo?

13  Okay THANK YOU. Now i wanna go to those cool fashion events in Tokyo!

14. How about now you tell me your fav fashion brands cuz i have no idea what to buy.

15. Oh… what is this fukubukuro thing? Where can i get it?

16. Any other cute things to buy for souvenir?

17. Show me your shopping haul!

18. OMG i want all!!!! Show more more shopping please!




19. I love Purikura! How can i take nice Purikura?

20. I always wanted to wear a kimono. Can you show me how to wear one?

21. I fucking love Hello Kitty. Where can i see and meet one?

22. I fucking love Ghibli movies. It’s too much to ask but… how does it look inside Ghibli museum?

23. I didn’t know that Hachiko is Akita and not Shiba inu. What does a Shiba inu look like? Are they as cute?

24. Show me Disneyland!!!

25. How about Disney Sea? Omg i can’t make up my mind which one to go.

26. Did you manage to find the hidden mickeys?

27. Ok, enough of Disneyland. Where else can i go for some fun?

28. How about Universal Studio Japan? I have only been to the one in Singapore. It was very hot.

29. Any other theme park in Osaka?

30. Do Japanese people celebrate Halloween?

31. That’s so cool! I wanna join the fun too! Where can i go?

32. Any fancy restaurant go to on Halloween day?

33. Where can i go to a hanabi taikai (fireworks event) ?



34. How does it look like?

35. Okay everybody likes Harajuku and Shibuya. What’s so special there?

36. Is the fish market worth going? I heard they are closing it down for Olympics!?

37. Hi, I only have 4 days in Tokyo and i want to visit outside Tokyo, but not too far?

38. Hi, that sounds great but what else can i do in Tokyo?

39. How about Tokyo Sky Tree? Is it worth going?

40. I am in Tokyo but i wanna eat Hokkaido food. Solve my problem!!

41. Is April in Tokyo very cold? What can i wear?

42. But i’m traveling in December. Is it cold? What can i do?

43. I want to go to Tokyo but i’m alone 🙁 Can you still have fun if you travel alone? 



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44. I remember about your first homestay experience in Nagano. How was it?

45. What did you eat everyday in the family? I remember it was a funny post.

46. Awww was it hard to say goodbye??

47. Omg you went to teach at a Japanese school? The kids must be cute!

48. Is there actually anything to do in Matsumoto?

49. What else? I heard skiing is good in Nagano!

50. I am shy to go to the hot spring. Do you really have to strip everything??



51. Didn’t you go to Nagoya for homestay too? How did you manage to find so many hosts?!?

52. How is it living with the family? Is it scary?

53. What do you do every day when you are at a homestay?

54. Is there any sightseeing to do in Nagoya?



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55. Hi. I heard Osaka is a strange city. Can you suggest some really Osakan things to do in Osaka?

56. Hmmm that’s not extreme enough. I wanna do something crazy!!

57. Ok that was mad. Now show me some place to shop in Osaka!



58. What can i do in Kyoto?

59.  I want to wear a kimono and walk around to take lots of selfies!



60. I will go to Fukuoka, how is it like?



61. How about the hometown of Kumamon? 



62. You always say you love Nagasaki. What’s so nice about it?

63. Any other sight seeing places there?

64. How about theme parks? Is there one?

65. Now can you recommend some place to eat there?



66. I heard so much good things about Okinawa! Is it exotic like they say?

67. Whatever. You seem to like just every single city in Japan. What else can i do or eat there?



68. I want to visit Tohoku to give my support but i’m afraid of radiation turning me into an infertile purple frog for the next 24 years. But still, i heard it’s nice…



69.  My god you even did homestay in Sapporo?? Tell me all!

70. That looks nice. Did you enjoy your homestay?

71. I don’t trust you anymore. Everything also say nice. But… Is the food really as good as everyone thinks?

72. Walao. Got so exaggerated or not -_-. But… where can i get some fresh Hokkaido seafood?!?!?!?

73. How about snow… AND snow crab!!!

74. Show me more!!! Where can i go skiing?

75. I wanna see some polar bear! Where can i go?

76. There wasn’t any polar bear in that post. Show me real polar bears.

77. Is Sapporo still cold in summer? What should i wear?

78. I want to visit the chocolate factory!

79. Where else can i go besides Sapporo?

80. Anything else interesting do to in Otaru?

81. Where can i stay in Otaru?



82. Are they really as pretty as what everyone always tells me about?

83. That’s just… wow. What is this hanami thing everyone is doing?

84. I want to go to one! Where should i go?

85. Wow… how do they look at night?

86. But i’m going to Nagoya, can i see sakura too?

87. You are so lucky to see full bloom!! I will be a week late, can i still see sakura? 🙁

88. Is there any Matsuri during sakura season?

89. I can’t get enough of it!!



90. How do you get internet in Japan while you travel?

91. I want to read that post about your birthday in Japan.

92. That’s so nice to celebrate your bday during sakura, what did you do?

93. Rumors have it that if you go to Japan the first time you will get voodooed and your soul will get stuck there. Is it true?

