Japan

Japan is an enigmatic and multifaceted country, full of contrasts and beauty. Every time I go, I discover new wonders and I fall in love with it a little bit more. Discover itineraries, stories and tips for your visit to Japan here! I hope that my successes and my mistakes will help you organize the adventure of a lifetime!

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Tokyo in 2 days along the Yamanote Line

In the world there are Tokyo people and non-Tokyo people. Tokyo people thrive in the flashy, high-tech, ultramodern, chaotic environment of the city: the crowded crossroads, the bustle around every corner, the variety of choices, the trends and the unconventional, the utterly fascinating alienation, the endless possibilities… I’m not a Tokyo person. I need my ...

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Hiroshima & Miyajima

I was in Hiroshima only for a couple of days, but it was one of the most emotionally-charged places I’ve ever visited. The city itself is not incredible, but both Miyajima and the A-Bomb Museum make the trip more than worth it. The A-Bomb: dome, museum and peace park The bombarded area stands out in downtown Hiroshima ...

Day trips from Kobe – Arima Onsen & Himeji

Arima Onsen Guide If you are in Kobe and long for a relaxing getaway, Arima Onsen is the place to be. Arima Onsen is a small hot spring town only a bus ride away from Kobe. It takes around 50 minutes by direct bus from Sannomiya, which is the cheapest option, or as little as half an ...

10 things to do in Kobe

Kobe is underrated. It has been my home for a full year and I can safely say that it’s one of the most welcoming places I’ve been to in Japan. Historically more open to foreigners than most Japanese cities, Kobe has a little bit of everything: beaches, mountains, city vibes without being too big, green ...

Day trips from Kyoto – Nara & Uji

Getting bored of Kyoto is almost impossible, but the Kansai area has a lot of other little gems that are perfect for day trips. Nara Nara is a cultural treasure that people often skip for lack of time, not knowing what they’re missing. Old Japanese capital, it’s the cradle of the classical Japanese civilization that we know ...

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Living Kyoto like a local

Kyoto like a local Kyoto is possibly my favourite place in the whole world. It has the commodities of a big city while preserving its traditional Japanese soul. Kyoto is a city that deserves more than a couple of days rushing through the temples… it deserves to be savoured little by little and understood in all ...

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Kyoto: a guide to temples and shrines

Kyoto is home to an incredible number of temples and shrines. I am one of those people who never really gets tired of these kinds of things, they never look “all the same” to me. Therefore, I spent days exploring as many as I could, taking notes and pictures. Today I selected some of them ...

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Osaka with a 2-day pass

48 hours and 50 attractions in Osaka I landed in Osaka, excited and terrified, on a mushiatsui (hot and humid) day of June 2011: after dreaming about it for a long time, my dream of visiting Japan was finally coming true. After 3 years of Japanese studies, that country looked very familiar and very exotic and ...

A first time visitor’s guide to Japan

What to try + Basic etiquette Japan is the most amazing country I’ve ever been to. When it comes to Japan there’s no in-between: you either fall in love with it or you suffer a deep cultural shock and hate it. I am very biased, but I find the multifaceted and multilayered soul of Japan deeply ...