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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…

The Perfect Packing List For Taiwan And Japan In The Winter

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. 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…

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10 Best Things To Do In Kyoto In Winter

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them. I loved Kyoto.  I had no idea I was going to visit Japan when I left home for Taiwan.  When I first got there, I was not enjoying it.  I had planned five weeks in Taiwan and decided to…

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Kyoto To Nara Deer Park: The Perfect Day Trip In Japan

Have you ever wanted to know how to make new friends?  Look no further!  This is how you do it.  Granted, they will be deer, not people, but who doesn't want a deer friend?  My point exactly.  Everyone does. I didn't do pretty much any sort of planning going into Japan, but I sort of…

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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…