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After living in Japan for over six years, we know all the secret and best places to go. We’ve got many articles showing the best this amazing country has to offer.

Snow Monkeys in Hot Tubs – Bucket List Japan

Snow Monkeys in Hot Tubs - Bucket List Japan

I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated with any type of animal, especially monkeys! So, anytime that I have a chance to see them in the wild, I take it. On our last road trip through Japan, we rented a car and drove over a good portion of the island of Honshu taking in some quirky sights, eating kobe beef, and even making Cup O’ Noodle noodles.  It certainly wasn’t out of the question to visit the bathing snow monkeys and we added to the itinerary. Seriously, snow monkeys in hot tubs! That’s a sight everyone needs to see. Where Are the Snow Monkeys in Japan? The best place to see snow monkeys in hot springs is at the Jugokudani …

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When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Comparing All 4 Seasons in Japan

Autumn in Japan sees the fields of red buckwheat bloom in Minowa.

Japan. Exotic, futuristic, traditional. It’s on everyone’s bucket list, because it has so much to offer. The main question is, when is the best time to go to Japan? We outline each season for you, and what you can do to make the most of your trip during that time! When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Which season has the best weather? What festivals are the most interesting? What kinds of food are eaten each season? These are all great queries. And the answers? Anytime is the best time. All four seasons in Japan have their pros and cons. Spring is green and warming up, so it’s not uncomfortable and there’s lots to do. Summer is hot and …

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Visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine – Kyoto

The Fushimi Inari Shrine - The Number 1 Thing To Do In Kyoto

The old capital of Japan, Kyoto is a fascinating city of old imperial sites and even older temples and shrines. You can easily spend a week exploring all of the important sites, tracking Geishas, and soaking in hot spring water. The shrines and temples range from the spectacular and flamboyant Golden Pavillion to the whimsical and bizarre Otagi Nenbutsu. Arguably, the Fushimi Inari Shrine is probably the most iconic shrine in Kyoto. The bright orange gates winding through a crisp green forest act like a tourist magnet. Travelers and locals alike clamber for a break in the sea of people to try and capture their visit, but don’t let this stop you. It is well worth spending at least half a day wandering the …

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Day Trip to Kamakura and its Beach!

Kamakura- A Great Day Trip from Tokyo.

Kamakura, only a short train ride from Tokyo, is a must-see when visiting Japan. Whether you are traveling around the country or on a work trip and staying mostly in the city, Kamakura affords you a chance to get a breath of fresh air. From watching the surfers at Kamakura beach to enjoying the peaceful temples and shopping for all things kawaii (cute) or traditional, this little city really has it all. In one day trip to Kamakura, you will be refreshed and either ready to go right back to work or head off to explore more of this gorgeous country. Getting to Kamakura from Tokyo and Other Major Cities From Tokyo – From Tokyo Station, Take the JR Yokosuka …

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The Best Accommodation and Hotels in Japan

Hotels in Japan are run the gamut, but all of them are welcoming like this one in Kusatsu Onsen.

When budgeting for travel around Japan it is imperative to think about your accommodations. Hotels in Japan run from small and cheap to sprawling and extremely expensive. Many of the hotels are just a place to spend the night, but other types of accommodations in Japan,  like capsule hotels or ryokans,  provide a full on Japanese experience, and we fully recommend you try different types of stays while you are here,  so you can get a true picture of Japanese travel culture. We’ve compiled a list of not only our favorite places to stay in this amazing country, but we’ve enlisted the help from some other travel pros as well.  We’re sure you will find the best stays for your …

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A Visit to Matsumoto – Castle and Art

Matsumoto Castle with red bridge - number one thing to do in Matsumoto

On a clear, sunny day, we decided to leave our comfy living room couch to take a day trip a few hours north to see Matsumoto. We’d heard tons about this small city, especially about its famous castle. We quickly learned that you can easily spend a full day, or even a weekend, in Matsumoto. We’ve been wanting to take advantage of the warmer weather, and this town is considered a city of the arts, mainly because it is the birthplace of Yayoi Kusama. We were so ready to visit Matsumoto and her castle and art museums, a must-do while in Japan, even though we were going to have to go back for the world famous Ice Sculpture Festival in …

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Winter in Matsumoto and The Ice Sculpture Festival

The Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival and competition is a great reason to take a weekend and head to Matsumoto. Competitors carve their sculptures overnight in frigid temperatures, and the results are stunning. Click here to find out more about Matsumoto in winter.

Daruma Fair at Jindaiji Temple

Daruma Fair - Good Luck Wishes in Japan.

Looking for a cultural fair that will bring you some good luck in the New Year? The Daruma fair and market will help you attain your dreams and wishes. Check it out.

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