The Wackiest Restaurant I’ve Ever Been To – Kawaii Monster Café Tokyo

The Wackiest Restaurant I’ve Ever Been To – Kawaii Monster Café Tokyo

“Are you ready?” says the lady with the biggest pigtails I’ve ever seen. She pushes on the double doors with both hands and opens them with a flourish. I follow awkwardly behind her, stepping into…

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Tokyo Without Tourists: 5 Places Where It’s Just You & The Locals

Tokyo Without Tourists: 5 Places Where It’s Just You & The Locals

From the last remaining tram line to the ‘old ladies Harajuku’ – discover the corners of Tokyo where you may be the only tourist among locals. I promise that the tempura, temples and taiyaki you’ll find there…

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Japan

5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Japan

Travelling in Japan reveals a new story every minute. I’ve never been anywhere that respects tradition as much as modernity; you can be praying for your fortune at a temple one minute and watching giant robots battle to…

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What Not To Do At A Japanese Onsen

What Not To Do At A Japanese Onsen

I tucked my legs to my chest to shield my lady bits and ducked all the way down so that just my chin upwards was above the water. Snow fell lightly on the rocks surrounding the hot…

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The Quirkiest Way To Try Japanese Hot Springs – Spa Resort Hawaiians

The Quirkiest Way To Try Japanese Hot Springs – Spa Resort Hawaiians

A group of ladies in blazing orange smock dresses gathered around a tower of intricately wrapped sweets chatting about which ones to take home as souvenirs. The men sat at the coffee shop nearby, sporting…

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48 Hours In Osaka

48 Hours In Osaka

If you’re a fan of finger-licking fast food and even faster rides there is plenty of fun to be had in just 48 hours in Osaka. I’ve put together this mini travel guide to the bustling Kansai…

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Onsen Etiquette – Tips For Visiting A Japanese Public Bathhouse

Onsen Etiquette – Tips For Visiting A Japanese Public Bathhouse

For a prude like myself the thought of bathing naked with a bunch of strangers terrifies me. It was not until my third visit to Japan this week, under the guidance of an Aussie expat…

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Why You Should Visit Universal Studios Japan In Osaka

Why You Should Visit Universal Studios Japan In Osaka

I’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Osaka where I was immersed in magic, movies and manga at Universal Studios Japan. If you’re a fan of that famous wizard or avidly read Japanese comics,…

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Live, Breathe & Dream Japanese Art: Review Of Park Hotel Tokyo

Live, Breathe & Dream Japanese Art: Review Of Park Hotel Tokyo

The 31st floor of Park Hotel Tokyo offers its guests the chance to live, sleep and dream in an art gallery. Transformed by a hand-selected team of Japanese artists, each room is filled with their…

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13 Times I Was Blown Away By Japanese Inventions

13 Times I Was Blown Away By Japanese Inventions

Like many first time visitors to Japan I was absolutely blown away by Japanese efficiency. Especially in Tokyo, where almost 14 million people live in an area of 2000km², it’s so incredible to see that…

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