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40 Photos That Will Have You Dreaming Of Japan

There are affiliate links in here.   Every now and then I go back through old trip pictures and find some that I love but never did anything with.  I've recently done it with Slovenia and Taiwan and I've slowly been going through Central America, too, but those aren't up yet.  It's Japan's turn now and some…

Packing List For Taiwan And Japan In The Winter

There are affiliate links in here. Before I left for Taiwan, I had no idea what to bring.  I had no idea what the weather was going to be like.  Hot and cold.  Helpful, right?  I also didn't know I was going to Japan until I was there, which didn't help either.  One last thing…

7 Things to Love About Tokyo

There are affiliate links in here. Tokyo was crazy, but in the best way.  It's pretty overwhelming, and can get fairly confusing navigating the streets and subways stations, which are fairly intimidating feeling like their own small towns, but there are plenty of things to love about it, too. Even if you're on a tight…

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Visiting Monkey Park Iwatayama In Winter

After our morning in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama outside of Kyoto, it was time to go to Monkey Park Iwatayama, or Monkey Park, or Monkey Mountain.  After wandering around a bit looking for it, we bought our tickets and started the 15-minute trek up from the base of Iwata Mountain. This is a fun…

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: The Perfect Kyoto Day Trip

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a Pinterest dream come true.  I remember when Pinterest first started, there were pictures of some bamboo grove all over it.  I don't know if it was this one, but once I found out there was a bamboo grove just a short train ride from Kyoto, where I was going…