A quick guide for planning your own trip vs. other options So you’ve decided to visit the land of the rising sun. You’ve written down a list of the places you want to see, the foods you want to try, and even the activities you want to experience. Now comes the hard part of budgeting for your trip and trying to figure out how much money you need to set...Read More
Japanese cities are special because of the way they combine modern, high-tech life with traditional culture and historical buildings. It can feel as though life has become fully urbanized. Like much of the world, young people move out of rural towns to explore the opportunities in large cities. But don’t be fooled – rural life in Japan still offers so much! Japan’s mountainous geography leaves it with less farmable land...Read More
It was a beautiful sunny day when we decided to go to an amusement park. COVID-19 was already taking the world by storm and countries were starting to lock themselves down. Japan is an exemption as business establishments are not on a total lockdown, but the country is still responsible for taking preventive measures. We were a bit surprised when Fuji-Q Highland was still open to the public, but fret...Read More
The beginning of spring marks the start of the new work/school year in Japan. The harbinger of this change of season is the cherry blossom tree. The bloom starts as early as January in southern locations like Okinawa, and as late as May all the way up North in Hokkaido. On the mainland the peak usually occurs in late March/early April. So if you’re planning a spring trip and want...Read More
If you have ever been to Japan, you’ve probably visited at least one shrine/temple if not more. When debating which Shinto or Buddhist spiritual centers to visit while here, you’ll frequently find recommendations for some of the most famous shrines and temples. For example, The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Sensouji-Temple and Meiji-jingu Shrine in Tokyo, and Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. From small ones to well-known ones, there are more...Read More
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