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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

Restaurant Advice in Tokyo, Japan including Standing Sushi

On Museum Consulting

For Tokyo, this is how to get to my favorite sushi restaurant called Standing Sushi:

Otherwise... for general restaurant advice...

When you land in Japan, at the airport, you can rent a mobile WiFi hotspot. This typically operates on a 3G or 4G network, you carry it in your backpack, and then you can connect to it via WiFi to get data.

I highly recommend renting one of these. It should cost $5 or so per day. Bring a USB battery pack, buy an Anker or see what Wirecutter recommends, because these mobile WiFi hotspots tend to lose their charge after a few hours.

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