When Russell and I were researching and planning our month long trip to Japan, we knew we wanted to fit in as much as we could in those four weeks. Japan may be a fairly small island country, but there is a ton to do and see. It would take an entire lifetime to explore Tokyo alone. We wanted to hit as many cities as we could, cross off as much as possible, and have the time of our lives while we were at it. I’m happy to report that all three of those goals were achieved! We managed to travel to 6 cities over a four week period. Those cities were: Yokohama, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Nagano and Tokyo. We didn’t want…

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Welcome back, friends! In part 1 of my ‘Things you need to know about Japan’ series, I talked about the Japan Train system. I listed and explained everything I know about the easiest and least stressful ways to navigate your way around the country. If you missed my Japan Train System post, you can check it out out here. From that post, we learnt that your best friend will be the Japan Rail Pass (only available for non-Japanese tourists/travellers visiting for less than 90 days). The JR Pass lets you travel using the Shinkansen Bullet Train, between almost every city in Japan. This option is a LOT cheaper than it would be if you were to purchase those tickets separately. But we’re getting off track. This isn’t a post…

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On Monday, Russell and I took three trains from our hotel in Osaka, to the small Kyoto town of Arashiyama. When we started researching Japan in the middle of last year, we discovered the Arashiyama Monkey Park. This was our main intention in visiting this town, however due to it being pretty difficult to find, we didn’t end up making it there. That was okay, though. Because while wandering around the town, we discovered that there was a lot to do in this small country Japanese town! Once we got off the train, we wandered up a hill and came across a beautiful view of the town. I also had my first cherry blossom tree sighting! There are a few cool…

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Visiting Arashiyama, Kyoto! Russell (my partner, if you’re new here) and I have now been in Japan for six days, and up until today, we’ve spent a large portion of our time exploring the big cities with huge buildings, flashing neon lights and overwhelming crowds of people. So spending today in the historic and beautiful town of Arashiyama, Kyoto was a welcoming change of pace. Currently, we are staying in the city of Osaka. Our hotel is around a half an hour walk from the crazy shopping streets of Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. If you’ve never been to Japan before, it’s hard to explain just how intense and overwhelming Dotonbori is. Especially in the late afternoon and early evening. By seven o’clock at night, you can barely…

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