Japan

Skiing in Japan: Hakuba, Niseko & Rusutsu

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Asia, Featured, Japan, Travel | 0 comments

Skiing in Japan: Hakuba, Niseko & Rusutsu

Skiing in Japan is sublime, there is SO much to like.  The runs are uncrowded, there’s virtually no lift lines, food on the mountain is hearty and reasonably priced, and everyone is super friendly and polite. The lift network is efficient and more importantly comfortable, with the resorts using gondolas and hooded chair lifts. The pleasantness of warm toilet seats is only trumped by the decadence of lowering yourself into one of the many onsens (hot spring baths) after a day on the slopes to soothe those tired muscles.  Bathing suits are not permitted in the onsens so it might feel weird the...

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Tokyo & Kyoto

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Asia, Japan, Travel | 0 comments

Tokyo & Kyoto

Japan is like nowhere else in the world I’ve been.  The people are the most courteous and polite I’ve ever experienced, they are the ones who will always hold the door for you, line up in an orderly fashion, and take great pride in what they do.  Getting buses in Japan and observing the bus drivers’ perfectly clean and pressed uniforms and their white gloves, I suddenly realised why the Japanese tourists are always taking photos of seemingly ordinary things in Australia.  To them, the Sydney bus driver wearing a dirty polo shirt and shorts is probably crazy! If you have to “wait” for...

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