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Land of the rising sun.. 5 nights in Japan’s Tohoku region

Written by Sera J wright @photography_byron_bay Japan has been on my list of countries to visit for a long time. I lived and worked in the snow for 7 snow seasons, one in NZ and the rest in Australia, so…...

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Why Visit Onsens in Japan?

…no makeup, relaxed and feeling good… “Did you do that Japanese bath thing?” is the question often asked while discussing holidays in Japan. YES! After visiting four spa towns in Japan, each a different experience, I love it! Out of…...

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Adventures with Baby in Japan

Adventures with Baby in Japan If you are planning a holiday with your baby in a safe, clean and friendly country with lots of cultural experiences, then consider Japan! Three generations – grandparents (that’s us), my daughter and her husband…...

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Skiing in Japan with Kids: Nozawa Onsen

“Planning skiing holidays for families can be fraught – when I find a location that works I am keen to stick to the proven formula. Having experienced a superb ‘skiing in Japan with Kids’ holiday in Hakuba, I could see…...

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15 Awesome Things to Do in Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the only place in the world that you can eat Michelin-starred food for under $10, sleep in a capsule, or watch live baseball at 4am in the morning. It is without a doubt one of the busiest,…...

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Why Northern Japan is a fabulous place to Travel

“It’s so green”, murmurs the gentleman seated next to me, as our plane descends into the regional airport of Akita in Northern Japan. It is just over an hour since our take off from Haneda Airport, views over the Tokyo…...

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A Guide to Universal Studios Japan

I had honestly forgotten how much I love theme parks until I entered through the front gates of Universal Studios Japan. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face as I walked down the main street. Surrounded by cartoon characters…...

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Seeking Samurai in Kakunodate

Kakunodate Samurai Town I have always been fascinated with the Japanese warriors called Samurai since I saw the 2003 movie The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. In short the movie’s is about an American military officer, Algren (Tom Cruise), hired…...

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The Satoyama Experience in the Hida Area

By Marine Conte When I arrived in Takayama, I discovered a city rich in history but also rich in the friendliness and warm hospitality of the people living there. “The Little Kyoto of the Alps” is the nickname given to…...

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The perfect combination: Japanese skiing and an onsen afterward!

Owain Price has skied over 50 areas in Japan over the past 12 seasons, researching features for SnowAction magazine and their digital Japan Snow issues.  After a dozen winters skiing Japan I have a confession to make: for the past couple…...

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Five Lesser Known Japanese Dishes and How to Eat Them Like a Local

John Asano (http://japantraveladvice.com/) Japanese cuisine is famous the world over and is known for its fresh seasonal ingredients and immaculate presentation. Japanese food is best known for culinary delights such as sushi & sashimi, sukiyaki, tempura, soba, and udon These…...

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6 Tips For a Truly Authentic Japan Travel Experience

This article was contributed by Dean Wormald, creator of Japan Travel Mate, a Japan photo blog and travel guide. Find a festival Okazaki’s Cherry Blossom Festival There are thousands of local festivals throughout the country at all times of the…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 3) by Leon Matigian

We were totally captured by Kyoto’s beauty and charm.  Thank goodness we had booked to stay 6 nights in Kyoto as it just gave us enough time to visit and appreciate the main sights. We strolled through Gion, which is…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 2) by Leon Matigian

Kyoto is like a gift that keeps on giving.   So much to see and do.  We visited Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion), which contrary to its name, is not silver at all.  It was intended to be coated in silver…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 1) by Leon Matigian

The crescendo of our magical Journey to Japan was maximised upon reaching Kyoto.  Our six night stay in Kyoto was well rewarded with visiting temples, shrines, Imperial Palaces, beautiful gardens and parks. We were totally stunned by the size and…...

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