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5 Favorite Experiences in Hakone

Traveling to Hakone, Japan? Here are my FIVE favorite Hakone experiences. One of my favorite places during our Japan travels, Hakone is a magical mountain town tucked halfway between Tokyo and Kyoto. It’s the perfect stop for a few…

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I fell on a crowded train in Japan and lived to tell the tale

There’s a special kind of train etiquette in Japan. Be quiet. Converse minimally. Don’t chat on the phone. Set your phone to silent. Mind priority seating. Don’t smoke. It’s pretty simple. Unless you’re a klutz like me. What I don’t understand…

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5 Favorite Food Experiences in Japan

If all the world’s a kitchen, Japan dishes out the most fascinating culinary experiences.  People may ask, what to eat in Japan? To which I respond, what NOT to eat in Japan? Japan has its own unique food culture,…

helpful apps for your trip to Japan
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Apps that Saved my A** in Japan

Japan Travel Apps Phone service-free travel is liberating. It forces reliance on physical maps and asking locals for directions. It demands observation of one’s surroundings. It eradicates digital distraction. And sometimes it causes a bit of anxiety. Switching my…

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First Impressions of Japan

Japan was a place where my general knowledge didn’t exceed beyond the stereotypes. Sure I made plenty of mistakes during this trip to Japan that could have been easily mitigated with some basic research, but my lack of research…

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5 Things I Didn’t Love About Japan

5 Surprising Things About Japan Before you all think I jumped aboard the Complain Train, take a look at my counter-post: 7 Things I Loved about Japan. There are so many things to love about this quirky country. But…

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7 Things I LOVED about Japan

7 Things to Love About Japan A first-timer to Japan, I visited this country with very little expectations and prior knowledge about what I’d discover. My first impressions of Japan led me to find some things to love about Japan and…

Travel blogger Amanda with an owl on her shoulder at a Japanese owl cafe.
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Japan Owl Cafe Experience

I went to a Japan Owl Cafe. This was my experience. We all sat at our desks. Laid before us rested a blank sheet of paper, tiny little plastic forcep, and wooden probe.  The teacher went around the classroom to…