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Top Three Tips For Touring Japan

I covered a lot of topics in my Planning A Trip Overseas post. Obviously, your itinerary and activities will determine what you chose to bring with you to Japan. I prefer to be over-prepared and in some ways I was (there were a few phone applications I downloaded that I never used) but for the…

Touring Japan Language Tips

Traveling to Japan would be especially easy if you could fluently speak and read the Japanese language. However, it is definitely not a requirement because (at least in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka) English is written almost everywhere and most everyone speaks a little English. But, you’re visiting another country, so the least you can…

Jinan, China

This was my husbands third trip to Jinan, China. The university he works at has an exchange program with Shandong Jianzhu University. Professors go to teach during the summer and winter semesters and undergraduate and graduate students can participate in student exchange programs to attend classes overseas. Professors and students from Shandong Jianzhu University gave…

Touring Japan Days 7-8 Osaka

Osaka, Japan Accommodations Hotel Garden Palace & Kansai Airport Spa, Izumisano This hotel was super nice and a great place to end our trip to Japan as well as relax before heading to China. I chose a hotel not far from the Kansai Airport. The hotel had a restaurant, breakfast buffet, onsen, spa area, sauna,…

Touring Japan Days 4-7 Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan Accommodations Izutsu Hotel 52 Daikoku-cho, Kawaramachi-Sanjo-Sagaru-Nakagyo, Kyoto 〒604-8031 Japan Like Tokyo, Kyoto is a big city so this room was on the smaller side but worked just fine. We actually met two people in the lobby who went to the same university that we did. It is a small world. The location of…

Touring Japan Days 3-4 Hakone

Hakone, Japan Accommodations Yamanochaya Ryokan 171 Tounosawa, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, Japan 〒250-0315 One of the experiences most important to me was to stay in a traditional style Japanese home or hotel (ryokan). This ryokan was amazing and depending on your budget, you could really live in luxury for a few days. Tonosawa hot spring is…