7 places you need to visit that are off the beaten path in …

Most visitors to Japan tend to stick to the traditional tourist trail of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. I did this on my first trip to…

13 phrases you need to know before traveling to Japan

Traveling to Japan can be daunting if you don’t know any Japanese. I get it! Language can be a huge barrier, especially if you’ve never…

A thrift shopper’s guide to Tokyo: 6 second-hand stores you need to …

I discovered the wonders of second-hand stores in Tokyo purely by accident. I was planning my last-minute hiking trip to Kamikochi (also known as the…

9 things to do in Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is one of the most popular tourist destinations amongst local Japanese. An island prefecture located in Northern Japan, Hokkaido is famous for skiing and…

4 day Kyoto Itinerary

One of the most common questions I get asked (via email and private messages on Instagram) is what to do in Japan. I’ve previously shared more off-the-beaten-path…

9 magical photos that will make you fall in love with Japan

I’m not going to lie. I’m completely and utterly in LOVE with Japan. Since arriving back home, I usually spend my spare time looking at photos…

How to avoid the crowds when visiting Kyoto

Other than Tokyo, Kyoto is the most popular city for tourists visiting Japan. Every time I’ve visited Kyoto – whether it be during fall, in…

Packing for Japan: an all seasons packing list

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