Month: April 2016

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By Claire D'hooghe | April 29, 2016

You’ve booked your flights and your dream trip is slowly working up into a reality. “Slowly” is good because you still need time to save up in order to hit (and hopefully exceed) your daily travel budget. You stay in; eating cheap home cooked meals, tuning into inspirational travel shows and saving every penny. But look…

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By Benjamin Pratt | April 22, 2016

Picture yourself laying back reading a book beside the gentle rumble of the slow rolling mountain stream; immersed in the flora and fauna and mild murmurings of mother nature; staring up at one of Japan’s most beautiful mountainscapes. You’re not staying far away: a twenty-metre stroll back to your secluded family-run mountain chalet on the…

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By Benjamin Pratt | April 15, 2016

Tokyo is a fuel-injected sensory and adrenaline overload through bizarre districts lined by eccentric alleyways. A fast-talking, impulsive and mercurial metropolis. It’s an assault on the senses; a brain-blast of culture shock plagued by incessant noise, compromising customs, methodical businessmen, roadside temples, stand up noodle bars packed with people. It’s a subterranean wonder-world of booze…

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By Benjamin Pratt | April 12, 2016

Sukiya made it possible for me to survive my first trip to Japan without going hungry or broke. It’s since been a go-to option for a cheap, easy and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight snack. Just pretty much whenever I’m hungry. Since then I’ve eaten there enough to be dubbed the unofficial International Sukiya…

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By Claire D'hooghe | April 10, 2016

Even though we have been to this city a shitload there’s still some trips we haven’t taken. Tokyo is insane in size and to try to see and do everything in a short number of days is near on impossible, especially if you want to immerse yourself in the culture and character of your experience….

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By Benjamin Pratt | April 7, 2016

So, you’re in Tokyo and aren’t used to the ramen-gyoza-miso-combo for breakfast lunch and dinner and the lack of any designer malls or shops situated in the same place. Well, my slightly spoilt friend, don’t I have a tip for you. If you love luxury, have more money than sense and a wad of cash…

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By Claire D'hooghe | April 5, 2016

The Ghibli Museum is an interactive trip through Japan’s most famous animation studio. Home to a hands-on adventure through the world of acclaimed animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, this is a must visit for any hard-core fans. Though for the average traveller, if you’ve ever seen or been interested in films like Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away,…

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By Claire D'hooghe | April 2, 2016

Yoyogi Park is a paradise, a gem of green in the middle of a concrete jungle. If you’re in Tokyo and anywhere near the Harajuku or Ginza area you cannot miss this magical and mystical dreamlike place. It’s a vast natural estate with open space, trees, flowerbeds, dog parks and a circuit cycling track, and also…

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