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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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Is it worth buying a Japan Rail Pass for my Japan trip? – Answered

NOTE: as of 2024 – the JR National Pass prices have changed, which may make it cheaper to purchase individual point-to-point train tickets, please look up the latest JR and Train ticket prices. (for the convenience, it may still be worth it to buy a pass where you can use unlimited JR transport; consider local JR passes too, not just the national pass.)   The Japanese […]

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Japan Rail Pass – Explain How It Works

NOTE: as of 2024 – the JR National Pass prices have changed, which may make it cheaper to purchase individual point-to-point train tickets, please look up the latest JR and Train ticket prices. (for the convenience, it may still be worth it to buy a pass where you can use unlimited JR transport; consider local JR passes too, not just the national pass.) Konnichiwa! (G’day in […]

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5 Best Tokyo Family Friendly Parks – Great for Culture & Nature Lovers

    Japan is not a budget destination to many regards, and even a local like me easily agrees with that. When traveling with your family, spendings in Tokyo can add up quickly. Let me introduce to you 5 great parks in Tokyo for a lovely family time!   Ueno Park    Ueno Park is one of the oldest parks in Japan, and it was established […]

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Top 5 Basic Etiquette Tips When Visiting Japan

  Every country has its own social rules of conduct that you would need to follow and what is considered acceptable might be unacceptable to others. In Japan, there are several customs and rules that is best to be aware of and avoid doing them when traveling around in another foreign country such as Japan. The things that you may do and behave while traveling in […]

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5 Reasons I Hate Ramen

    It is well known around the office that I don’t care for ramen. Sometimes I get asked how I can claim to love Japanese food when I am not a fan of what is arguably one of Japan’s most well known and loved noodle dishes. So I jumped at this chance to explain my position and perhaps convert others to my way of thinking.  […]

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Harajuku: forget kawaii fashion, welcome to vintage heaven

    Tokyo is well known as a shopping paradise. With a large variety of shops and long opening hours, you have many hours of fun ahead. The plethora on offer can be overwhelming, and if you are not looking for the obvious, a little guidance is crucial. Let’s have a look at where to find great vintage shops in Harajuku!     Behind Harajuku: ‘Ura Hara’ […]

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Tips and tricks for finding a hotel room in Japan for your family

  If you’ve had a search for family rooms in Japan, you’re probably becoming more and more exasperated trying to find something that will suit all of your requirements. Before we get started, it’s important to understand a few cultural differences that will explain the headaches that you have been getting: Hotel Sizes Japanese hotel rooms are smaller than what we are used to in Australia. […]

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