Day Trip to Himeji Castle

If you love traditional Japanese architecture, then a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Himeji Castle, has to be on your Japan itinerary. As Himeji Station is a stop along the iconic Japanese bullet train, it is easy to reach in a day trip from either Tokyo or Osaka. In this post, Kiyoko shares …

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An Itinerary for a Kamakura Day Trip

Kamakura the former capital of Medieval Japan and looks every part the storybook setting that it sounds like. Incredible temples, lush forest, and immaculate pathways, it’s like stepping into a movie. This post comes from Kiyoko, on her blog Footsteps of a Dreamer. In it, Celeste shares how you can visit Kamakura as a day …

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A Visit to Naoshima Island

Naoshima is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. While it is only home to home to 3100 year round residents, it has become a world-class attraction where contemporary art blends into the natural landscape of the island. Home to an eclectic mix of contemporary artwork it is an amazing destination for all lovers …

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Tokyo in just 24 hours

Visiting Tokyo in Japan

Is it possible to see Tokyo in just 24 hours? Well I still haven’t made it to Japan yet, but Tokyo (Well – the entire country) is getting closer and closer to the top of the list. One of the things you come up against time and time again when backpacking is stretching your time. …

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When in Japan, make sure to visit Hakone (a wonderful town next to Mount Fuji)

Mount Fuji as viewed from Hakone

 Overview: When you travel to Japan it’s easy to get swallowed by the bustling city of Tokyo, with its highly energetic and quirky culture. If you look beyond the flashy neon lights you will discover Japan also has an entirely different side to it. The traditional Japan where culture and nature go hand in hand. …

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