Calling all travel bloggers – what’s your top Japan tip??

Japan.  My last visit was when I was 17 and was quite possibly the start of my love affair with travel. I felt like I was an alien visitor in another world and it actually wasn’t until I returned home that I fully realised just how incredible it was.

Many, many (too many!!) years and miles later, I’m finally going back for the Sapporo Snow Festival in 2013 and will have some extra time to re-visit some places that I remember so fondly (Kyoto, Tokyo) and create some new memories (Snow Monkeys near Nagano, Miyajima).

Sleeping Snow Monkeys
Sleeping Snow Monkeys (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs)

But I’d really like to hear from YOU, all those travel bloggers out there passionate about sharing your stories, must do’s and tips.

What’s YOUR favourite memory of Japan???



  1. I lived in Japan for a number of years – first as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and later as a teacher. There are so many great places… but if I could go anywhere, It would be Ishikawa-ken (Ishikawa Prefecture). I’d visit the fish markets in Nanao and Wajima, photograph the terraced rice paddies above the sea on the Noto Peninsula, and take in views along the spectacular coast there. I might visit some hot springs, and for sure I’d visit the city of Kanazawa and the Kenrokuen gardens. All the while I’d be stuffing myself full to bursting with the excellent seafood and other dishes traditional to the area. Known as “Ura-Nihon” (the back side of Japan), life moves at a slower pace and in some ways is more connected with the traditions of the past in this part of Japan. I have had the good fortune to live in over 20 places in Japan and the U.S. Nanao – at the base of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture – may well be my favorite to date. When my daughter and I watch “Totoro,” it reminds us very much of life there. (And by the way, if you haven’t seen the film “Totoro”…) Have a great time! Jack


    • Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! Your descriptions of Ishikawa-ken sound beautiful, thanks so much for the idea! I’m going to go and have a look and see if I can fit it in my itinerary. I’ve never heard of “Totoro” but I’ll look it up. Thanks again Jack. Cheers Olivia


  2. Oooh, I was 16 when I first went to Japan (Tokyo mainly), and I haven’t been back since, so I don’t think I would have any tips for you! I went to Izu Peninsula not far from Tokyo which was cool, and a lot different to Tokyo. It’s more rural (not like rural Australia though!) and there a lots of fishing villages. The Snow Festival will be awesome!


    • I know I can’t wait to see the Snow Festival! That and the cherry blossoms I’ve been dying to go and see but my ducks have never lined up. I’m hoping to make next year a year to really attack my Bucket List and it’s off to a good start. Hopefully some others will chime in with some good suggestions but it seems like not many will 😦


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