Japan Archives: Guides, Tips & Travel Advice For Visiting Japan

In March 2017, Russell and I spent four weeks exploring six different cities across Japan. We started our adventure in Yokohama, where we adapted to the culture as best we could, before moving on to Osaka. After six days of adventuring in Osaka, we headed to the peaceful and beautiful city of Hiroshima. From Hiroshima, we made a brief stop in Nagoya before spending the next few days enjoying the snow in Nagano. Our last stop was twelve days in Tokyo! Read all about our adventure in the posts down below!

One Month Japan Itinerary: The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Four Week Visit

One Month Japan Itinerary: The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Four Week Visit

When my partner 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…

A Tokyo Itinerary: 12 Day Guide to Exploring Japan’s Capital City

A Tokyo Itinerary: 12 Day Guide to Exploring Japan’s Capital City

It’s no secret that Tokyo is an extremely big city. Not only is it Japan’s capital, but 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 quite literally take an entire lifetime to explore every inch of Tokyo, so don’t give yourself any unrealistic expectations. Unfortunately, you won’t see it all in one go.  If you’re planning a…

Osaka Itinerary: A Suggested 6 Day Guide To Seeing The City

Osaka Itinerary: A Suggested 6 Day Guide To Seeing The City

My partner Russell and I spent the whole month of March 2017, exploring Japan. Osaka was the second stop on our 4 week adventure, and we couldn’t be more excited! There were many things that drew us to the city of Osaka. One of our main reasons for visiting, was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Which certainly didn’t disappoint! We spent 6 days in Osaka, and there were quite a few…

How To Spend a Weekend in Hiroshima, Japan

How To Spend a Weekend in Hiroshima, Japan

During our month long visit to Japan back in March 2016, Russell and I visited a total of six different cities across the country. I can honestly say though, Hiroshima was by far my favourite. It’s definitely a must-visit while in Japan, and I wish we had stayed longer than just one full day. There are so many beautiful places to spend a relaxing day out, so much incredible scenery to enjoy, and like the…

Visiting Hakuba, Nagano: Experiencing Snow in Japan (a photo diary!)

Visiting Hakuba, Nagano: Experiencing Snow in Japan (a photo diary!)

One of the most memorable moments of my life, was experiencing snow for the first time. Back in March 2017, my partner Russell and I spent the month in Japan. During the planning stage of our trip to Japan, we knew we wanted to spend a few days further north, amongst the snow! Experiencing snow has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Living in Australia kind of limits our…

A Day in Arashiyama, Kyoto: From Big City Lights to Historic Japan

A Day in Arashiyama, Kyoto: From Big City Lights to Historic Japan

There are a lot of big, bright, bustling cities in Japan. But if you’re after the true Japanese experience, I recommend heading outside of those big cities, and exploring historic Japan. Arashiyama is a small town in Kyoto, just over an hour away from Osaka. If you’ve been traveling around the major cities, catching trains and bumping shoulders with strangers while walking down the street, Arashiyama will be quite a change of pace. We only…

Shinjuku New City Hotel: Tokyo Accomodation Review

Shinjuku New City Hotel: Tokyo Accomodation Review

If you’re looking for the perfect Tokyo accomodation, consider booking a stay with Shinjuku New City Hotel. Visiting Japan for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do, a seemingly endless amount of people, and lots of bright lights in Japan’s bustling cities. Tokyo is like nothing we have ever seen before. Before booking our trip to Japan, Russell and I did a lot of research, writing down everything we…

First Time Visitors Tips

A Comprehensive Guide to Japan: Know Before You Go!

A Comprehensive Guide to Japan: Know Before You Go!

Today I’m bringing you the ultimate guide to Japan! If you’re ever lucky enough to visit Japan, it will be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life. I promise you that. It’s almost impossible to think back on anything I didn’t like about Japan. It’s one of those places that you need to experience for yourself, because words and photographs really don’t do it justice. That being said, my goal for this article is…

Visit Japan: A Practical Guide For First Time Visitors

Visit Japan: A Practical Guide For First Time Visitors

Even if you’ve never had the chance to visit Japan before, I’m almost positive you would have at least seen or read something about the place. Am I right? You’ve probably seen the bright lights and incredible atmosphere of Tokyo. You may even be dying to visit the two Disney parks and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. But do you know the best way to travel from city to city? Or…

Transport & Navigation In Japan: Japan Rail Pass & Shinkansen

Transport & Navigation In Japan: Japan Rail Pass & Shinkansen

When Russell and I were researching our month long trip to Japan back in March 2017, figuring out the train and transport system was our main priority. We knew this would be our primary way of getting around the country, so we didn’t want to arrive in Japan, absolutely clueless as to how public transport worked. We were due to land at Haneda Airport in Tokyo at around 6am, and would need to catch public…

Japan Travel Tips: Quick Facts & Important Information About Japan

Japan Travel Tips: Quick Facts & Important Information About Japan

If you’ve never visited Japan before, it can come as quite a shock when you arrive. The Japanese do everything with such ease, it’s pretty awesome to see! There is a system in place for almost everything, and locals go about their daily lives in such a quiet manner. I’ve actually already published an article about Japan’s transport system. Click here to read it! Here are all of the Japan travel tips I think you’ll…

Shopping & Food in Japan: How & Where to Find Bargains

Shopping & Food in Japan: How & Where to Find Bargains

Japan is known for many things – most of which are ten times more advanced than the rest of the world. Not only is Tokyo Japan’s capital city, it’s also the most densely populated city in the world. Japanese people are some of the most friendly human beings you’ll meet in your life, and the scenery (both city and countryside) is absolutely incredible. The further north you travel, the more mind-blowing Japan’s scenery becomes. But…

The Best Things About Japan: What I Loved & Miss The Most

The Best Things About Japan: What I Loved & Miss The Most

Japan is a weird and wonderful place. I didn’t really know too much about the country before Russell and I decided to book our first international trip together, to spend a month exploring Japan. It wasn’t long before we realised just how amazing of a country it is. We read stories and blog posts, watched an endless amount of videos and did as much research as possible before booking anything. Although research and incredible videos…

Japan Attractions & Things to Do

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Myself and my partner Russell, are huge Harry Potter fans. We named our cat Hermione. Do I need to say more? If there was a real life Hogwarts, I’d move in tomorrow. I may be a muggle, but I’m dedicated to the magical world. Sadly, though, there isn’t a real life Hogwarts. I have no magical powers, and like other muggles around the world, have to settle with visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.…

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

Both Russell and I are huge theme park fans. Once we learned that there was a Disneyland resort in Japan, we just had to go. Tokyo is home to Disneyland and DisneySea, the most unique Disney park in the world. This park is extremely difficult to explain, as it’s a place that can’t be described in regular words. It’s incredible and the most impressive theme park I’ve ever visited. Before our visit to Japan, Russell and…

Cup Noodle Museum: Create A Cup of Noodles in Yokohama, Japan

Cup Noodle Museum: Create A Cup of Noodles in Yokohama, Japan

Japan is filled with an abundance of unique, weird and wonderful things to see and do. One of unique activities, is the Yokohama Cup Museum! Before we arrived in Japan, my partner Russell and I did a lot of research about as much as possible. We wanted to have a list of awesome things to see and do in each city we were planning to visit. After a couple of research days, this list was…