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Guide to Fall Foliage in Kyoto, Japan

The fall foliage season, called koyo or momiji in Japanese, is the second most popular time to visit Japan, right after Cherry blossom in Spring (Sakura). I honestly have to say that I am entirely grateful to have visited Kyoto

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Souvenirs to buy in Kyoto

Coming to Japan for the first time and being overwhelmed with so many interesting and fun things, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which souvenirs to buy in Kyoto and what to add to your list when traveling.  I

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10 Things to do in Osaka, Japan

Osaka of my favorite cities in Japan and there are so many things to do in Osaka that I tried to put together a quick guide on things you shouldn’t miss out on. 1. Visit Osaka Castle Address: Japan, 〒540-0002

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Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be surrounded by hungry deer, headbutting you, and chewing your clothes? Then Nara is the place to be! I guess feeding deer in Nara is on many people’s bucket lists when they

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Visiting Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden

Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site only about an hour away from Osaka or Kyoto, is a must-see destination while you are in the Kansai area in Japan. Built in the 13th century and continuously expanded in the following

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How to use the Bus and Subway in Kyoto

Arriving in a new city, or even a new country, that is just unfamiliar, and speaks a totally different language with a completely different writing system can be quite overwhelming. And then on top of that having to use public

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How to get to Himeji Castle from Osaka

If you are in Osaka and plan on visiting Himeji, there are a few different ways how to get to Himeji Castle best, cheapest, or fastest.  Just keep in mind that usually you will need to depart from one of

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A Guide to Visiting Osaka Castle in Japan

The early bird catches the worm – or in this case catches a glimpse of Osaka Castle without many people.
Just like other main tourist spots in Japan, you should wake up early in the morning in order to visit this beautiful castle.

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Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a very popular tourist destination in Kyoto and by very popular I mean extremely popular. Located in the western part of Kyoto, it attracts hundreds of tourists and tour groups each day. When researching things to do and see in Kyoto, I can guarantee that the Bamboo Forest will always be included just like Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkaku-ji Temple.

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Some tips when traveling to Japan

01.

Carry enough cash

Although many places accept credit cards, I always recommend that you take enough cash with you on a daily basis as some local shops might not accept cards.

02.

Get a Suica, Icoca, or Pasmo Card

You will need one of these transportation cards to conveniently travel throughout Japan. They can be bought and topped up at any subway station.

03.

Download Google Translate

Especially the Google Lense option will be extremely helpful for you in Japan. You can just take a photo of the Japanese writing and it will translate the text for you. I recommend that you download the Japanese language so that you can also use it offline.

04.

Fall Foliage & Cherry Blossom Season

The most beautiful but also most popular seasons in Japan, so make sure you book your accommodation ahead of time.

05.

Check out the Convenience Stores

When I tell you Convenience Stores in Japan are next level, I am not even lying. I have never been to a country that has such a good variety of very delicious food items at convenience stores. Do make sure to stop by and try the food and drink options!