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First Time Travelling to Japan? Here's our Ultimate Guide to Beat the Jet Lag and survive those first few hours in a new country!

Travelling to Japan as a first timer is a daunting experience. Going to a city where they don't use the Roman alphabet, let alone speak the language, is just one more hurdle which can make those first few hours in the city all that more confusing and intimidating. But trust me, Japan is one of the most incredible cities in the world and the kind people you'll find there are always more than happy to help you out with any pickle you might find yourself in. That being said, after many "first times" in Japan, I've plotted my top tips to ensure your first few hours there go as smoothly as possible, and you've set yourself up for success for the rest of your trip to Japan!

10 Street foods you MUST-EAT Around Nakamise Shopping Street, Asakusa

When visiting the famed area of Asakusa and the Sensoji shrine you're bound to work up an appetite! Luckily, Nakamise Shopping Street and the side streets around it, have a plethora of amazing street foods to choose from. I decided to make a day of this the last time I visited. Come HUNGRY because there are so many different things you NEED to try! This one area offers up so many traditional Japanese street foods, each one costing only a dollar or so. You can easily spend under $15 for an entire 10-course meal! There are plenty of food tours of this area, but it's so easy to do it yourself. While having a guide is a great way to ask questions and find out more from a local's perspective about the area, doing it on your own means it's up to you to find your way around and interact with the locals yourself.

Top 10 Best Japanese Meals you Have to try when Travelling to Tokyo in the Winter

Visiting Tokyo in the wintertime is one of Japan's best-kept secrets. So many people avoid travelling in the winter due to the cold but if you layer on those coats and scarves, you'll be treated to a Japan which is sometimes only seen by locals and those few tourists who make the effort to brave the elements. Winters in Tokyo are meant for soaking in hot springs, visiting Mount Fuji on a clear day and best of all, eating delicious winter food! Dining in Tokyo can be had for as little as under $20 or as much as over $100. I've been sure to include various price points in this list so whether you're looking for a cheap lunch or a luxurious dinner there is something for everyone!

Your ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Osaka in 24 Hours

Osaka is one of the most vibrant cities in Japan, and while it's also one of the largest, exploring key parts of this historic town can easily be accomplished in one single day. While spending more time here is always recommended to get to know the inner workings and subtleties of the city, if you're just stopping over you can easily fill your day with exciting things to do and amazing places to eat.

Best Spots in Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills are located right beside Harajuku, and despite their proximity, they could not be more different. Harajuku is where you'll find alternative fashion for the experimental youth of Tokyo while Omotesando is where you'll find an elegant fashion, shopping and entertainment neighbourhood. The tree-lined boulevards of Omotesando often remind people of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Tokyo's Shopping Jungle: Shinjuku

Shinjuku Station is Tokyo's shopping jungle. Ginza might have all the glitz and glamour and cater to the upscale shopper, but Shinjuku is for everyone. Nowhere compares to it's busy, hectic, exciting and insane crowds, buildings and stores. The streets are dense with teenage girls with dozens of shopping bags piled up on their wrists, tourists snapping picks at the neon towers and salarymen chomping down on delicious quick service food.

Bucket List Dining with Sushi Yasuda

Before we left for Japan, we decided that we wanted to have at least one big, blow-out meal. A dinner that would be as much of an experience as it was a culinary delicacy There are so many bucket-list sushi shops in Tokyo but based on looking thru a myriad of reviews, prices, location and availability, we decided on "Sushi Yasuda". 

Tokyo to Kyoto via Shinkansen

It seemed as soon as we arrived in Tokyo, it was time to leave and continue on our journey through Japan. We were incredibly sad to leave, there were so many things we had yet to do and see but it was time, and we knew we would come back one day. So with luggage in tow, we headed off to the last of our Tokyo destinations; Tokyo Station. Tokyo Station, located beside the Imperial Palace, is where you'll get on the high-speed Shinkansen trains but the busy station also sees well over 3,000 inner city trains every day. Despite this overwhelming number, it is only the fifth-busiest station in Eastern Japan.

Visiting Arashiyama Village

Arashiyama Village is more than the Bamboo Grove and monkey forest which surround it. Taking a walk down the busy streets and quiet laneways of the small town is an excellent way to experience Japanese culinary treats, see traditional Japanese architecture and explore some lovely shops selling souvenirs and hand made crafts.

Kyoto Backstreets Walking Tour - Part One

One of the best ways to explore a city is with a local guide. Free walking tours are offered in larger cities across the world, but more often than not, you get what you pay for. They also usually have huge tour group numbers and only take you through the most popular attractions, you probably have already seen. Our Ryokan suggested Waraido Guided Tours which give 5-hour walking tours of the Kyoto Backstreets, through hidden alleyways to discover the roots of Kyoto itself.

A Guide to Yodobashi Kyoto

One of the strangest things about Japan is that you can spend an entire day inside a shopping mall and have the best time! If it's raining and gloomy out or if the air hot and humid, there is always sanctuary inside giant shopping centres like Kyoto Yodobashi! Inside you'll not only find interesting shops to explore, but you can also eat at some delectable restaurants, have a gourmet coffee and play like a kid in the arcades.

Eating Yakitori along Pontocho

After a long and busy evening in Gion, Dan and I were seeking out something to eat along the fabled streets of Pontocho. The narrow alley which runs parallel to the Kamogawa River is packed with some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Here you can dine at any price point and eat almost any type of cuisine.