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Travel in Japan

Japan is a country of contrasts.  From the snowy northern reaches of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa.  From the historic shrines and castles of the feudal towns to the futuristic electronic superstores in Tokyo.  And as a foodie who could ignore the contradictions of simple bowl of rice that must remain completely unadorned to the complex and perfectly balanced traditional kaiseki-ryōri menu.  You are never quite sure what to expect next in Japan but it’s almost certainly going to be an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

If your here in the early stages of planning your trip you may want to browse the full content – you’ll click the link to head directly to our archive of Japan Travel articles.  However there are now hundreds of posts on this incredible country so if you scroll down below we’ll  group it into regions and categories that should help you find what you are looking for much faster.

If you’re looking for something  specific you can also try the search function.  There’s a search box in the sidebar to the right, just type a word of phrase and it will return the nearest matches.  If you’re really stuck or have specific questions you can get in touch through our contact us page.

Which cities and regions are you most interested in?

If you’re planning to travel in a specific city click the button below to identify posts related to that region.


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Tips on getting around in Japan

We have a range of posts to help you get around in Japan and understand the value and convenience of different transport options.

Transport tips for Japan

And some general Japan Travel tips for visitors

Tori at the entrance to Enoshima Shrine

Seasons Matter

We live in a sub-tropical climate in Queensland, Australia.  Our seasons aren’t clearly defined so it’s such a novelty to experience them in Japan.  Not only are they each distinct in weather but you’ll find the natural landscape, the festivals and styles of food are all quite different.

Read more about Spring in Japan

Read more about Winter in Japan

Sakura - Cherry Bossom

Festivals

There are so many fabulous festivals in Japan and they are a great way to interact with the local community.  They also provide an opportunity to learn a little about the history and culture of the country.  This link will take you to a full list of our festival and event posts or you can follow the links below to some of the more popular ones.

An Adventure in Japanese Food

Finally one of the essentials of travel is to enjoy, or at least try, the local cuisine.  In Japan there’s so many dishes that I love, a handful I was happy to try once or twice and very very occasionally something that I refuse to eat such as the whale meat restaurant in an arcade in Sapporo.  It might have been a once in a lifetime experience but I just couldn’t do it.   Here are a few of the top choices though.

 

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Latest articles from Japan

Daigoji temple - Bentendo Hall

Daigoji Temple and a Sakura Festival

Local festivals are a great time to visit a Japanese Temple or Shrine. This large UNESCO listed temple is especially beautiful during the cherry blossoms and the Hanami Gyoretsu festival but it’s not the only season that it’s excels.

Umeda Sky Building in Osaka, Japan

Umeda Sky Building Views Over Osaka

Get a birds eye view of Osaka city from the Umeda Sky Building. Orientate youreself ready to start exploring and spot iconic locations like Osaka Castle and the lights of Dotonbori.

Central Kyoto Walking Tour

Kyoto Walking Tour – Central Kyoto

Explore the city with this self guided Kyoto walking tour around central Kyoto. Follow the marked route or pick attractions to suit your interests. This Kyoto walking tour of central Kyoto is entirely self guided.  Take it at your own pace and spend the most…