How to Spend One Day in Nara

With my trip to Japan coming to a close, I chose to take a day trip out of Kyoto and explore its neighboring city of Nara. I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit Nara’s temples and most importantly, the deers! For a few brief decades from 710 to 784, the capital of […]

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Travel Guide: KYOTO

Wide-eyed with enchantment, I stroll leisurely through the narrow lanes of Higashiyama District, overflowing with complete disbelief that I was not a) time traveling and/or b) lucid dreaming. The streets of Higashiyama are paved with cobble stones and are lined with wooden Japanese buildings. Cafes, restaurants, and traditional merchant shops are situated side by side along the […]

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Useful Tips When Traveling to Japan

1) Fly to Haneda not Narita International Airport If you’re like me and Tokyo is your first stop, make sure to book your flight to land at Haneda, not Narita International Airport. Flying to Haneda will save you not only time but money as well. Narita airport is located about an hour or so away by train from […]

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Travel Guide: OSAKA

After 3 days in Tokyo, it was time to move on and explore the rest of Japan. I left bright and early in the morning, ready for my next adventure: OSAKA!

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Travel Guide: TOKYO

It was eight long months in the making… eight months of hunting cheap airfare, reviewing shrines, booking hostels, researching restaurants, studying subway maps, and learning conversational Japanese. It was almost an out-of-body experience. Eight months of planning all leading up to this moment. My brain needed time to register it all in. Am I really doing this? […]

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