Hi, I’m Julia and I live in Osaka with a mostly-naked Japanese man.

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Joo and the Y-man

Being Australian, Japan is practically next door – only 7hrs away – so you can imagine the constant stream of friends and family that come to visit us every year – thanks Jetstar. I originally started this website to answer questions from our guests about what to see and do on their travels in Japan.

“Where should we go?” “Do you know any good restaurants?” “Where can I get a Japanese knife?” “Which train should we take to woop woop?” “Where do you think I left my wallet last night?”

I’ve been working in the EFL industry for almost 10 years, so I’m always trying to minimize my talk-time. When you live in Japan, you end up taking people to the same places, explaining the same directions, giving the same advice over and over again. I used to send emails to help people plan their trips, but nobody reads my long-winded emails on possible stopovers between Kagoshima and Fukuoka. Hence, thus, and subsequently Joopan was born.

So, if you are planning a holiday, or maybe you’re already here, I hope Joopan gives you some ideas about what you would like to see and do on your trip to Japan. If you already live in Japan, let us know what you would like to see on the site. Thinking about moving here? Drop us a line, maybe we can help you settle in or at least point you in the right direction.

Now . . . go get that yen 😉