Koyasan: A Home for All Travelers in Japan’s Heartland

At the southern tip of Japan’s Kansai region, Wakayama Prefecture is home to some of Japan’s most sacred sites and a wealth of natural beauty. Here, temples and shrines are nestled in between lofty...

Your Guide to Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan

As spring begins to settle on Japan, cherry blossoms (or sakura, to the locals) ignite throughout the country. The bloom travels south to north, covering the country’s parks, streets, and riverbanks in a soft...

10 Epic Villages You Must Visit in Japan

The cities of Japan are its beating heart, but its real soul can be found in the village. That is where traditions are maintained, secrets are hidden and new ways of life emerge. To...

The Temples, Streets, and People of Japan

I spent months scrolling through blogs and travel websites as I prepared to visit Japan. As it was my first time visiting the country, there was so much I wanted to see and do....

How to Hike Mt. Fuji in a Weekend

It might not be the tallest or most challenging mountain in the world, but few peaks are more iconic or more entrenched in the culture of its home country than Mount Fuji. Fuji, or...

8 Countries to Visit If You Love the Winter

One way to describe winter is “long and bleak.” But we prefer to see it differently. Because, these chilly months offer a chance for new experiences, ones unique to the locations that endure endless...
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The Creative Power of Travel: A Trip to Japan and Interview with Michael George

Michael George is a freelance photographer, writer, and self-avowed people person based in Brooklyn, New York. Travel has taken him all over the world, both in a personal search to understand our shared humanity...
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Living a “Year of Quiet,” Before the Pandemic

The year of quiet.  That’s how I would refer to it, in everything that followed, those 10 months spent living and teaching in a deeply rural part of southern Japan. I knew when I left...
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The Best Places to Travel to in September

September has officially arrived, and depending on which hemisphere you’re in, you’ll either be welcoming the autumnal shades of early fall or crawling out of your winter-blues hibernation to the promise of clear spring...

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