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An ever-popular destination no matter the season, the Land of the Rising Sun is nothing short of good food, amazing cleanliness, and a myriad of distinctive sub-cultures. A multi-faceted country once you start exploring deeper, there’s always something new to discover in Japan, where traditional and modern elements combine to form something special.

Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studios may be popular theme park favourites in Japan. But if you're an adrenaline junkie looking to put your guts to test in some of the world's best roller coasters, Fuji Q Highland is where...
Get your caffeine fix, explore a temple complex on a buggy, and bungy jump off a bridge in Nara in this Japan itinerary, using Kyoto as a base. Photo credit: @boontohhgraphy via Unsplash When Japan opened its borders last year, we...
Theme parks are essential to any Japan itinerary — but if you only have time to visit ONE, read this guide for a better idea! We've visited Universal Studios Japan (USJ), Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on separate trips, and...
Feast on Hokkaido's best cuisine in Sapporo, drive out of the city through breath-taking terrains, and taste some of Japan's freshest seafood on this 8 day road trip through the best of Hokkaido — all under S$1k! Planning a road...
Staying in Tokyo capsule hotels doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice comfort and style! Here are 11 inexpensive accommodations in Tokyo you can slide into for a cosy night’s rest. I'm a firm believer that capsule hotels are some...
Explore the Kansai region with the Kansai-Hiroshima JR Pass for less than S$900 with this 8-day Japan itinerary. After realising we were able to explore Osaka, Kyoto and Nara for under S$70 a day (including flights and accommodation), we were back...
Staying in budget-friendly accommodations near Universal Studios Japan doesn't mean a hefty S$500/night price tag! A trip to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is an absolute blast — but spending the whole day waiting in lines isn't. So here's a theme park...
The mountainous prefecture of Nagano and the Japanese Alps are Japan’s best-kept secrets. Whilst popular amongst locals, it remains fairly undiscovered amongst foreign tourists. Escape the city, see a different side of Japan and reconnect with nature!  3 hours North...
Traditionally a men-only accommodation for the local salary men who missed their last train home, capsule hotels in Japan are progressing into cosy and affordable accommodation options for both male and female foreign travellers. Despite only having space for a bed,...
There's plenty of Halal food in Tokyo — including Halal-certified wagyu beef! Food in Japan can get a little tricky for Muslims. Mirin is often used to season sushi rice or soups, and gelatin or lard is used in sweets...
Newly updated Universal Studios (USJ) guide for those heading there in 2024! If you're travelling to Osaka, spending at least a day at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is a must! We last visited Universal Studios Japan in 2022, and Super...
This tropical getaway is more than just Naha city and suntanning on beaches. Snorkel in cobalt-blue waters, taste Okinawan onigiri and overlook epic coastal views in Japan's little Hawaii! Here's our Okinawa Guide! At the southernmost end of the Japanese...
We found new hidden gems in Japan thanks to Anime! For all the weebs and otakus out there, I gotchu! As an avid anime lover, Japan is always my go-to when I have the chance to travel. Other than buying...
One can say Okinawa is more similar to Taiwan than Japan, after all, the distance between Okinawa and Tokyo is 1,554km but only half the distance to Taiwan (731km). Japan as a travel destination needs no introduction. Places like Tokyo,...
Here's the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea guide we wished we had before going to Japan. First published: 27 Sep 2017 Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are without a doubt one of the best in the world. The problem is, it's also an...
People usually plan to travel to Osaka or Kyoto for their vacations as they are more popular among tourists. However, less than an hour’s pleasant ride away by train is Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. There are many things...
As a foodie, hunting down the best food in town has always been my top priority when travelling. When it comes to eating in Japan, the options are truly endless; from sushi to soba, we definitely were able to eat to our...
Not sure where to go in Japan besides Tokyo? Visit these five prefectures instead, from Gunma's award-winning onsens to Nikko's grand shrines. If you’ve been to Japan, you’ve probably been to Kanto — because that’s where Tokyo is in. At...
On this 2D1N Matsumoto Japan Itinerary, escape the city for unique, relaxing experiences in the Japanese Alps. Tokyo is one of our favourite holiday destinations, and for good reason — Japan's capital is packed with fun stuff like robot...
Plan your Japan Rail itinerary with this updated JR Pass guide, incl. tips for what to do when the price increases from October 2023. First published: 21 May 2017 Train travel is one of the quintessential experiences when travelling in Japan...

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