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How to Rent a SIM Card in Japan

Looking to make use of your cell phone in Japan? Read this. We typically don’t bring a phone with us when we travel so we can disconnect. However on this RTW trip, having a working phone has been pretty helpful… especially when meeting up with other people abroad. Getting a SIM card in most countries… Read more…

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Ryokan Tanabe Room

Our Ryokan Experience at Tanabe

A humble slice of Edo life at Ryokan Tanabe in Takayama, Japan. When you’re long term traveling, sure, it’s important to keep your budget in mind. But then again, you travel for experiences – to meet new people, to get cultured – and sometimes, those experiences are worth a little splurge. That’s what built-in cushion… Read more…

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Hoba Miso  Takayama

Takayama Cuisine: mMm.. Miso Hungry!

Warning: Side effects for reading this can include mild to severe cravings. It’s been awhile since we’ve had unbelievably good food. Food that makes you roll your eyes, lick your lips and rub your belly mMm mmm good. I seriously haven’t felt this way about food since our trip to Cinque Terre in 2009. One of… Read more…

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Shirakawa-go & Japan’s 2nd Longest Toenail

“And very soon, you will see the second longest toenail in Japan,” our guide Yamamoto said with glee on our bus ride from Takayama. Gerard looked at me with one brow raised. “That’s weird. I think he said toenail.” I shrugged my shoulders back. We didn’t realized our tour came with a Guinness World Record… Read more…

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Geisha Hunting in Kyoto

Spent the afternoon playing paparazzi in the Gion district in Kyoto, Japan. Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word “geisha” means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged… Read more…

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Sushi to Dai For

Warning: Reading may lead to instant cravings. Provocative and explicit photos included. Having sushi at Tsukiji fish market is a Tokyo must for any sushi enthusiasts. There are two legendary sushi restaurants at Building 6 – Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi – both serving similar set menus. We went to Sushi Dai because they had more… Read more…

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