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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A Field Trip to Shinjuku Gyoen

Before the burst of cherry blossoms hit Tokyo (and thus the burst of insane crowds), I decided to take a trip to the famous Shinjuku Gyoen - a large national garden in the center of Tokyo's liveliest area. A few months ago, it was suggested to me that winter was one of the ugliest seasons …

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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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A Downpour on Mount Mitake

One seemingly sunny July Thursday a friend and I decided to tackle another one of Tokyo's famous mountains - Mt Mitake. Arriving at Mitake Station in the early morning, we were greeted by a yodel-inducing scene which wouldn't look out of place in The Sound of Music. With a river of clear-blue water and Mt …

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Cat Cafe Review [Video]

Cat Cafes are great places to chill out with some cats and enjoy delicious snacks. After being in Japan for over a year, I decided to finally visit one of these infamous cafes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaDg_sG8O34 Fun Fact: The Japanese word for cat is Neko (猫) and meow is translated as Nya (ニャー). [Hence Nyan Cat]

5 Basic Japanese Customs and Etiquette

When traveling to any country in the world, you should most definitely brush up on any local customs and etiquette so that you don't look like an idiot or offend anyone. So I decided to make a list of some basic Japanese etiquette for anyone wanting to travel to, or work in, Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rq9uStNbU4   …

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Trekking Mt Takao

On a beautiful May Monday, a friend and I decided to take a hike up one of the many mountains that Japan has to offer. But because neither of us is fit enough to attempt the 3776 meters that is the famous Mt Fuji, we decided to visit the lesser known (but no less beautiful) …

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Spring in Tokyo: Beautiful… but Weird

When you imagine spring-time, you imagine flowers blooming all over the place, a sense of happiness as you come out of winter hibernation, and (most importantly) a stable type of weather that gets consistently warmer. And while Tokyo has the first two down to pat, the weather is definitely anything but consistent. After an especially …

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Fun at Tokyo One Piece Tower

As a birthday treat, I decided to take a trip to the One Piece amusement park in Tokyo Tower - a new opened fun-land for children and One Piece enthusiasts. However, the park is a lot more than that - it captures the essence of one of the most famous manga and anime in Japan. …

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