Japan

Carp and Dragon in the Viper Forest

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Travel always seems to lock stretches of my life in parentheses, but I’m never sure whether I’m inside or outside them.

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Japanese Gothic

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The Japanese have perfectly reconciled their past with their present—I need to learn how to do this.

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Japan’s Best-Kept Secret

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Hakodate is not among the first tier of cities people tend to visit on their trips to Japan. Here’s why you should make it there anyway.

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Three Killer Days in Kyoto

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Three days in Kyoto is not enough time to absorb all the history and heritage the city has to offer, but it is enough to start a love affair that will keep you coming back year after year.

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Northern Underexposure

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Cameras break, people lose their tempers and we can’t all be soulmates.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Should’ve Come Here

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I felt as I’d lived through all of “Eat, Pray, Love” within Osaka’s city limits and the span of two sunsets.

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The Big Problem With Internet and Phones in Japan

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The bad news? Foreigners cannot buy SIM cards in Japan. The good news? There’s a workaround.

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You’ll Never Believe the Prices in Japan

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With intelligent planning – and a little bit of restraint – you can travel in Japan without going broke.

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