Crash Course: Onsen

Since moving to Kyushu over a year ago, I've made onsen-hopping my new (although only occasional) pursuit. In a country with an abundance of volcanic activity, it seems there's always a hot spring around every corner. So what do you need to know to enjoy one of Japan's best natural features? Read on and see.... Continue Reading →

Trip Tips: Hotels

The dates are chosen, the plane tickets are bought, and now comes the next big question mark on your Japan itinerary ... where should I stay? japan has a range of accommodation options, and it's absolutely crucial you know your own travel style before you book a particular place. Here are just some of the... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Budget Ryokan

In case you missed it, one of this month's posts was a Crash Course on ryokan. The first year I lived in Japan, my husband and I loved to head out from Tokyo and explore the countryside. Not wanting to just have the same humdrum experience time and again of staying in a hotel, we... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Ryokan

When most travelers come to Japan, they don't necessarily envision themselves bedding down in the nearest Best Western. Yet ryokan (Japanese inns) may seem a bit mysterious and intimidating. So, what exactly goes on behind the curtain? Here's a quick look at what staying in a ryokan entails. Ryokan came to prominence in the Edo Period (1603-1868), when... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Specialty Travel Guides

I must confess, I am a guidebook junkie. Some people smoke, some people imbibe their daily Starbucks. Me? I line my shelves with the likes of Lonely Planet and her kin. If you want to get under a country's skin, however, you'll need to look beyond the general guidebook market (Frommers, Fodors, Rough Guides, etc) and... Continue Reading →

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