Evolving with the times – pachinko parlors in Japan are changing to better serve their clientele

If smoke-filled rooms, loud noises and low win rates weren’t enticing you to go, there might actually be a few reasons to visit one now!

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Anybody want to live rent-free in a house in a Japanese beach town for two years?

Non-Japanese applicants also being accepted for unique housing program from interior goods brand Mujirushi.

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Free Wi-Fi is coming to Mt. Fuji this summer

Service will be available on four different hiking routes to Japan’s tallest peak.

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Grab a free ice cream treat on “Azuki Bar Day” (July 1st) in three major Japanese cities

Azuki bars are a favorite of the young and old, so take yourself, your kids, and the granny who lives next door to one of these free celebrations!

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Free Wi-Fi coming to McDonald’s Japan branches

McDonald’s Japan is famous for listing “free smiles” on its menu, and soon it’ll be offering free Internet access too.

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Traveling to Japan on a budget – the best FREE places to visit in the country

Vacationing can be an expensive endeavor, so save a bit of yen by visiting these fantastic free locations!

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Look for one of the weirdest looking buildings in Tokyo to find some very delicious pineapple cake

You would never be able to guess it’s a pastry shop from the outside.

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Iwami in Tottori Prefecture is now offering a Free!/High Speed! anime tie-in location map guide

Fans of Free! and its High Speed! feature film adaptation can now visit all the places their favorite swimming boys would have frequented.

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Denny’s Japan offers mountain of pancakes and ice cream to guests on their birthday—for free!

Join our Japanese writer on a taste-test of dreams. We promise this is the only birthday cake you’ll ever need!

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Kenyan woman Photoshops herself into photos from China, ends up getting a free trip there

Sometimes the best way to get somewhere is just to pretend you’re already there.

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Tokyo’s busiest train stations have a new, free, English-compatible navigation app

Let your smartphone take the guesswork out of finding your way around Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations.

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Cosplay in your underwear with anime-inspired lingerie made to order in Japan

Customised lingerie service offers a range of options which are a perfect match for some of the anime world’s most popular characters.

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Japan now has anime character crotch pillows

Will the fact that they’re perpetually soft boost or hinder sales?

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Hello Kitty fans have a special reason to go to Sanrio amusement parks December 4 – They’re free!

Japan’s two Sanrio theme parks are holding a one-day event on December 4 filled with shows, special events and your favorite characters. The best part is that it will cost you absolutely nothing to get in that day!

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Change your Twitter “Like” hearts into fun “Like” sushi with a fun new web app!

Here’s something for you, sushi and Twitter lovers the world over!

Earlier this week, a Japanese net user uploaded a free Chrome web extension which converts the Twitter “Like” heart icon into a delicious sushi icon instead. It may not be the most earth-shattering new function to ever pop up on the internet, but hey, it’s the little things in life, right?

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Temples, views and whiskey — TripAdvisor releases its Top 20 “Free Attractions in Japan” in 2015

Aren’t the words “free entry,” “costs nothing,” and “0 yen” exciting to hear? I think we can all agree that there’s nothing better than a good deal, especially when that deal happens to be completely, 100% free.

While attractions marked as free may set warning bells ringing for some people, Japan has plenty of high-quality, worthwhile places to visit that are such a blast, you actually wouldn’t mind paying money for admission—except that they really do cost absolutely nothing to enter!

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McDonald’s Japan to give new burgers away for free—provided you have the right name

There’s no denying McDonald’s Japan has had rough time these past few years, with incidents like the spoiled meat scandal contributing to declining sales. To complicate matters further, some of the fast food chain’s campaigns and initiatives, like the sudden removal of menus from its counters (which have since been reinstated), have been met with confusion if not outright anger from Japanese customers. Now, it seems McDonald’s has captured the Japanese Internet’s attention again with what could well be their strangest campaign ever.

McDonald’s Japan will be releasing a new line of “affordably priced” burgers on October 26. And while that’s all fine and well, it’s their special one-day promotion in which they’ll be giving away these new burgers for free that has been raising eyebrows due to its bizarre catch.

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Get your FREE RAMEN!! Hakata Ippudo offers complimentary ramen for one day on 30th anniversary

Ramen lovers in Japan will have something to be excited about this Friday, October 16. Popular ramen chain Hakata Ippudo is celebrating their 30th anniversary that day and will be offering complimentary bowls of ramen at 30 select locations. That’s right, we’re talking FREE RAMEN here, and come the 16th, we know there’ll be plenty of customers waiting for their bowl of steaming pork-broth noodles!

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Saitama now offering free SIM cards to foreign tourists

Japan is well-known for its unique hospitality culture, which partially stems from the concept of “ichigo-ichie” (lit. “one time, one meeting”), the tea master’s philosophy that every encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime moment to be cherished.

Now, Japan is flexing its hospitality muscles in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by rolling out new services and products to help visitors and reduce the stress that comes with travelling in a country where things can sometimes get lost in translation. The latest display of impressive hospitality comes from Saitama City, where the city council is offering free SIM cards to its foreign visitors.

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Over 20 Museums, Galleries and Zoos in Tokyo are free for today only!

Today (October 1) is Citizen’s Day in Tokyo, celebrating the independence and welfare of the area’s residents. And what better way to do that than by giving them free access to over 20 of Tokyo’s cultural attractions from museums to art galleries to gardens and even zoos.

Now, considering it’s Citizen’s Day you might be thinking that such a deal is only open to people living in Tokyo, but no! Anyone who can get out here today and today only can get free admission to the following places.

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