Things to see and do while backpacking in Japan.
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Why go to Nara Park?
Nara Park is famous as one of the most picturesque and oldest parks in Japan. It is a sprawling 502 hectares of beautiful sights and is home to many cultural landmarks of the City of Nara. But what the park is famous for is the 1,200 residents of the Park: Deer. That’s right, Nara Park is best known as the Deer Park of Japan.Art
Time to loosen up!
Now, to bring a smile to all those party animals shifting in their shoes – you can drink and dance away to your heart’s content here and surely there is no doubt in anyone’s mind about the German beer! I am not much of a drinker so I shan’t advise you on what alcohol you should and shouldn’t have but what I will recommend, is visiting Sachsenhausen. A street full of bars and pubs, Sachsenhausen is one of the most lively and beautifully lit areas in Frankfurt. And for those of you wanting to shake their bodies, make your way to Gibson’s at Kontablerwache – one of the most visited and popular clubs in Frankfurt (be prepared for long lines – we stood out there for an hour!). Those looking for exclusivity may want to visit Club 101 – a club located on the 25th floor of the Japan Centre, which opens just once every month (you may want to time your vacation accordingly for this). With many more distinctive and offbeat clubs, Frankfurt should be able to satiate your fidgeting feet ?.Aishwarrya Deore
OSAKA Amazing Pass: A ticket for having more fun with less cost
If you are planning a trip that you would like to stay in OSAKA for deep travel, do not miss to add this ticket/the pass on your list. Osaka is the biggest city in western Japan, has more than 2 million population. In this kind of busy city, it has a very convenient underground system but complicating. Well, if you are not good at the direction… You can stay here for 1 to 7 days and make your unique experience in this modern city.chia-hsin-chen
Nearest metro: Meijijingu-Mae Station inside LaForet.
Japan is well known for its dress-up experiences, with many choosing to try on traditional Geisha outfits, but if you feel like something modern and ultra Kawaii you might want to try this. Step into the closet of this elegant boutique and emerge a different person.Leanne Dickinson
My 40 hour Journey
Originally, I had planned to go to Japan during my one week October holiday in Taipei and also climb the mountain during that time period, but after finding out the climbing seasons starts July 1st and goes until September 10 every year, I realized I had 3 weeks before the season is over!! Woohoo, another spontaneous last minute adventure!Addie
An Introduction to Sushi
Now I eat and breathe sashimi, which is the Japanese word for raw sliced fish. Not only is it one of the more sophisticated tastes of one’s palate with, when done right, an almost creamy yet crisp texture it is actually so damn good for you! It has even be penned as ‘Smart Fuel’ by Mark of Marks Daily Apples due to its sensational concoction of the essential fatty acids and nutrients with no carbohydrates and loads of protein it serves as perfect sustenance. I wouldn’t go as far as turning to an all sashimi diet just yet, as there are a few risks in case the fish hasn’t been handled properly or it might have been fished from uncertified or unsustainable areas so it can contain a lot of bacteria. However rest assured the chefs at Sushi Dai are experts at their trade and they do deliver when it comes to their art.Chanel Donahoe
Where Is Ishigaki?
