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Thank You Sale

February 7, 2011
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Dear Readers,

Ever since launching my book a couple of months ago, hundreds of you have purchased it and used it to plan your trip to Japan. I was also lucky enough to assist some of you with more detailed itinerary planning. I want to thank everyone and hope that it was or will be helpful.

As a sign of my appreciation I am now offering the book at 20% discount until the end of February [now extended until end of March!].
To take advantage of the discount, visit the All-You-Can Japan eStore and when checking out enter the following discount code: QK39UVY3

Thank you,


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More Bang For Your Yen: An Article

December 13, 2010
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Just wanted to share with everyone a recently published article on my book, “All-You-Can Japan: Getting the Most Bang For Your Yen.”

Here’s the link:

Download the first chapter for free from!

Is Japan Really That Expensive? Getting the Most Bang For Your Yen

December 1, 2010

Have you always dreamed of traveling to Japan but were afraid it would be too expensive and too intimidating?

Yes, Japan is expensive, and yes, its unique culture can be intimidating for travelers. The secret to a successful trip to Japan is not how much money you spend and how much you tighten your budget, but how you maximize the return on your investment. You need to travel SMART, not CHEAP, though they do often coincide. With today’s unfavorable exchange rate, now is the time to plan your trip wisely!

"All-You-Can Japan" Travel Guide

In my book, “All-You-Can Japan: Getting the Most Bang For Your Yen” that is now out and can be purchased through my website,, or directly from the eStore (Amazon), I provide you with a SMART Japan travel strategy (including many useful Japanese phrases).

Let a veteran who has lived, worked, and traveled in Japan for over a decade combined show you how to make the SMART choices and achieve the complete Japanese experience within your set budget, and even save hundreds of dollars while you are at it. Download the first chapter for free from to get a sneak preview!

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– Josh

Book Cover Contest!

October 30, 2010
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Hi Everyone,

As readers of my blog, I would like to involve you in the process of publishing my book, “All-You-Can Japan.”

I am looking for a photograph of Japan to use on the book cover. The primary requirement is that it would make people want to go to Japan, very simple.

If you have a photograph, send it in to If I choose to use it, you will be acknowledged on the cover and be world famous 😉 And also receive the published book for free.

If you don’t have a photograph to send in, please comment on the one below from my friend Adi – does it make you want to go to Japan?

Japan Travel Photographs Sakura Cherry Blossom




Japan Travel Destination: Yokohama

July 11, 2010
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Yokohama, a city that sits in Tokyo Bay, is often overlooked when traveling in Japan. I admit, it is not that exciting and culturally rich as other travel destinations, but it still has unique attractions to offer. If you are in the Tokyo area looking for a day-trip and are sick of shrines and temples, Yokohama is for you.

Yokohama is the capital city of Kanagawa prefecture. It is slightly to the south of Tokyo and on the mainland of Honshu Island. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo area. Initially starting out as a fishing village that opened Japan’s doors to foreign trade through its port, it developed into a prominent port city very rapidly, and also holds a large population of foreign nationals. Yokohoma’s climate is a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and not too cold winters.

There are many places of interest in Yokohama that fascinates travelers. At 106 meters, Yokohama Marine Tower, is the tallest inland light house in the whole world. It is located in the Yamashita Park next to the water front in the celebrated port area of Kannai. Japan’s largest Chinatown is situated in this city as well, and is worth a visit. You will find the food tasting very different from the Chinatown in New York or any other place. If you liked the ramen noodles there, be sure to stop by the Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum to learn how this mouth-watering dish spread from Yokohama to the rest of Japan. Very near to Chinatown is the famous Yokohama Doll Museum and the Silk Center. The Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature with its lovely rose garden is also within reach.

Yokohama’s harbor area houses the Cosmo Clock 21, which is not only a giant ferry wheel but the worlds biggest clock too. It also provides amazing photographs at night. If you’re awed by vast arenas or stadiums, the Yokohama Arena built for 17,000 people is in the vicinity, next to the Shikansen station. The International Stadium Yokohama and Nissan Stadium are some more. Finally, in the Naka Ward, there is a famous Japanese garden called “Sankeien” that was designed by a silk trader, Tomitaro Hara.

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