Japan

Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo, Japan: Hustle, Bustle, and Bright Lights

Tokyo is Japan’s expansive and ever-bustling capital city. You often hear Tokyo described as “another big city” but within this impossibly large metropolis there are nuggets of culture, history, and deliciousness to be found. Tokyo welcomes you with vibrant neon lights, architectural icons, fashionable residents, and the most complex rail system I’ve ever seen.   …

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Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys: Visiting Japan’s Onsen-Loving Monkeys

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 common around the world that animal tourism, and particularly animal “parks”, negatively impact living creatures and their environment. When I first realised that Japan’s famous onsen-loving Snow Monkeys were only …

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Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari: Exploring 10,000 Torii Gates In Kyoto

Fushimi Inari is the world-famous Shinto shrine in Kyoto made up 10,000 vermillion Torii gates. If you have ever looked up Japan on the Internet or Instagram, you would’ve no doubt seen pictures of Fushimi Inari. Of the over one thousands shrines dedicated to the Shinto God of Rice, Inari, this is the biggest and …

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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 to the Melbourne public transport I am used to. In Japan the trains are clean, the seats are a splendid velour, and the seats are heated for the winter. Safe …

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