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Japan Travel Blog April 2015: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Let’s start with a bit of honesty here: Exploring a snowy mountain has never been a part of any of my travel lists. I guess in a way this is why I highly appreciated the uniqueness of my time traversing the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. This route offers a tour of the Japanese Alps; of …

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Japan Travel Blog April 2015: Shirakawa-go

Nestled along the Shogawa River Valley between Gifu and Toyama is a village that has the most curious set of houses. I remember being asleep when our tour bus rolled to a stop here at Shirakawa-go, and even at my groggy state it’s hard not to notice the houses with their large and steeply-slanted thatched …

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Japan Travel Blog April 2015: Takayama Old Town

Oh sakura season, why’d you have to end so soon? When my Dad and I arrived in Japan, it was already the tail-end of sakura season. In some parts of Japan the season was already over, but here in Takayama we were able to see a little bit of the magic that seems able to …

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Japan Travel Blog April 2015: Touchdown Nagoya!

Strictly speaking, this isn’t my first time in Japan. A few years ago while on a cruise from Shanghai, our ship had to dock at Fukuoka to refuel and we were allowed to walk around the nearby area for a couple of hours.A couple of hours. Who were they kidding! This time around I was …

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My version of 10 things to experience in Japan

I don’t think any country has ever imparted such a sense of calm and zen in me before. Japan is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world, but it also houses some of the most courteous people I have ever met. As a first-timer there, I am …