ISHIGAKI has got just that… Off the coast of Okinawa, JAPAN. This island has exceptional local people, food and most of all crystal clear water with many activities to go with it. Before even landing, you could see the beauty that awaits.Marcella Giovanna
Osaka: The Deliciousness
I love food, Yes! good food is bliss, whether eating by yourself or with others. Every meal time should be celebrated. It’s a great fortune to have food and to able to eat, it’s a greater fortune to be open to different kinds of foods. And when you have to opportunity to travel and eat foods from different places, you enrich your taste buds, the sweet, the sour, the bitter of different nations, you can even get to understand a people and open up to them through their cuisine. I hated garlic and its smell, before going to China, after experiencing it, I now use garlic almost all the time. I didn’t understand spring onions before going to Japan, now it’s a must for my cooking. I didn’t understand cheese before going to Europe, I still don’t haha, but am getting there. It’s amazing to see how other people make something out of the same rice you know, the same chicken, the same vegetables. that’s why I don’t understand when people travel to a new place and bring their own food or snacks, if you have the courage to go there, you might as well experience all that there is to the place, especially the food.Terngu
Hot Springs Around the World
In the past year, I’ve travelled to the East (hitting Japan) back to the West (In Yellowstone National Park, USA), and somewhere in the middle (Iceland). And although these countries couldn’t be more different from one another, there was one thing that I managed to find in all of them. Hot springs. As I came to find out after having three vastly different experiences, the term hot springs is a very loose definition. Some are heated naturally through geothermal springs and some are artificial. Some are luxurious, costly experiences, and some are unmonitored and free for all to enjoy.Rachel Lung
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Hot Springs
The combination of communal bathing and flat-out nudity make Japanese onsens one of the stranger experiences for many travellers visiting this wonderful country. These places are often far too easy to overlook and miss out on, due mainly to their birthday suit dress code. This is a shame because once you get past all of that, you will discover that onsens are supremely relaxing, not to mention the long list of health benefits of these public hot springs/baths.Jamie Campbell
Japan: Tokyo for the anime/manga fan
Since I was a young, young child, I have always dreamed of going to Japan. This mainly came about through my love of everything Japanese- in fact, I was (and still am, actually) often mistaken for being a Japanese because of how crazy about the culture and country I apparently am! But my love for the country started out with something I believe to be a common trait for us foreigners- the mangas, and the animes.Rei
Island Off Okinawa, Japan
As a country that safeguards its unique culture while keeping up with the rest of the world, Japan’s charm lies in its distinct ways of the modern and the traditional. Each of its prefectures has character that cater to different types of traveler – from temple and shrine enthusiasts to night owls and fans of Japanese cuisine to anime to Harajuku fashion. While being all these, Japan is rarely about one thing – beaches.Teng Correa
Yokohama, the elegant neighbor
When it comes to traveling in Japan, most people will tell you the same: you must see the electric and fashionable Tokyo, the traditional and peaceful Kyoto, the funky and friendly Osaka. This is all probably true. But what about the great neighborhood of the capital city? Yokohama, second largest city of Japan by population after Tokyo, has everything to offer: excellent food, beautiful views, tiny streets and huge shopping centers, many authentic places, and of course the port. Let’s have a look around!Aurelie Vandecasteele
One of the most popular dishes in Japan is sushi, and it is a must try as a visitor to the country. There are traditional sit down sushi restaurants and sushi-go-rounds, where your food is delivered to you on a conveyor belt. These restaurants can be found all over Tokyo. One common chain is Hamazushi. Here, you order your appetizers, sushi, and dessert from a screen. There are also plates of already made sushi rolling by on the conveyor belt that are available to enjoy immediately. The sushi is usually in the form of nigiri (two pieces of fish over rice), regular rolls, or hand rolls. Hamazushi (and most other sushi restaurants) have traditional raw fish, but also have dishes of cooked fish as well, in case you’re new to trying sushi and are a little nervous about the consumption of raw fish.Alyse Gibson
Japan: More Than Just Mangas and Animes
When you hear the word Japan, anyone can immediately associate it with ramen, kimono, sakura, geishas among many other words which we have used in daily conversations. However, I would like to target some readers who want another perspective of what Japan can offer rather than the obvious. So, what else is there really, you ask?Reg Alvarez
Highlights from Kansai, Japan
Growing up watching tokusatsu, anime, samurai movies, and eating Japanese food, have made me very fond of Japan and their culture. Last August presented itself as a great opportunity to visit Japan when an unplanned trip to the local travel fair scored us some really sweet airline deals.Noel Lanto
Exploring Japan: Top 4 Unique Things To Do
Once the Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is now a popular destination for world travelers who have their eyes set on Japan. Most people who visit usually plan a detailed itinerary, making sure they see all the famous sights in Kyoto. The city is one of the few left in Japan that has carefully preserved many of their prewar traditional buildings. However, the rise of modernization has unquestionably paved way for newer and modern buildings. Despite this transformation, Kyoto continues to remain an important cultural and religious center for the Japanese. The enigmatic city embraces new and old traditions, carrying the past into the present and future.Sharon
A Capsule Hotel in Asakusa
Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. How many of us have dreamt of travelling this melting pot of culture and food? Well, please bear with me as I cannot stress how much I love going around this country! What made Japan so unique were the constant quirks and hidden surprises along my travels around there. One of the few things that caught my attention was the capsule hotel I had stayed at at Asakusalim-yuyi
How to eat & drink in Japan
For someone who had no intention of ever trying Japanese food, let alone liking it, Japan’s cuisine really struck me and my stomach by surprise. Oh my gosh the food. Once you eat Japanese food, you’ll never go back. It’s handy to know that Japan is one of the safest (and cleanest) countries in the world and you’re unlikely to get sick.Kate Bertram
What too see your first time in Tokyo
When I decided to visit Japan, I was afraid of getting lost and being overwhelmed by the masses of people. This was especially true concerning Tokyo, the capital city of Japan with a population of 13 million. I am coming from a small country, and the city where I live my whole life has only around half a million people, so it sounded kind of intimidating.nora-butvinova
Japan Travel Guides
Visit Nagoya, the forgotten city of Japan!
