A real life Japanese 'Rom-Com'. Why Japanese are one of the kindest people on earth!

A real life Japanese 'Rom-Com'. Why Japanese are one of the kindest people on earth!

It was almost 5 p.m. when Yuta dropped me to the main railway station in Tokyo. Yuta was a Japanese photographer based in Fuji whom I had connected with on the internet before leaving India for Japan to help me shoot for my blog and Instagram. After shooting in Tokyo the previous evening, we had driven to Nikko, a small hill station located on the outskirts of the Nikko National Park, about 125 km north of Tokyo. The town is famous for the Toshogu Shrine and the Shinkyo Bridge.

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Why Mount Yoshino, Japan's top cherry blossom viewing spot is so overrated

Why Mount Yoshino, Japan's top cherry blossom viewing spot is so overrated

Mount Yoshino (吉野山, Yoshinoyama), in Nara Prefecture, is covered with 30,000 cherry trees of different varieties, and is considered to be Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spot. However, after visiting there, I can truthfully say that it is also the most overrated.

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Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

I made the mistake of booking my trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms months in advance. I was relying on cherry blossom forecasts made by Japan travel blogs, and accordingly planned to be in Kyoto for five days in the middle of April. I also booked my flight tickets which were already getting very expensive, and my accommodation on Airbnb as most of the hotels were either over-priced or sold out for my dates.

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Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Hotel Ibis Style Kyoto Station is located directly opposite the Kyoto train station (the JR railway station), and is a very convenient hotel to stay especially if you are traveling solo. It is also ideal for those travelers who want to keep Kyoto as their base and do day trips to Osaka, Nara or Yoshino. It is a budget hotel with great service, the only downside being that the rooms are small.

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A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

“Never say kekko until you’ve seen Nikko” is a famous Japanese proverb, where “kekko” means “to be satisfied”. Essentially this means that you cannot miss doing Nikko when you visit Japan. Nikko is a small city in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo…

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Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

The Kegon Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Nikko. It is located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park near the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is almost 100 Mts. tall and is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls…

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Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Shinkyo Bridge which means the "sacred bridge" is one of the three magnificent bridges in Japan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in central Nikko at the entrance of Nikko's shrines and temples. It belongs to the Futarasan Shrine…

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko is a famous hill-station north of Tokyo. I visited Nikko in mid-April driving from Tokyo with an English speaking Japanese tour guide. Even though I was a little late for the cherry blossom season, I was happy to visit the famous shrines and tourist spots in Nikko…

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Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. It is also the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan.

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FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

The Fujimi Kotoku Park is a secret spot for viewing cherry trees with Mt. Fuji views in Fujiyoshida. It is off the beaten track and tourists may not know about this place. The park also has a shrine and a recreational walking trail. It is a…

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Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko, also known as the hot spring resort town, is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is the second largest of the Five Fuji Lakes. It is also the most easily accessible of the Five Fuji Lakes with direct train and bus connections to Tokyo. It has some of the best sakura/cherry blossoms…

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

After a long day of travel from Kyoto, changing trains and buses, I arrived at Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort very late in the night. The front desk team was warm and hospitable and after check-in, helped me book a massage later in the night at their favorite salon…

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Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Japan is one of the topmost countries in the world for cherry blossom or sakura (as the Japanese call it) viewing. Each spring the cherry trees blossom for a very short time in different parts of Japan. Starting from Japan's southern subtropical islands of Okinawa…

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Osaka to Kansai International Airport with the Airport Limousine Bus Service from KATE

Osaka to Kansai International Airport with the Airport Limousine Bus Service from KATE

The Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise (KATE) offers a limousine bus service between Osaka and the Kansai International Airport. The service is offered from different locations in Osaka like the Osaka Station or Kintetsu Uehommachi /Shinsaibashi or Nanko/Tenpozan (Kaiyukan) Universal Studios Japan to Terminal 1…

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Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan after Tokyo. It lies in the Kansai region of central Japan and is also the capital of Osaka prefecture. It is famous for street food and is also known as the nations's kitchen or tenka no daidokoro. Kuiadore, a Japanese word…

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