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JR Pass Kyushu Itinerary: 5 Cities to Visit with Your JR Kyushu Pass

  The JR Kyushu Passes are a great way to make your way around some of the must-see spots on Japan’s southernmost island, Kyushu! There are seven prefectures located in Kyushu: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, and Saga.                                                        […]

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JR East Tohoku Pass: The 10 Best Places to Visit in Tohoku

  Weary of the crowds and looking for somewhere off the beaten track to explore? Why not escape from the packed streets of the main cities and discover a region overflowing with stunning natural landscapes, samurai history, festivals, delicious food, and warm-hearted locals! Spreading out just above Tokyo, the Tohoku region features six prefectures all with their own experiences to explore! I fell in love with […]

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Enoshima – Most Underrated Tokyo Day Trip?

Have a day to spare? Sick of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of Tokyo? Want to make the most of your Japan Rail Pass? Let me tell you why Enoshima is one of the most underrated day trips from Tokyo and some of the best places to visit to make the most of your adventure. Enoshima Shrines   Enoshima is a small offshore island around an hour from […]

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Travelling Gluten Free in Japan – It Is Possible!

Travel preparations can be stressful and difficult at the best of times but this is exacerbated even further for people traveling to Japan with gluten intolerance or Coeliac Disease. Food is an integral part of a country’s cultural identity and a necessity to experience if you want to fully submerse yourself in local life. Someone with gluten intolerance must contend with unfamiliar ingredients and a language […]

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5 Specialty Coffee Shops to Try in Fukuoka

  Japan’s specialty coffee scene has grown a lot over the last 5-10 years, with the country grooming some of the world’s most acclaimed baristas. Fukuoka, in Kyushu prefecture, has been one of the most active cities. Some of its gourmet coffee shops have been open ahead of the wave, in the early 2000s. This makes for a great exploration if you are, like me, very […]

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Kyushu: Onsen Paradise – Unique Hot Springs You Can Enjoy

Onsen (hot springs) are my favourite places to visit whenever I am in Japan. I make a point of going to one or more and if I can combine this with a stay in a Japanese ryokan then that is even better. Kyushu is known for its volcanoes and with the volcanic activity comes a huge variety of wonderful onsen that you can visit and appreciate. […]

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Saga Prefecture: Porcelain Paradise

Japan is known for its traditional arts and crafts, including origami, bonsai, and ikebana flower arranging. While pottery has a shorter history in Japan, its cups, bowls, and other products are renowned worldwide. If you have a particular interest in these products, Saga prefecture in Kyushu, Japan is a must-visit! We will introduce the three main centres of pottery in the prefecture: Arita, Imari, and Karatsu. […]

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Chasing the 20 best waterfalls of Kyushu – Japan’s Hidden Gems

    Kyushu is famous for being one of the most volcanic areas of Japan. Hot springs, mountains, gorges, breathtaking beaches, Kyushu has it all. Hiring a car is probably the best option, however, some locations are accessible by public transportation. Here is a selection of the best waterfalls Kyushu has to offer and turn your trip to Japan into a real adventure! Find the waterfall […]

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A Delicious Journey Through Kyushu

  For those of you who have traveled to Japan before, you might have noticed that each region has local food products that they are famous for. Domestic and international tourists alike will sometimes travel to a specific region just to sample a scrumptious specialty. When traveling around the island of Kyushu there are many wonderful sites including onsen, volcanoes and country scenery, in-between enjoying site-seeing […]

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Beppu, Japan: A Day of Onsen, Nature & Food!- Kyushu

  Recently, I spent a day in Beppu, in Oita prefecture, Kyushu, and I loved it so much, I had to write about it! Beppu Onsen, as the name suggests, is well known for being one of the largest onsen towns in Japan! The hot spring water of hundreds of public baths is sourced from eight different springs! The eight springs are named Beppu Onsen, Kannawa […]

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Top 5 Regions for Tea in Japan – Learn the Authentic Japanese Culture

  Japan is renowned for its tea and has had a proud tea tradition for the past 1500 years.  The country produces hundreds of unique varieties and grades of tea throughout its regions. Tea is considered the most commonly drunk beverage in Japan and it is integrated heavily in Japanese culture. It is often served with or at the end of the meal for free. It […]

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Nagasaki Travel Guide – 10 Spots You Must Visit in Nagasaki – Kyushu

  Nagasaki Facts Nagasaki is a cute and historical port city on the northwest of Kyushu island. It takes about 2 ½ hours to get to Nagasaki from Fukuoka Station by JR Train.  Nagasaki has been a well-known tourist spot for domestic Japanese tourists. On the other hand, Nagasaki is still a hidden jewel among foreign tourists. It is worth it to take the time to […]

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The 8 Packing List Tips for an Unforgettable Japan Trip

  When going on any trips anywhere, travel preparation can be a little stressful and overwhelming especially when it comes to packing. Things that you would need to consider when it comes to packing are things like the type of clothing items to bring, whether it will be suitable for the weather, essential items to personal items, travel guidance, medications and a few things to be […]

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Get Your Kyushu Basics covered – Land of Fire

  Beyond Japan’s Golden Route Kyushu may be lower on travelers’ radar going to Japan, but this volcanic island abounds with century-old temples, natural hot-springs and gourmet treasures. It’s time to put it back on the map!   Accessing Kyushu Kyushu is the 3rd largest island of the Japanese archipelago and is located south of the main island of Honshu. It is extensively connected to the […]

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Temples and Shrines: Understanding the 2 main Japanese religions

  Japan has a long tradition of different religious beliefs coexisting, and even merging, creating a unique spiritual landscape. During your trip, you will come across many temples and shrines. While it may all look similar to unfamiliar eyes, some basics will help you gain understanding and enjoy your travels further. What are the main differences between Shinto and Buddhism? Let’s take a look!   Shinto […]

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