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Like temples and shrines, the ubiquity of gardens is something you’ll notice when you visit Japan. Gardening culture stretches far back in time and nations from all over the world have their own gardening culture and aesthetic.  Japanese gardening culture breaks down into a few categories, often influenced by Shinto and Zen, as well as influence of other Asian gardens, such as Chinese gardens. Here are three types of gardens that...

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It happens to us all; you’re sure you saw that landmark before, then you look around and everything begins looking the same. You look up and around trying to get your ground, because you realize your spatial perception is all wrong. Even with maps and GPS, it can be disorienting to look around and realize you’re not sure where you are anymore.  Nobody likes getting lost or the disorientation, anxiety, and stress it puts on us. When...

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Staying for a long vacation? There are a few things to be aware of before staying in Japan for an extended period of time. It can sometimes be frustrating to encounter differences without being warned. This guide is to avoid any inconveniences brought about my a prolonged visit. 1. Don’t count on a drier. Clothing driers are difficult to find in Japan, especially in homes. While few are available at laundromats, they are not...

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A Guide to Temple and Shrine Etiquette

A Guide to Temple and Shrine Etiquette


Posted By on Oct 19, 2015

    Visiting a temple or shrine in Japan is a necessity for any visitor. Such an important aspect of Japanese culture, shrines and temples are beautiful establishments with a peaceful atmosphere to be enjoyed by all. Paying a visit to a temple or shrine requires some preparation. Considering the importance, both religiously and culturally, of these places in the daily life of Japanese people, it is absolutely essential to be...

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Budget Travel in Japan

Budget Travel in Japan


Posted By on Sep 16, 2015

Traveling on a budget in Japan may not be easy for first time visitors eager to try everything but it is certainly feasible with proper planning. From simple changes like eating at certain times of day to buying trinkets and everyday items at 100 yen stores, it is entirely possible to spend very little while enjoying your vacation to the fullest. The following are tips for budget-constrained travelers. 1. Skip a hotel buffet and hit...

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Shoe Etiquette in Japan: What to Know

Shoe Etiquette in Japan: What to Know


Posted By on Sep 14, 2015

Customs are different in every country. This is a given. However, the extent to which customs vary often escapes travelers. In order to be respectful when visiting another country, it’s important to be aware of the culture and customs of that country. In Japan, shoe etiquette is quite different than in many other countries. There is a distinction between “indoor” and “outdoor” shoes and they should be...

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