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Buried alive in volcanic sand: a spa with a difference in Ibusuki

hot volcanic sand bath ibusuki japan

Sometime last year the BBC aired a short documentary series called “Japan’s Enchanted Islands”, and one episode centred on the southwestern islands and their gateway, the Kagoshima area. It showed how the people there adapted to the constant geological activity,…
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Volcanic footspas and the world’s smallest mandarins: exploring Sakurajima

visiting Sakurajima volcano Japan

After Tokyo and Hiroshima, it was time to take the shinkansen all the way down into the south of Japan, to the port city of Kagoshima. Having now been there, I can’t recommend this as the most exciting place to…
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Hiroshima: an afternoon in the city of peace

Hiroshima city of peace A-bomb dome

Hiroshima was a late addition to my Japan itinerary. I decided that I couldn’t miss it out, especially as it was sort-of on the way to Kagoshima from Tokyo, but I would only be staying one night, so I had…
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Tokyo : a bento box of old and new

Tokyo old and new

First off, I can’t claim credit for the analogy in the title of this post! When I was waiting for my follow-up appointment at the hospital in Tokyo, I was chatting to the guy who was translating for me about…
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Visiting the snow monkeys at Jigokudani

Visiting snow monkey park Jigokudani from Tokyo

I’m not sure when I first heard about the Jigokudani Monkey Park, but by the time I’d booked my flight to Japan, I’d seen enough pictures of the snow monkeys to know that I wanted to go and visit them…
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Time to go wandering…

Solo travel to Japan

It seems ages ago that I handed in my notice at work and booked my flight out to Japan, yet it has come round so quickly. My apartment is empty and the keys handed back, and my backpack sits in…
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That time I found my own little beach in Corfu

solo beach Corfu

It was my final chance to find this coastal path. I’d set out the previous afternoon in search of the secluded coves between Mesongi and Boukari on the Greek island of Corfu, but had found myself climbing inland, jumping out…
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I quit my job and booked a one-way ticket to Japan

The Imagination Trail

I finally did it. After several years of putting money away and coming up with vague ideas for potential routes and saying that one day I’d go solo travelling for a longer period than my usual seven-day holiday, I have…
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Gluten free and dairy free in Barcelona

dairy free gluten free Barcelona

I’m going to start this post with a massive disclaimer. I’m not coeliac and I don’t have severe allergies. I have a dairy intolerance and, at the time of my trip, also had a suspected gluten intolerance, both linked to…
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How to plan a solo trip to New York City

Solo trip New York City

New York City is one of those places that’s high on the list of many travel-lovers, but with so much to see and do there, working out a plan for your trip can be daunting, especially when you’re alone! Here’s…
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