Golden week, and how to survive it!

OK everyone travels in Golden Week it's the only week off where all the tourist attractions are open and you're not expected to see your family... right? Living in Japan others and I know how much of a disaster traveling in Golden Week can be mainly because everywhere is fully booked or too full etc... …

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Day out in Tokyo: Nezu Shrine and Ueno

Having a small budget I tried to keep my transport costs to a minimum so I looked for areas in close proximity to each other. The places I chose were Nezu and Ueno. Nezu Shrine- The Tori gate path Nezu Shrine is a small Shinto shrine and is free to wonder around. There is a …

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Quick guide to children’s TV characters in Japan

If you're here you have probably insulted a 4 year old saying you like their Power Ranger toy. In which they have corrected you by saying it's Kamen Rider and looked at you as though you are the stupidest person on the planet. Even after 4 years here I can't remember all the characters from …

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Arashiyama, Kyoto’s bamboo forest but wait there’s more!

I chose to write about Arashiyama today, not just because I visited it yesterday but because it's an overcrowded place to visit. Like a lot of Kyoto Arashiyama has a lot of tourists... it's like going round Disneyland, where people randomly stop to take photos of each other and have to wait a long time …

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