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The extreme polarities of a winter in Hokkaido

Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.

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The duel of Japan: Tokyo versus Kyoto

As much as I’m selling the city to tourism with the idea of crossing a road and then walking on some grass, Tokyo is one of those places that give even the simplest of things a uniquely different twist so nothing is mundane (just wait until you go to the toilet).

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Not quite a candlelight dinner in Toyko

I’m still trying to figure out why exactly I liked it. It was more tacky than extravagant at times. But even then it was hilarious.

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Pretty in pink: The cherry blossoms in Toyko

If there’s one thing Japan do well, apart from eating raw fish, it’s beautiful parks. These guys know how to landscape gardens and they like doing it a lot.

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