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Traveling Japan Alone? How to Make the Most Out of Your Solo Trip!

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Exploring at your own pace, eating what you want, choosing the hotel you like best – traveling alone can be a wonderful experience. While it may seem a bit intimidating for those who’ve never done it, the veteran solo travelers are surely nodding their head in agreement. Japan is a large country that has much to offer in basically all regards. From culture to food, here’s how to make the most out of Japan if you’re traveling alone!

What’s In Your Bag, Ami? – Things a Japanese College Student Can’t Live Without!

Let’s be honest: the contents of someone else’s bag can be utterly fascinating! While a wallet is a fairly standard thing to carry around, it’s all the other little knickknacks and necessities found in a bag that make us extra curious. Depending on someone’s job, style, and so on, the contents of their bag vary wildly, telling their very own, charming story about their owner! This time, we asked a female college student from Tokyo if she’d show us what’s inside her bag. Her name is Ami and her dream is to become an announcer, while she does ballet as a hobby. Between her broadcasting classes and dance club, she also participated in a university-wide contest to find the prettiest students, both male and female—and Ami made it to the semifinals! If she doesn’t have class, she also hones her skills as part-time staff at a radio station. What’s in the bag of such a busy, charming student?

10 Things to Know About Summer in Japan – From Weather to Events!


Japan and Tokyo are both in a temperate climate zone, but did you know that the summer heat can get quite intense? To everyone who currently is or plans on traveling to Japan during July, August, and September, there are 10 things about “Summer in Japan” that you need to know. Here, get tips on how to cope with the heat, what to do see and do during summer, and fun facts and tips about Tokyo’s heat!

Explore the five types of "Live Springs" at the Dai-ichi Takimotokan in Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu / Lake Toya Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

The Dai-ichi Takimotokan is a well-established hotel in Noboribetsu Onsen. Its hot spring baths are fed by geothermal water from five springs having half of the 10 mineral qualities of spring water found in Japan. You can enjoy the view of Hell Valley, a popular sightseeing spot, while relaxing in the hotel’s Onsen Heaven.

Japan’s Traditional Footwear

There's a lot to admire about traditional Japanese clothing: exquisite kimono, colorful yukata, boldly designed happi, and simple, but dignified hakama are all celebrated garments originating from Japan. However there is one area of classic Japanese fashion that sometimes goes overlooked: traditional footwear!

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