94. Oh i see. If you show your gratitude to Japan, it will make you go back again. Is it true?

95. Sorry i still don’t get why you love Japan so much.

96. Hmmm i can’t agree with all you said. Show me something more convincing!!

97. Okay now i really want to go to Japan but i have no money 🙁

98. Alright thanks. But i still have other questions to ask that’s not listed here though.

99. But that didn’t answer my question!! Is it really so hard for you to answer a question :(?

100. None of these posts helped me in anyway!! Just be nice and answer my email ok?

84 responses to “The Ultimate 100 FAQ about Japan”

  1. Hanie says:

    Hahaha! The last link!!! XDnn

  2. Michele says:

    I suddenly feel heaps better about my first e-mail on Japan to you! *laughs* kudos on painstakingly linking everything (y)

  3. Chica says:

    Haha make me miss your old style!!! I noticed the people asking on your instagram too :/ still i think you’re one of the friendliest blogger out there! Thanks for the post!

  4. Anonymous says:

    ROFL #100 I saw this coming!

  5. Tina says:

    From the way you speak now compared to not so long ago it seems you have started believing in God. Alhamdulillah.

  6. eiko-chan says:

    Wow, going to Japan next month, so this post has been super helpful! Best and most helpful FAQ is 100! =PnThanks Cheesie!

  7. ahlost says:

    i used to dislike your post about Japan cos I’ve never been there.. but after my Proposalmoon in Japan, i think i’ve entered your religion. Not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but.. I’m missing Japan so bad.. hahaha..

  8. shiling says:

    this is so awesome. I remember browsing through tons of your blog post before heading to Japan.nGonna bookmark this post for all my future trip! Thank you!

  9. WP says:

    No fair! No. 98 and no. 99 are the same! 😛 But I really like the last link though 😀

  10. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHA damn gurl. You’re really funny!!!

  11. Stella Lee says:

    I have read everything before this, but I re-read again and now I can’t wait to come back again to Japan although I have been there a few times :DnYour blog is really poisonous! This love is contagious

  12. Joy Yong says:

    I love this post and the last 2 points =)

  13. Alexis says:

    Such a long and helpful post! I had to stop on all the food pictures as they make me sooo hungry. Dx

  14. Flora C says:

    will bookmark this page and refer to it when i plan my trip to japan.. 10000x thank you! ^.^

  15. Kaila says:

    Ahhhhhhmazing 😀

  16. zoomingjapan says:

    Some really nice suggestions.nYou’ve been to a few regions in Japan already.nPersonally I love Okinawa, especially the Yaeyama Islands a lot.nAs I live in Kansai, I’ve been to most places there. nnI’m not a huge Tokyo fan, so I’m rarely there to be honest.nnTohoku is awesome in late April. The cherry blossoms are so beautiful.nOne of my personal highlights was “Cat Island”. You can see some photos of my trip here: n I’ve been in Japan for 6+ years and have travelled to all 47 Japanese prefectures, there’s always something new to discover and it never gets boring! ^_____^

  17. Cheesie says:

    That’s so amazing! I wanna do exactly that! I believe every city has something unique and alluring about it! Thanks for your link too!

  18. Cheesie says:

    Hello japanlover hehe

  19. Cheesie says:

    You are 1000000x welcome!

  20. Cheesie says:

    Haha must take you a long time lo

  21. Cheesie says:

    Hehe thanks

  22. Cheesie says:

    Come back soon!!!!!!! 😀

  23. Cheesie says:


  24. Cheesie says:

    Everyone only click last link hor! Lol

  25. Cheesie says:


  26. Cheesie says:

    Whyyyyyyyu cannot dislike something you haven’t seen ma! Must give chance wan!

  27. Cheesie says:

    Most welcome!

  28. Cheesie says:

    Most clicked question lol

  29. Cheesie says:

    Thank you!!! 😀

  30. Cheesie says:

    Thank you too!!!

