LANGUAGE: Japanese, English widely spoken

CURRENCY: Japanese yen


PRICE OF A PINT BEER: 700 yen (draft)

PRICE OF A COFFEE: 400 yen (café), 130 yen (vending machine)

WHEN TO GO: April (cherry blossom), Autumn (leaves), January/February (skiing)

EXPECT: perfection at every turn, intriguing history, some of the best food in the world, nature, friendly people, plenty of activities


Tokyo Travel Guide

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Snow Monkeys

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When you hear a name like Jigokudani Monkey Park, it is easy to conjure up thoughts of unethical animal treatment. It is sadly all too

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Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto Travel Guide: Three Days In Japan’s Cultural Capital

We stumbled out of the airport, bleary eyed from our sleepless flight, and hobbled straight onto a train bound for Kyoto. The train was different

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