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Tokyo's most stunning cherry blossoms spots

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions I get about Japan is “where are the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo?” and the...

Sakura on Mount Yoshino: Find amazing views of a thousand cherry trees

A part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains, and designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Yoshino is...

My Five Travel Must-haves

My packing list tends to vary by location and season. If there’s a beach or pool, I pack my bikini. If there are mountains and snow, I bring my...

Cherry blossom in full bloom

Cherry blossom, or sakura, season is one of the most beautiful AND popular times of year in Japan. Delicate, baby pink petals float on trees all...

Entrance of Missho Kikkawa. Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Murakami: Old samurai town gives you taste, smell of past

Located on the northernmost part of Niigata Prefecture, Murakami has the look, feel and smell of a classical Japanese town, making for a great...

Photos by Nano Betts

Taking a day trip to Hiroshima & Miyajima

During my last trip to Kansai region I aimed to see places where I hadn’t been before. I got to tour ...

Ueno: Home to the popular zoo, museums and temples

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along...
Photos by Samantha Lymburn-Law

Day trip to Hakone a must

One of the advantages of living in Japan is having the opportunity to go sightseeing without having to travel too far. So, when my husband and I...
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Purikura: Photo booth fun in Japan

No one quite does cute like Japan. 
 
And what could be cuter than a sticker sheet of your own face? 
 
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Aomori delicacies

Aomori people love drinking, which may be due to the need for warmth in the colder winter. Since the colder climate helps fermentation, it is...
Photos by Nano Betts

My Paradise: The top 10 reasons you should visit New Zealand

It is hard to describe how I feel about my whirlwind vacation in New Zealand, but one thing is certain – one week we spent there was nothing...
Photos by Nano Betts

Japan Flower Power: Annual spring festivals always produce a crowd

If you think cherry blossom season is the only exciting event this spring, you are in for a huge surprise. Acknowledging the arrival of new...

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