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…

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Osaka was the second stop on our month long trip to Japan this past March. There were many things that drew us to the city of Osaka. One of my main reasons for visiting Osaka, was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Which certainly didn’t disappoint! We spent 7 days in Osaka, and there were quite a few things on our list of things to do and see in the city! It was a very…

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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…

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If you’ve been following my blog or social media accounts (Instagram in particular), for quite a while now, you would know how much of a huge Harry Potter nerd I am. Russell and I named our cat after Hermione. Do I need to say more? If there was a real life Hogwarts – even one for Muggles! – I’d move in tomorrow. But since there isn’t a real life Hogwarts, and I have mo magical…

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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…

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