A SIMPLE GUIDE TO TOKYO

Location: Tokyo, Japan For the first time traveller to Japan, Tokyo will be at the top of your list and rightly so because you’ll struggle to fit in all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes into a few days. There is so much to this mega city that you could easily spend a year here

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MIYAJIMA

Location: Miyajima, Japan If you’ve seen photographs of Japan then you’ve probably seen images of a giant vermillion red gate that seems to have grown out of the sea; then you’ve seen some of Miyajima. Japan is already an island of stark contrasts mixing elements of modern and traditional, natural and man man; but here

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KANAZAWA

LOCATION: KANAZAWA, JAPAN On the western seaboard of central Honshu, you’ll find the city of Kanazawa, which prides itself as Japan’s UNESCO Creative City. Spared from the wars and incursions of fighting classes, Kanazawa has managed to foster and retain a deep artisan mindset that has remained to this day. Unlike the bigger cities of

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CLIMBING MOUNT FUJI

LOCATION: KAWAGUCHI-KO, JAPAN When planning our trip to Japan the one thing that was a non negotiable on our itinerary list was climbing Mount Fuji. To stand atop the summit of an active volcanic peak would be the pinnacle of our Japanese experience in my eyes, and I’d romanticized about scaling Japan’s iconic and spiritual

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MOUNT KOYA TEMPLE STAY

Location: Mount Koya, Japan A trip to Japan may not be complete without a mix of the token Japanese experiences of the crazy pop culture phenomenon that is the circus of Tokyo’s Ginza and Harajuku districts, blended with a touch of tradition in Kyoto for some Geisha spotting or kimono shopping. However, for a truly

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JAPAN ON A BUDGET

Location: Tokyo, Japan Siu On and I have traveled through Japan twice so far, spending a month in Hokkaido as well as a jammed pack three week trip visiting the major cities (and then some) in Honshu, and I can understand the misconception of Japan being an expensive destination to the budget traveller. However contrary

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JAPAN RAIL PASS

Location: tokyo, Japan There are three things that will kill your budget whilst traveling around Japan and that is accommodation, kitschy Japanese souvenirs and transportation. And of those three things, there is really only one that you can save a bit of money on since you can’t visit Japan and NOT buy any weird Japanese

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LAKE TOYA

A boat sits on the mirror like water of Lake Toya, with a view of trees in the background.

Location: Lake Toya, Japan As if the landscape in Hokkaido couldn’t get any more beautiful, I find myself toeing the crystal clear blue waters of Lake Toya, and I’m blown away all over again by Japan’s natural beauty. In only an hours drive from Niseko, I found myself at one of Hokkaido’s most active volcanic

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OTARU

A view of Otaru canal with old buildings covered in vines.

Location: Otaru, Japan After five days in Sapporo I started to run out of things to do, and I’d heard about a popular harbor town that sounded nice, and after a short 40 minutes train ride out of urban Sapporo we arrived in Otaru. From the train station it didn’t look like much, maybe a smaller Sapporo,

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