Friday, March 8, 2019
I bet you’ve barely heard of Nagoya! The city has the reputation of being one of the most boring of Japan and I guess lost between Tokyo and Osaka on the way to Kyoto, it is easy to overlook. And yet, travelers have no idea of what they are missing! As…
Alternative Things To Do in Japan
Monday, December 31, 2018
Have you been on trips where you enjoyed yourself and the place but felt like you have just been to the same spots as everyone else? Or maybe, you’ve been to this country before but would like to try and experience new things? You’re not alone. More and more frequent…
Free Things To Do in Champaign-Urbana
Thursday, October 25, 2018
If you’re like me (and you probably are at least a little bit), you have great travel intentions that are held in check by a very reasonable, modest (read: extremely tight) budget. If you find yourself traversing The United States on a college-town tour, you might find yourself checking out…
Sakhalin island: what travelers can find on the edge of the world
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Once I came out from the jet and felt the sea flavor: Sakhalin. A very first impression was, that Sakhalin looks like other islands: green and untouched like Bali, cold and changeable like Iceland, but now I know for sure – it’s not so simple. What about the weather? Sakhalin…
Okinawa Island by public transport!
Monday, October 1, 2018
Okinawa, the sunny island, full of history and culture. With people from many walks of life coming together. Many who have plans of visiting Japan might not think of Okinawa. But if you get the chance, do not give this a miss. Because there is something for everyone here. Okinawa…
Layover in Narita: A Quick Transit & Stay Cultural Tour
Monday, October 1, 2018
If you ever find yourself with a half-day or so layover transiting through Narita airport in Japan (the airport most commonly used for Tokyo), be sure to take full advantage of the Transit & Stay Program. There are eleven free tours covering all of Narita’s must-see and must-do attractions, ranging…
Nagasaki - A Budget Friendly Destination in Japan
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
I have been to over ten different prefectures in Japan, and Nagasaki City is by far the most traveler friendly place I have visited to date. All of the main sites are centrally located and easily accessible by tram. The maps at the tram stations are explicit and equipped with…
8 places to visit in the city of Bor and eastern Serbia
Monday, April 2, 2018
Mining tourism exists in Serbia. There is one city in Serbia that many tourists refer to as a Serbian Disneyland. Did you know that there is such a thing in the world? Yes, there is, and its name is Bor. Anyone who comes to this city located in eastern Serbia,…
EASY HIKING ADVENTURES AROUND TOKYO
Saturday, March 17, 2018
During my everyday life in Tokyo, I happened to meet a lot of travelers who, attracted by the worldwide fame of this buzzing metropolis, fly to Japan and venture to explore the city’s restless streets. Akiba’s Electric Town with its cheap electronic shops, manga & anime stores; Harajuku, the heart…
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Hot Springs
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The combination of communal bathing and flat-out nudity make Japanese onsens one of the stranger experiences for many travellers visiting this wonderful country. These places are often far too easy to overlook and miss out on, due mainly to their birthday suit dress code. This is a shame because once you…
Lunar New Year special, shopping in Mong Kok /Hong Kong, China
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Looking for the best exchange rate in town? Where is the local shopping area? How to save your time in transport? Best exchange rate inside the most dangerous place /Tsim Shi Tsui Shops in Hong Kong don’t accept other currencies but usually accept credit card. It is necessary to bring…
Fly In and Out of Tokyo to Climb Mt.Fuji in 40 Hours
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Things to Know Before You Go Climbing Season What?! There’s a climbing season for Fuji!? Yes, those were my exact thoughts too! The climbing seasons starts July 1st and goes until September 10 every year. If you go outside of the climbing season, you will need to apply for a permit….
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