peace statue in Nagasaki

How to Spend One day in Nagasaki, Japan

If you only have one day in Nagasaki, Japan, how do you choose what to see and do? Considering Nagasaki’s place in WWII history, the decision isn’t hard for those trying to understand how one event—the dropping of an atomic bomb—so changed the world. One day is never enough to explore a city, but on […]

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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

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

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. Planning a first-time visit to Japan can seem overwhelming. Never fear. Featured contributor, Debi Lander from ByLanderSea, is here to share her impressions and tips so that […]

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Kibitsuhiko Shrine.

The Kibiji Bike Trail is a Fun Travel Adventure in Japan

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

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Japanese Train System

How to Be Your Own Boomer Tour Guide in Japan

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

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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Saturday’s scene: Remembering Sendai

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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