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Tottori – visit the world renowned sand museum

Tottori (鳥取) is the most popular city in northern Chugoku, best known for its sand dunes (the largest in Japan) and associated sand museum. Budget...

Kurashiki – stroll around the old merchant town

Kurashiki (倉敷) is a historic town near Okayama known for its merchant past and old-fashioned canal, which dates back to the Edo period. The...

See the northern snow on the cheap: JR East Pass

The JR East Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains in Kanto and Tohoku.  This includes the use of Shinkansen (bullet) trains and limited...

Monkey Hot Spring! Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan

The monkey hot spring in Yudanaka, Nagano has to be one of my highlights in Japan.  The area is full of countless monkeys jumping...

Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2

After our first day in Koyasan, I we went to the west side to see the famous Buddhist temples and pilgrimage trails that have...