Japan

Here you can read all the posts I’ve written about my travels in Japan!

My entire month in Japan was wonderful and traveling through the Japanese Alps was another highlight. The Alps are a beautiful region, with mountains over 3000 meters high. But it’s not just about nature, there are a lot of cultural activities as well! Like the Kenruko-en garden in Kanazawa, the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go and the Hida Folk Village in…

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Whenever I told people I would go camping in Japan, most of them looked surprised. Camping in Japan, is that even possible they would ask. Well, yes, it’s very much possible! In fact, it’s quite popular among Japanese people and there are many campsites in the country. We camped at Miyajima island, on Hokkaido and in the Japanese Alps, you…

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Miyajima wasn’t on our initial Japan itinerary. We would originally spend 2 weeks on Hokkaido but ended up flying out after 10 days instead of 14 because of the bad weather forecast. If there is one thing I learned from our 5 month trip it’s to be flexible. The second thing I learned is to follow the weather (aka, go…

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We originally hadn’t planned to go to Hiroshima but I am glad we did. While Hiroshima definitely was not the happiest place we visited during our 1 month in Japan, I think it is important to visit historically significant places like this. It’s necessary to learn about history and the impact it has on a country. Visiting Hiroshima was strange, it was bizarre…

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The valley of Kamikochi truly is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Kamikochi lies 1500 meters above sea level and is surrounded by tall and impressive looking mountains. All it took to convince me to add Kamikochi to our Japan travel itinerary was 1 picture in the Lonely Planet and it was so worth it… Hiking and camping…

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Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years and is home to countless beautiful temples. It was so hard to decide where to go in the 3 days we would be staying in the city… Don’t get me wrong, I love temple sightseeing, but I do need to mix it up with other attractions. After seeing five temples…

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One of the coolest things of my 1 month trip to Japan was hiking the Koyasan Choishi Michi pilgrimage trail. I learned about this trail via my friend Liz from Lizzie meets World who lived in Japan and gave me some awesome insider advice. I love hiking and being outdoor and thus it was a no-brainer: we would hike the Choishi…

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Tokyo, what a city! It is the most populated metropolitan area in the world, almost 37 million people live in the greater Tokyo area… I have to admit arriving in Tokyo was a little overwhelming: confusing Kanji signs everywhere, delicious smells drifting through the doors of tiny restaurants, happy jingles playing in the metro and so many people… And yet,…

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I’ve already written a lot of posts about Japan but there is so much more to share, Japan is just awesome! One of the coolest places in Japan (quite literally) is Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Hokkaido is wild, untamed and the scenery is stunning. I felt very tiny compared to the massive volcanoes and the high walls of snow…

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I have to admit I was slightly worried about finding affordable accommodation before traveling to Japan, country of the rising sun. Which is why I searched Agoda, Booking and Airbnb meticulously to find the best possible options. I am happy to say that I did and that it’s definitely possible to find cheap places to stay in Japan! Budget accommodation…

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