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Navigating the Japanese Train System

In Go! Girl Guides, How I Travel, Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Osaka, Japan and wanted to share some tips I picked up about my experience getting around there. My main transport there was via train and subway – Japan has a really extensive railway system in place, and their trains there are well known for being really punctual. I was a little worried that getting around would be difficult because I don’t know any Japanese, but it was …

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Travel Journalling with Daycraft

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So I’ve kept pretty extensive travel journals for my longer trips – You can check out the Taiwan ones here, and right now I’m in process of documenting the latest Osaka trip journals (check them out here!) and you’ll see little sketches and stuff pop up from time to time. I have a whole cupboard full of empty journals just waiting to be used for trips – at last count I had about 15-20 in total! But for this last trip, I used a Daycraft notebook this time around: In this day with cool and useful apps that you can …

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The neverending Torii of Fushimi Inari

In Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

After an afternoon in Arashiyama, we didn’t have much time to visit many other places as most of the stuff in Japan closes at 4-5pm, even in the summer. We headed off to Fushimi Inari, famous for its rows of Torii Gates and most importantly, did not have a closing time. If you’re wondering what a Torii is, this is what it is: You’ll usually see one of these marking the front of a Shinto temple in Japan, and wikipedia has unearthed quite a fascination amount of information regarding the types and origins of Torii if you’re interested to read …

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The charms of Arashiyama (Tenryuji Temple, Togetsuko Bridge)

In Japan by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

We hadn’t actually planned to go to Kyoto at all – both Y and I had already been to Kiyomizu, but after perusing the guide, it seemed like the most interesting place to go, so that’s we headed. We opted for the slightly more offbeat places. After some pondering, we headed to Arashiyama ?? to check out their famous bamboo forest. As all our days in Osaka, it was exceptionally HOT. We took quite awhile to get there, having to take the subway and train to Kyoto, and then change another train to get to Arashiyama on the western outskirts …