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A Beginner’s Guide to Japan – Everything You Need to Know Before …

Japan has a reputation of being a destination where tourists are thrown out of their comfort zone, with reputations of frantic crowds, bizarre technologies and a total lack of English anywhere, but honestly, if you’re heading there for your first…

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A Day at the Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo

The Ghibli Museum has long been a topic of mystery amongst me and my friends. Not only is it far away from home, but it’s notoriously difficult to get tickets, making it almost an urban legend for those who love…

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Two Sides of Tokyo in One Day: Visiting Yanaka and Akihabara

By the time we arrived in Tokyo, I was exhausted. My trip to Japan had a jam-packed itinerary, but with only stolen naps on bullet trains to make up for the onslaught of temple-seeking early mornings and sparkling sake-drinking evenings,…

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Why You Don’t Need to Plan Where to Eat in Japan

It was the food that drew me to Japan in the first place. Ramen, sushi, katsu, yakisoba, teriyaki, tempura; a plethora of dishes I was desperate to try in their place of origin, but when I tried to plan where…

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Five Things I Loved About Harajuku, Tokyo

Just like Gangnam in Seoul, Harajuku in Tokyo reached mass western awareness thanks to a very annoying pop tune. Gwen Stefani writhing around with four Japanese mates singing a bastardised version of a tune from Fiddler on the Roof is…

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Three Super Easy and Amazing Day Trips to Take From Kyoto

There was so much that I wanted to see in Japan that it was almost overwhelming. Whilst in Osaka I managed to squeeze in visits to Himeji, Kobe, Hiroshima and Miyajima thanks to the make-a-mockery-of-TFL, ridiculously efficient transport system, and set the…

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A Night at Book and Bed, Kyoto: The Coolest Hostel in Japan

Travelling around Japan, we stayed in various types of accommodation from centrally located hotels to traditional ryokans, but if there was one that summed up the total uniqueness of the country, it was our night at the Book and Bed…

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Nine Amazing Street Foods You Should Eat in Japan

  Japan, to my surprise, isn’t really a street food country. World-famous for its cuisine, I was surprised that there wasn’t stall after stall of vendors selling their wares in every city we visited, especially since nearby South Korea is…

Miyajima

Visiting the Floating Torii Gate of Miyajima, Japan

Prior to visiting Japan, I didn’t know the name of the island that is home to the famous floating shrine. Rather like my visit to Himeji Castle, I knew the emoji symbol and the fact it looked pretty in photos,…