Eight Things I wish I Knew Before Travelling to Myanmar

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Having recently opened their boarders to tourists, I was extremely excited to travel to Myanmar. I was looking forward to getting my hands and feet a bit more dirty, especially just having visited cosmopolitan Thailand. However, with the country still at the beginning stages of its tourism, a bit more pre-planning was necessary. Here are some things I wish I

Cycling the Shimanami Kaido Trail & Okunoshima

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Shimanami Kaido Trail & Okunoshima

The Shimanami Kaido is a toll expressway connecting six islands together with incredibly engineered suspension bridges, allowing for easy and quick access to and from the islands between Shikoku to Honshu, the main island of Japan. Because these bridges are such an achievement, they’ve become star attractions and the main draw for tourists to this part of the country. To

Visiting Tokyo Disneyland

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As a Disney fanatic, Tokyo Disneyland was high on my Tokyo to do list. I was even lucky enough to have timed my trip during Disney Halloween – which really was the highlight! Visitors must have spent so much time and money on their costumes, they were incredible! But back to the park itself – while it doesn’t really compare

Tokyo Part Three – Smaller Neighbourhoods: Jimbocho, Shimokitazawa, Koenji, Tokyo Bay

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 Jimbocho This is a book-lover’s utopia. Known as Tokyo’s district for used-books and publishing houses, this is also an academic district, with the Meiji University and Nihon University Hospital nearby. There’s also a good amount of antique shops around. While many of the book stores only carry Japanese literature, it’s still a welcoming sight for any reader. This is also

Tokyo Part Two – Tourist Attractions: Marunouchi, Akihabara, Ginza, Asakusa and Ueno

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Marunouchi (Tokyo Station) The financial epicentre of Tokyo, visiting this district can actually be a relaxing experience, especially when you pick the right times to visit. Luckily, this area of Tokyo particularly adheres to the standard business hours. Which means there are times during the day where everyone is in their office working which is perfect for a chaos-free stroll.

Tokyo Part One – Shinjuku and Shibuya

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Travel Tokyo

Where do I even start with Tokyo? Fast paced, ultra-modern and never sleeping, Hollywood Tokyo and real-life Tokyo are actually really similar. Realizing the feat in front of me, I took my fellow traveller’s advice and decided to tackle Tokyo like a country instead, taking in each area as if it was its own city (which it kind of is). I

Matsuyama

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Visit Matsuyama

Situated on the Shikoku Island, Matsuyama is easily accessible by ferries from Oita and Hiroshima. Perhaps influenced by the numerous of onsens in the area, Matsuyama is a peaceful and relaxed city. Most of the city shuts down after sun goes down, making it highly enjoyable to stroll the city at night. It’s also dramatically cooler and comfortable in the

Beppu

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Visit Beppu

A laid back and sleepy little city, Beppu wasn’t really a city on my original travel plans. But it turned out to be an enjoyable and relaxing place, perfect for making day trips elsewhere, like the postcard perfect city of Yufuin. Situated right on the Iyo-Nada Sea, Beppu is often hot and humid, and in the summers, extremely hazy. Now

Kyoto

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Kyoto

Charming, poetic and spiritual, Kyoto seems like a world away from Tokyo in distance and culture. I love Kyoto and thought my several days in the city was barely enough. Even though Kyoto is one of the biggest cities in Japan and attracts just as many tourists, there’s just a different pace in the city: calm and peaceful. I love

Osaka and Himeji

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Visit Osaka

Osaka Osaka, Japan is so much more of a hustle than I thought it’d be. When compared to Tokyo, I always thought it would be the quieter and calmer.  It’s true most of the city does simmer down after night fall, but it’s certainly just as modern and hyper as the capital city, making it the perfect city to start