  31. suquan says:

    planning to go to Japan nxt year for sakura♡♡ thanks for this awesome post!!! *sobs*

  32. TenshiChn says:

    Lol! I think this helps to simplify alot and i can’t imagine the total time you put in for this post! nnIf they really can’t seems to find their answer, they would really go to google. lol!nnI’m going to Osaka next year and it’s so awesome that you actually summarize which post I should refer to. Haha.. Sorry but here’s one more q >.<‘ , is the usual Sakura blooming season ard end of March in Osaka?nnThanks Cheesie! *big huge* and hope to see your cute baby soon! ^^ Have a safe delivery~ 😀 (sorry if it’s too early to say this =X)nn

  33. Jamie says:

    I was mostly reading through the blogpost without clicking the links (yet) until I got to the last one. Lolol. nYour blogposts are amazing as usual and thank you for your wonderful effort, esp in compiling all these!

  34. Manzy says:

    omg.. awesome post ever. I have tried to absorb as much information as I could over your past blog trips but omg it was scattered everywhere.. and in this post you have just made it so simple. Almost like one of those dummy books hahahaha. Too bad I have one question and I dont think its been i tried your last link, i literally LOL-ed. Anyway, from all your posts, I feel more confident that I am able to save up money for a trip to Japan. If only my partner could agree with me in terms of going on budget travelling but he likes to spend lavishly whenever its a holiday trip, so that makes the trip a “dream” instead of a possibility since its impossible to spend lavishly in our situation T_T nonetheless, thank you so much for this, and I shall try to convince my partner to atleast try the budget way! 😀

  35. nadz says:

    Love the answer to question #100.. Ehehehe…

  36. MG says:

    Thank you for this awesome post! will be my reference for my trip, hopefully to catch the sakura. 🙂

  37. Swiss Mokka says:

    Hi Cheesie :3 I’ve been reading your blog for the whole day T.T miss all your old posts! It’s amazing how far you’ve come. Congratulations <3

  38. kiyoharu says:

    is it needed to know japanese or english is enough for a trip?

  39. P@nda says:

    homaikot, very comprehensive haha!

  40. ailina says:

    this is an amazing compilation! though my question was not inside… i’m reading all your japan post religiously to plan for my upcoming trip in end April! I’m so excited to be going to Japan free & easy for the first time! Now, if only i can ship those mentaiko back from Fukuoka!!

  41. FionaChan says:

    I love how the last one links to google hahaha!

  42. Violet says:

    This post made me LOL. You sound so pissed off but this list is so intensely useful!! Why don’t you pair up with Tourism Japan and demand to be paid as a tourism ambassador blogger + get free trips?

  43. Cheesie says:

    I use the re entry lane. Which is empty ALL THE TIME lol

  44. Cheesie says:

    Nvm!!! They don’t have to pay me for things that make me happy!

  45. Cheesie says:


  46. Cheesie says:

    Ok la what’s your question!

  47. Cheesie says:

    No I don’t think you need to know Japanese!

  48. Cheesie says:

    Aww thank you!! For spending so much time on crap pages haha

  49. Cheesie says:

    Thank you too!

  50. Cheesie says:

    Thanks for clicking the links haha

  51. Cheesie says:

    Ok la share me your question!

  52. Cheesie says:

    I know right last one is a clicker!

  53. Cheesie says:

    Yea usually it’s between march/apr :))

  54. Cheesie says:

    Thank you too!

  55. Cheesie says:

    I wanna try that too!!!! Going to every single prefecture!!!

  56. m says:

    hahaha this is such an amazing post

  57. Michi says:

    Hi Cheesie!nFirstly, I wanna thank you for always sharing your love for Japan ( and replying to my comments)! I totally can identify with you your love for Japan! hehehe! nnI’ll be going to tokyo in 10 days time! I can’t wait! If I happen to see you is it ok if I ask you for a photo together? hehehe~~~~~~~~nnAnyway, do enjoy your stay in Japan nao!!!nThis post is mechaaaaaaaaaaa good for my trip!nnI hope I can seeeeee all the hanami!nnnn

  58. Larry says:

    Wow, so much great information. This is why your blog is such a useful resource on Japan. And you look absolutely STUNNING in the “I Love Shopping” image!

  59. Emiii says:

    Thank you for compiling them this way. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but organized this way is much easier. I’m planning to go to Japan with my bf in July (first time traveling together) and will use this post to help organize our trip a little. We’ve both been before but never without a guide, group etc for help and suggestions. Aiyo, I predict I will be a bit stressed since neither of us are A+ Japanese students and are trying to go low budget.nnAlso, I like how you are still getting questions in this comments section lol!

  60. Angela says:

    Hamagad I am bookmarking this page for my future trip to Japan! =D I’m taking Japanese classes to prepare now and I am trying to save money like mad so I can go next year T_T Thank you so much Cheesie and I love you! <3

  61. Angela says:

    Hamagad I am bookmarking this page for my future trip to Japan! =D I’m taking Japanese classes to prepare now and I am trying to save money like mad so I can go next year T_T Thank you so much Cheesie and I love you! <3

  62. Angela says:

    Hamagad I am bookmarking this page for my future trip to Japan! =D I’m taking Japanese classes to prepare now and I am trying to save money like mad so I can go next year T_T Thank you so much Cheesie and I love you! <3

  63. Michelle says:

    Hahaha I love the last link 😉 and thanks for taking the time to compile!

