4 Things to do when Traveling on the Shinkansen

4 Things to do when Traveling on the Shinkansen

Japan has a very extensive train network, including the Shinkansen which is a network of high-speed trains, that link many of the major cities on Honshu and Kyushu. Although Shinkansen trains are not the fastest trains in the world, they are one of the fastest at speeds of 320km/h! Here are 4 things you should do when you travel on the Shinkansen.

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Kawagoe: A Day Trip Back to Edo Japan

Kawagoe: A Day Trip Back to Edo Japan

I'm sure I've mentioned this at least once before in this blog but I love how in Japan, you will always find a mix of history along with the modernity, even in the biggest cities. It might be a little harder to find when you are in a large commercial area like Shinjuku but you will still very likely chance upon a shrine when you least expect it! If you are in Tokyo and are looking for a place where historical buildings are more visible, Kawagoe will be well worth a trip.

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Japanese Toilets

There were so many things that I missed about Japan after I left the country after a year there. The food, their public transit system, convenience stores, the well-mannered people, the culture, all the things that there were to see and do, their toilets... I eventually got over the fact that I no longer had all these amenities at my fingertips but when I revisited Japan this year, I was reminded again of my love for these things. Especially their toilets. And now, 3 months after my return back home, I'm still not over it.

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Back in Time in Kyoto: Arashiyama

Back in Time in Kyoto: Arashiyama

On our recent trip to Kyoto, we made a quick stop to Arashiyama. I'd actually already been here once already but my boyfriend (aka travel partner) hadn't and he loves bamboo so we decided to visit again. There are a number of things to do in the Arashiyama area including visiting temples and appreciating the breathtaking scenery but here are 3 of my favourite.

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Back in Time in Kyoto: Kiyomizudera

Back in Time in Kyoto: Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto, known for it's large wooden stage. They say that from the stage, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms during cherry blossom season and stunning red leaves during autumn. Unfortunately I've never been here during either season but I've been here twice now, both times in February, and it's still a beautiful sight!

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