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Shinkansen

Planning a Trip to Japan

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Planning a trip to Japan for the first time can be overwhelming. There are simply so many destinations, attractions, and things to do that you will want to explore. But unless you are thinking of staying indefinitely, you have to squeeze in as much as you can in the time you are there. Here are some things worth doing if to make the most of your adventures in Japan.

1. Consider exploring the Golden Triangle of Japan — a journey that you can start from Tokyo to Kyoto to Nara and back. Or you can go for the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka route and see some of these cities’ iconic landmarks and attractions.

2. If you have long distance train trips on your itinerary, make sure to buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) before you leave. The JR Pass is the cheapest way you can travel long distances by train when in the country and can only be purchased outside the country. You can choose from the 7-day, 14-day, and 21-day options to enjoy the unlimited rides on JR trains during your trip.

3. Book your accommodation in advance. This not only helps you choose the accommodation that best fits your requirements and budget. It also prevents the unnecessary trouble of looking for a suitable place to stay at the last minute.

4. Enjoy the Japanese culinary cuisine and culture. Taste as many of the must-try dishes as you can by eating local foods. Get your fill of sushi, soba, gyoza, ramen, okonomiyaki, and so much more. And discover the wide array of traditional sweets as well as the many unique and quirky flavors of Japanese Kit Kats among others.

Buam-dong

6 Fascinating Neighborhoods in and around Seoul

There are places that you would not mind getting lost into. In Seoul, there is a long list of fascinating neighborhoods that make for delightful meanderings and interesting discoveries. Here are some of the coolest spots for some Seoulful wanderings.

Buam-dong
Buam-dong
Located in the district of Jongno known for its wide array of top tourist attractions, the charming neighborhood of Buam-dong offers a quiet respite not so far from the heart of the city. Nestled by beautiful nature scenery, the place boasts of coffee shops, galleries, and other must-see sites like Baeksa Valley and Seoul Fortress Wall among others.

Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village
This is one of the most famous residential neighborhoods in Seoul best known for its Korean traditional houses called hanoks. Not to be missed when in the area are the Bukchon Cultural Center, Changdeokgung Palace, and Cha Masineun Tteul tea house.

Hapjeong
Hapjeong
Hapjeong has earned a reputation as one of the hipster neighborhoods in Seoul. It is teeming with cafes, restaurants, galleries, shops, and entertainment hubs. Some of the neighborhoods top attractions include Bau House Cafe and its resident pups as well as its famous Café Street.

Hongdae
Hongdae
Sitting next to one of South Korea’s top universities, Hongdae is a neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife. It is teeming with bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, and entertainment spots among many other attractions.

Insadong
Insadong
Food, art, and culture are some of the best reasons to make a detour to this charming neighborhood located near top tourist attractions like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square. Take a leisurely stroll at the main street lined with galleries, shops that sell traditional arts and crafts, cafes, and restaurants. Wander into side streets and small alleyways to discover more of this soulful neighborhood.

Myeongdong
Myeongdong
One of Seoul’s top shopping destinations, Myeongdong offers plenty of things to see and do not to mention the mouthwatering foods you can find at street stalls, cafes, and restaurants in the area. Walk along the stretch of main shopping street and check out some of the best fashion and cosmetic items you can find. Explore, eat, shop, and soak in the vibe of this captivating neighborhood.