  64. peiruru says:

    Thank you cheesie! Always taking notes from whenever you blog about japan!

  65. jessie says:

    Last link! Me likey!! 😛

  66. Choo says:

    Oh my!. O_OnThis post must have taken you… forever. Thank you SO SO SO SOOOOOO MUCH for this.n♥ Domo arigatou gozaimasu.♥nOf course, I have read all the entries you linked before, but having them neatly sorted into topics things of interest is…the most ingenious and convenient idea and blogpost on Cheeserland ever. Yay!

  67. himiko says:

    I think Kyoto and Hokkaido is good. (Of course, Tokyo is interesting, too..)nn・Winter  n【ニセコ】(Niseko) ― 北海道(Hokkaido)n・・・But, it is cold. (Particularly, the top of the mountain)nn・Spring ~ Fall n【富良野】(Furano) ~ 【美瑛】(Biei) ― 北海道(Hokkaido) n

  68. L says:

    You made the right choice to put this up. I often come to your blog just to browse everything in your Japan tag. Of course, that’s not to say that I don’t browse other tags too (especially love cheddie I MISS HERRRR! and your Europe trips as well) and I never ever gotten sick of it. Your photos are amazing!nnUnfortunately you can’t stop people from asking you these questions. A lot of times I get asked a lot about Tokyo in particular even though I swear that I have told these same people several times that I never went Tokyo before, unless you would want to count the one time I was in Tokyo for transit to Hokkaido. I’m much more familiar with Hokkaido since I’ve been there twice.

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  70. Yin says:

    This post is just gold lah! why you so nice one..

  71. Cheesie says:

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  72. Cheesie says:

    Thank you soooo much! Your comment made it all worth it too! :))) although yes it did take me a long time to compile this but now I’m so glad to know that it is of use to some people, and that you guys seem to enjoy it. Thank you again.

  73. Cheesie says:

    Su Vin: I don’t know why my reply doesn’t show on imotiv T_T. Anyway just wanted to say thank YOU.

  74. fana164 says:

    Hi Cheesie,nMy God, u so kind to come out with 100 FAQ including the answer’s link. Thank you so much! Really appreciate ur time to do this. *Fav this entry and use this when I visit Japan one fine day*nThanks a lot once again *hug*

  75. Jenny says:

    Cheesie this is the funniest and greatest post I have ever read OMG. I get asked “How much will my Japan trip cost?” by people so much and I’m just like, “I don’t know your life man! Why would you think I would know?! 1 MILLION DOLLARS!”

  76. Gwen says:

    Hi Cheesie, I’m so appreciate that you did this 100 faq about Japan with all the links of your posts! Especially about sakura one, it really helps me a lot to read them all. This is really the ultimate post ever <3. Thank you for sharing this Cheesie, sincerely grateful a lot.

  77. bluebanana says:

    This post is awesome ^^ Just what i need to catch up on your japan posts 🙂 But, may i ask what is so fantastic about japanese convenience store that everyone goes crazy over them? :O thank you! 😀

  78. Amber says:

    Cheesie thank you so so much for this post appreciate it!! Been wanting to go to Japan but have absolutely no idea where to start with. Gosh imagine 100 qns having to hyperlink each with one link if one took 1 minute which is impossible so you probably took more than 100 minutes to do this post, prolly hours or days! Appreciate so much! Definitely gng to favourite this! <3

  79. sgrmse. says:

    this post is reminiscent to your older ones.. the kind you’d write when you first started out blogging. (‘: i know it’s a lil weird and all that but i’ve actually known your blog for ages & ages. when i first stumbled on your blog, i’d leave comments and you’d actually take the time to not only reply comments (on your blog), you’d also take the time to come by my (very many at the the time) blog(s) and leave comments of your own!!nnanyway, thank you for writing this post (: ni know that any time i want a good heaping dose of allthingsjapan, all i have to do is hit it’s funny how i’ve never ever been to japan but through you and because of your blog, i love it so much already <3

  80. Cheesie says:

    Thank you so much!!! And so sorry I haven’t updated blog as often or reply as often, but really appreciate all of you who make effort to leave comments and read ♡

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  82. gem says:

    i love this and have been going back to this list for the past few years. so useful! maybe its time to update the tohoku part since you have a few good posts recently. or FAQ part 2? 😀

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