Japan Day 6 – Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture

Tips: One thing that always stopped me from visiting Japan was the fear of not being able to read the language, therefore, not being able to get around. Don't worry, if you stay in the main city areas, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc everything is in multiple languages, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English.... Continue Reading →

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Japan Day 5 – Fight to the death

Ok, that's a bit dramatic, but that's how it felt trying to get a seat on the Sakura train heading to Tokyo. There's a lot of tourists and traffic in Japan in the spring than there was in the Winter, much more action at the stations and on the trains. Since I was unable to... Continue Reading →

Why, hello Hiroshima (Japan Day 3)

Tips: If you are planning to get reserved tickets, try to do it a day or so before you leave Hiroshima public transit does not use Passmo or Suica (IC cards that are accepted through most parts of Japan), they use something different My hotel is actually in a pretty nice area to travel, I'm... Continue Reading →

Japan Day 2

Today I woke up fairly early and did yoga and my leg workout (later this will prove to be a mistake). Today is the day that I would get to see cherry blossoms in the daylight, so off I went to Ueno park. What I wasn't quite expecting were the massive crowds. And I really... Continue Reading →

Japan Day 1

This day is sort of a wash because of the time that I land and the time it takes me to get through customs, grab my JR Pass, and my pocket wifi. If you're traveling to Japan and it isn't too much of a price difference fly into Haneda. That airport is way less crazy.... Continue Reading →

Off to Japan!

わたし は きょう 日本 へ いきます! I'm super excited to be going back to Japan and even more excited to share my time there with you all! You can tell because I smashed the Japan guide for my JR Pass against my face. I consider this Day 0 and absolute must-haves before you get to... Continue Reading →

Osaka Day 1, Kyoto Day 2

Sadly, it rained all day. For the first half of the day, it was like Seattle or London rain, no need for an umbrella (unless you aren't a local, or as I heard one Londoner say, "Carrying an umbrella makes you look like a twat."). The second half of the day, it was more like... Continue Reading →

Kyoto Day 1

Today was the first time I've ever taken a bullet train and it was AWESOME! I know...I'm so easily amused...but being able to travel has been so amazing for me...I wish this was my job. I arrived in Kyoto around 13:40 and getting to the hotel this time took much less time. I'm staying at... Continue Reading →

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