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Top 10 Unique Flavours to Explore in Japan

1. Miso What is it? Miso is a thick, textured paste made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji (a fermentation culture) as well as rice, barley and other ingredients. How do you use it? Packed full of umami, miso…...

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13 Cool Things To Do In Tokyo in the Morning

Tokyo is a not a friend to the early riser – or the jetlagged. On my recent trip, I woke up every morning around 5 am and, after a couple of hours enjoying lounging about, I was raring to explore…...

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Favourite Things to do for Families in Tokyo

A holiday to Tokyo is a fabulous choice for families – this friendly, buzzing city is perfect for adults and kids and will have you on your feet exploring for as long as you can, each and every day of…...

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Ikigai: Find Your Passion and Purpose the Japanese Way

What is ikigai (生き甲斐)? Pronounced ick-ee-guy, ikigai roughly translates to ‘reason for being’, and is essentially your true passion and calling in life—what gets you up every morning. This age-old ideology offers the answer to the one question that has…...

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Top 10 Regional Japan Experiences

A short trip from any major city, in any direction, is a Japan often overlooked. With plenty to see, do and eat, regional Japan is the place to be if you’re looking to avoid the tourist traps and discover the…...

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Moreing Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a mountain resort town in Nagano Prefecture. From Tokyo, it’s a 65 min one-way trip by Hakutaka Shinkansen or 75 mins if you take the slightly slower Asama Shinkansen (both are covered by the JR Pass). In winter, Karuizawa…...

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Road to Shiretoko Peninsula

Read part 1: Journey to Eastern Hokkaido here. We drove towards Shiretoko Peninsula – considered to be Japan’s last unexplored region. The name ‘Shiretoko’ comes from the Ainu (the indigenous people of Hokkaido) word siretok, meaning ‘end of the earth’, and…...

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Journey to Eastern Hokkaido

I was lucky enough to visit Hokkaido’s doto region – Eastern Hokkaido on a recent trip to Japan. Places to see Notsuke Peninsula Notsuke is a curved ‘prawn-shaped’ peninsula stretching 26km into the Nemuro Strait. It is also Japan’s largest sandbank. We…...

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3 Days in Yakushima

This October, I was lucky enough to spend 3 days on Yakushima, a small, circular island 135km south of Kagoshima city. Before going, I’d heard about some of the island’s more famous attractions, like the Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge (made famous…...

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Japan Off the Beaten Path: Kanmangafuchi Abyss in Nikko

Be careful climbing down into the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, it’s slippery! We’ve all been there. Caught in a horde of eager tourists – and yes that has been you at some point – dozens of cameras and iPads blocking the artwork/landmark/thing…...

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Guide to Nagano, Kanazawa, Takayama and Shirakawago

Australian YouTuber Chloe Ting‘s guide to Nagano, Kanazawa, Takayama and Shirakawago Most people who have been to Japan have travelled through the main cities of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. If you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-track experience, I would highly suggest…...

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Ben Ungermann in Japan – part 2

Now for part 2 of my wonderful Japan trip (see part 1 here): Onomichi After eating my fill of the freshest seafood it was time to explore more of the natural beauty in Onomichi. I took a rope car to…...

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Instagrammable Food Guide To Tokyo

Eddy’s Ice Cream By Tara Milk Tea Everyone is always asking about Tokyo food, and I figured if I’m going to do this, why not make my first food list about all the Instagrammable spots. So here you have it!…...

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Ben Ungermann in Japan – part 1

Hi potential travellers! Got the bug and not sure where to go? Let me tell you about a wonderful place that combines technology tradition, rich culture, amazing cuisine and an incredible history. Sydney to Osaka You have perhaps seen some…...

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Guide To Takayama, Shirakawa-Go & Kanazawa

After doing the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka route on my first visit to Japan earlier this year, I wanted to try something a bit more off-the-beaten-path for my second trip to the country. I heard great things here and there about Shirakawa-go, Takayama…...

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