Our Story

Founded in 2012 with our first site Tokyo Cheapo, our practical and friendly editorial style has won over the hearts of travellers and foreign residents alike to quickly become the most popular English language website about Tokyo. Since then we’ve launched 3 more websites – London Cheapo, Japan Cheapo, and Hong Kong Cheapo. Traffic on our network first exceeded 2 million page views per month in 2019.

Listen to co-founder Chris talking with the Tropical MBA about the back story, and read co-founder Greg’s interview with

How We Work – Flexible, Remote, Global

We’ve been a remote-first company from day one. We believe our team should be able to work wherever and whenever they get their best work done. Our team is based in a number of cities and spread across three continents. We’re all skilled at communicating and collaborating remotely – and we enjoy working this way.

Fast Train (pre-covid) company retreat

Fast Train (pre-covid) company retreat

Activities, Office Parties and Retreats

In cities where we have a major presence (Tokyo and London) we meet up for regular team dinners and activities. We also aim to gather the team twice per year in different locations around the world for a team retreat – a chance to spend some quality time together. We also like to throw a party every year for our anniversary at our office in Nogizaka.

What We Value

🤓 Working Smart

We don’t want you to waste your time and we don’t ever want you to do anything for show. Nor do we set unnecessarily tight deadlines or micro-manage. We’re always looking for ways of getting the best results from the least work and we use tech and tools to help our team work smarter.

👍 Doing Good Work

We’ve based our business on creating a useful and loved series of websites and we want you to be proud of the work you do with us. We encourage sustainable travel, including carbon footprints in our transport recommendations, sustainability notes in our food guides and offering alternatives to animal cafes whenever we spot them.

🦄 Having Fun

An important part of our work is selecting the correct cat/doge gif for internal communications – either is fine, but of course some animals are more equal than others.


💵 Profit Share

We share our success with the team, and run a profit share system with employees who have been with us 1 year or more.

✈️ Remote

Most roles are either partially or 100% or remote; work from wherever you’re comfortable.

💻 Tech

We provide you with the IT equipment you need.

We also organise events. Pictured here: a Travel Massive collab event at our office

See our current job openings below, but even if there isn’t something suitable for you and you’re interested in joining us, you can use this form to tell us more and register your interest.

As a rule, we only reply to applications if we are interested in hiring you. If we don’t get back to you, it probably just means we can’t use your talents at the moment.

Current Job Openings

Business Development Assistant

Monday August 21st, 2023

Position:Business Development Assistant Type:Contract, full time Start:Immediate (August, 2023) Company:Fast Train Japan Goudougaisha Website: Location:Akasaka, Tokyo [...] Read more

Subscribe to our mailing list