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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If you’re new to Rhiannon Travels, I’ve published two previous posts in my ‘Things to know about Japan’ series so far: Things You Need to Know about Japan – Part 1: Transport + Navigation Things You Need to Know about Japan – Part 2: Food in Japan + Shopping Bargains Whether you’ve read one (or both! ♥️) of those posts already, you’ll know that I included a LOT of super helpful tips and information on transport, navigation, shopping and food around Japan. Considering everything I want to say about Japan in general couldn’t fit into those two posts, I decided to write my own Ultimate Guide to Japan. Here are all of the Japan travel tips I think you’ll need for a visit…

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It’s no secret – Tokyo is a very big city. Not only is it Japan’s capital, it’s also the most populated city in the world. So if you only have a few days to explore Tokyo, it can seem overwhelming. It would literally take a lifetime to explore every inch of Japan’s capital city, so don’t give yourself any unrealistic expectations. Unfortunately, you won’t see it all. If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, do some research and write a list of the things you would like to see and do. From that list, narrow it down. Put a star next to the things on your list that you really want to see. The things that you don’t want to…

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When Russell and I were researching hotels to stay during our 12 night visit to Tokyo, we were looking for one that was in a good location and was decently priced. Room size wasn’t a factor, as we knew no matter where we stayed in Japan, the rooms would be fairly small. All that mattered to us, was comfort and convenience. While browsing Expedia, we came across Shinjuku New City Hotel. After looking into the hotel and reading reviews, we ended up booking a non smoking semi-double room for all 12 nights of our stay. Since Tokyo was last on our itinerary, and we had been pleasantly surprised by our previous hotel rooms (more on those in another post!), we weren’t expecting too much…

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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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