17 Things to Know BEFORE Hiking the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail

Kumano Kodo

If you’re considering hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo trail, you are in for a real adventure. Deep in the Kii Peninsula, you can easily find yourself lost at another time. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail is why you travel to Japan. It’s where you can disconnect and feel at peace with the nature around you. I …

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What to Wear in Japan? The ULTIMATE Japan Packing List

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We receive many questions from readers about what to pack for their trip to Japan. So, we set out to help our readers determine what to wear. After traveling around Japan for years, we’ve crafted a helpful packing list. It’s not a big deal if you’re struggling with what to pack for Japan. Our best …

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30 UNIQUE Things to Do in Osaka, Japan

Things to do in Osaka

Japan’s third-largest city is Osaka. The city is huge, with a population of over 2.5 million, and is bustling with plenty of things to see in Osaka. It isn’t always on the traditional Japanese tourist trail like Kyoto and Tokyo, but it is full of life and things to do. Osaka has plenty of great …

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31 Fun Facts About Japan You Should Know

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After some interesting facts about Japan? Japan is a land of amazing culture, delicious food, unique sights, and plenty of history, but did you know that the name “Japan” is believed to come from the Chinese characters “日本” (pronounced Nihon or Nippon), which means “origin of the sun” or “sun’s origin” reflecting Japan’s location to …

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30 Japan Travel Tips To Know Before You Go

No country is more notable in its ability to provide culture shock than Japan. Thanks to its unique culture, world-class service, amazing food, polite people, and many activities, Japan is an amazing place to travel around. The country is endlessly fascinating and one of our favorite places to travel in the world. As first-time visitors …

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30 Japanese Culture Facts That Will BLOW Your Mind

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After some interesting facts about Japanese Culture? There’s a lot to know about this amazing country, so it’s hard to narrow Japanese culture facts down into a single blog post, but we’re going to try! Honestly, if I were forced to pick a favorite country to travel to, it would have to be Japan. Not …

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Niseko Ski Resort: 25 Things to Know BEFORE You Visit

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We wake up early in our bed in Niseko Village and realize we made it—we are finally here. It’s a chilly December morning, our first day in the famed Japanese ski resort. We see nothing but white, fluffy, powdery snow from our hotel window. It’s 7 a.m., and it’s been dumping all night with no …

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25 BEST Things To Do In Kyoto, Japan

Things to do in Kyoto

So you’re in Japan’s cultural city and looking for the best things to do in Kyoto? Well, we have you covered. Kyoto is one of the top places to visit in Japan. It carries a world-class reputation and was once the capital of Japan. Needless to say, there is a lot to do in Kyoto. …

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12 Best Things To Do In Niseko In The Winter

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If you’re after the legendary powder of Hokkaido, you may wonder what are the best things to do in Niseko. A ski trip to Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you will certainly want to make the most of it by enjoying everything on offer. We’ve spent several weeks over the years enjoying the legendary …

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Japanese Bath House: A Foreigners Guide to Sauna & Sentos

A Japanese bath house (or sentō) has been an essential part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years. Every day, people from all over the country head to the sentō to enjoy their bath. While this is common in Japan, a sentō is not well known to westerners. With more and more foreigners traveling …

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