Okinawa: Things to Do on this Island Getaway

As a late spring vacation, I decided to catch a plane and head on down to Okinawa - a group of islands in the south part of Japan. The islands of Okinawa are famous for its subtropical climate - and is often referred to as 'the poor man's Hawaii'. But don't let that perturb you, …

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Hiking Southern Kyoto

Waking up early in the morning on Day Three was no accident. I was set to leave Kyoto at around 5 pm that evening - meaning that I wanted to get in as many sightseeing activities as I possibly could. And with this in mind, I went off to Southern Kyoto - to visit its …

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Traveling Northern and Western Kyoto

Waking up early on Sunday morning, I wanted to get in as much sightseeing as possible on my only full day of Kyoto. Luckily for me, the day was perfect - with lovely sun shining strongly and washing away the rain. So, after eating a traditional Japanese breakfast of fish, rice and miso soup, I …

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Exploring Eastern Kyoto

Kyoto is often considered the historical centre of Japan - with plenty of shrines, temples, and other traditional places. In fact, Kyoto was previously the capital of Japan before moving to Tokyo at the end of the Edo period (1868). But even in the present day, Kyoto has maintained its historical beauty and has become …

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A 3 Day Weekend in Kyoto [Video]

Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto (京都), is famous for its Buddhist and Zen Temples, Shinto Shrines and other cultural centres. After Japan moved its capital to Tokyo in 1868, Kyoto remained the country's 'intellectual center' with traditions and cultural practices being kept alive in the city. In recent years, Kyoto has become the most popular tourist …

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Yoshimi Hundred Caves

Saitama, often thought to be a very boring prefecture, actually contains an incredible out-of-the-way, well-worth-visiting historical site: The Yoshimi Hundred Caves (吉見百穴 Yoshimi Hyakuana). Excavated in the 1880s, the tombs were originally thought to be the dwellings of pre-Japanese little people - maybe the Koro-pok-guru of Japanese folklore. But after this claim was refuted, it was …

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Lake Kawaguchiko: The Perfect View of Mt Fuji

Early one chilly winter morning, I was awoken by my blaring alarm. But instead of being struck with dread, my heart raced with anticipation. You see, I was going to finally strike an item off of my ever-increasing Bucket List: I was going to see Mount Fuji! An active volcano, Mt Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is Japan's …

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5 Things To Do In Sapporo

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is a great place to visit year round. In winter, it boasts winter festivals and sports that are the envy of Japan, while in summer, it's a great place to escape the cruel humidity of the mainland. Hokkaido itself is famous for being the largest and northern-most prefecture of Japan. …

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Cycling At The Imperial Palace

Have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo? Want to take a special someone on a date in the heart of the city? Want to spend a relaxing Sunday with your family? Well, look no further than the Imperial Palace! Every Sunday, a 3 km stretch of road around the famous palace in Tokyo is …

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Kawagoe Festival: An Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

After having used my fool-proof methods of discovering places in Japan, I decided one weekend to go to Kawagoe - a city in Saitama famous for its traditional style buildings and candy penny street. In fact, the whole town is known as Little Edo due to its traditional feel from the Edo Period (1603-1868). Little …

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