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Our Japan Jaunt – Part 2: Nara

Posted in Destinations, Travel with tags , , on October 12, 2010 by Joel

The main reason we chose the Kansai region was because of the multiple cities in close proximity to each other. So after a day and a half in Osaka, we decided to take a day trip out to the ancient city of Nara. With our trusty Kansai Thru Pass, the trip only took about 45 minutes using the express lines on the regular subway system.  As with the rest of our Japan visit, we went in with a minimal amount of planning and expectations, but were pleasantly surprised by everything Nara had to offer.

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Our Japan Jaunt – Part 1: Osaka

Posted in Bucket List, Destinations with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by Joel

It feels like we barely had a chance to settle in to the new semester after our trip to China before we packed our bags again and headed for Japan. Last week, Korea celebrated a national holiday called Chuseok, which is its version of Thanksgiving. Tuesday through Thursday were days off, and our schools were nice enough to give us Friday, so we had about six days to do some exploring. We kept our focus on the Kansai region, which includes Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

Dotombori, Osaka Japan

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Japan on the Cheap: Kansai Edition

Posted in Bucket List, Destinations with tags , , , , on September 30, 2010 by Gina

Before going to Japan, we heard many warnings of how ridiculously expensive it could be. While many things are crazy expensive if you aren’t careful, there are ways to try and get by on a small budget. Here are some tips we have for traveling on the cheap, and then just some general observations of Japan.  So glad we got to check this one off the Bucket List. Enjoy!

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