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Close up of three snow monkeys peering into the water of a hot spring at their reflections.

Visiting Japan’s Jigokudani Monkey Park

Close up of three snow monkeys peering into the water of a hot spring at their reflections.

Japan is one of the world’s most intriguing travel locations. With a staggeringly vibrant blend of traditional and modernity, the country has just about something for everyone, and then more. On a visit to Japan, people normally spend their time exploring the ancient temples as well as the modern architecture that makes up the country’s […]

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Japanese garden

First Impressions of Japan

Japanese garden

Updated 08.01.2019:  Simply put—Japan is an amazing destination. From a strong cultural reverence for nature and order to the ultra high tech industry, the country has a bit of everything, which can be a bit overwhelming, especially on a first-time visit to Japan. Featured contributor, Debi Lander from ByLanderSea, is here to share her impressions […]

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Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

Cycling the Kibiji Trail through the Japanese Countryside

Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

While we enjoy active travel of any sorts, we absolutely adore off-the-beaten path adventures in faraway lands. Today’s guest writers, Sarah and Laura from Wandercooks, are here to tell us all about their adventures biking through Japan on the beautiful Kibiji Trail. Japan is a complex and beautiful country that brings to mind both ancient […]

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Japanese Train System

How to Be Your Own Boomer Tour Guide in Japan

Japanese Train System

How comfortable are you when it comes to exploring a completely foreign city on your own? It seems that travelers are always divided on the issue of organized tours versus DIY exploration. However, both travel styles have their advantages and disadvantages and sometimes it just comes down to the individual destination. Today, My Itchy Travel […]

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Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan

A Visit to Nara, Japan: One Giant Buddha and Lots of Hungry Deer

Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan

I’ve just returned from a two week adventure in Japan and I’m still trying to come to terms with everything we saw in this beautiful country. From the quiet chaos that is Tokyo to Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples, we found ourselves in a dizzying state of awed inspiration just about every single day. On most […]

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peace statue in Nagasaki

The Lessons of Nagasaki

peace statue in Nagasaki

Updated 08.01.2019: On a Nagasaki shore excursion, a visit to the Peace Park and Atom Bomb Museum serves as a refresher in WWII history. It’s a moving experience for any boomer traveler cruising to Nagasaki, Japan. Nagasaki, Japan. What do those words mean to you? Destruction? Nuclear devastation? Wasteland? During my boomer childhood, schoolbooks taught […]

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Saturday’s scene: Remembering Sendai

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While on a Regent Seven Sea cruise from Vancouver to Singapore, our ship, Mariner, stopped in several Japanese ports. On each occasion, official delegations swapped plaques and speeches with Captain Felice Patruno, while welcoming cruise passengers with dance performances on the docks, fireboats saluting the ship with sprays of water as she entered harbors, even […]

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Luxury Living on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

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Today, Alan and I are on a cruise excursion in Bangkok, Thailand, part of our Vancouver to Singapore cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner. Even though we’re out exploring, you can still keep up with our baby boomer adventures. In this week’s installment of Dispatch from Donna at the Luxury Cruise Bible blog, I […]

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