If you have a few solo travel experiences to other destinations under your belt, you can navigate the complexities and craziness of Japan. Of all the countries I have visited, Japan would have to be the only place where it would not be recommended for someone who was travelling solo for the first time. Continue reading “Three Survival Tips for Japan”
For many spring time in Japan is a scene of blossoming cherry, plum and wisteria trees which start in the south and move gradually north. Tourists from around the world converge on the small islands of Japan in order to catch a glimpse of the fleeting cherry blossoms which only bloom for a short time before falling to the ground like snowflakes. During the last two weeks I was fortunate to catch sight of the cherry blossoms as I travelled through Japan. Continue reading “Cherry Blossom Time”
While in Japan I had the opportunity to sleep in a traditional Monastery run by Buddhist monks. Although you sleep on a futon on a tatami mat, it is actually extremely comfortable.
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Dating back more than 900 years, tea ceremonies in Japan were a way of welcoming guests . Participating in one yourself is a must if you visit Japan. Which is what I did today on my first day in Osaka.
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