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Books inspired by Japan

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Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Will Ferguson

Follow Ferguson's journey as he becomes (possibly the first) person to take on the daunting task of hitchhiking the length of Japan. Mostly off the beaten track, this is a witty and well-written travelogue, as well as a remarkable feat.

Wrong About Japan

Peter Carey

Memoir meets travelogue as author Peter Carey and his son travel the country in search of their own 'real Japan' through a mutual interest in manga and anime.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden

The now-classic fictional account of a woman in New York who recounts her life as a peasant girl who was sold as a slave to a Japanese geisha house, and everything that ensued. Epic, mysterious and beautifully written.

Japan Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


14th May 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to climb Mt Fuji in one day (and why you should)

A snow-capped deity, framed with cherry blossom and cloudless skies, an image recreated in a thousand different ways across the land of the rising sun. Up close and personal, however, Fuji feels different. Earthy, wet and submerged in mist. Slippery, stubborn and chasing my breath. That picturesque snow blocks the mountain for all but July and August, when most of the 400 000 people who climb it each year do so by night. But I'm here to tell you how to climb Mt Fuji in one day....


23rd April 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Fascinating cultural facts about Japan for curious travellers

Allow these cultural facts about Japan to introduce you to her many traditions and customs. After all, these interesting facts about japan will help you feel more comfortable about your trip. Let our guest writer get you up to speed with some great fun facts about Japan. Enjoy! While someone may take pity on you and hand you a fork, in many places in Japan, it's chopsticks or nothing. Japanese people use chopsticks for dishes like noodles and sushi and it's a skill that every Japanese child has...


26th March 2021 by Emily Luxton

Edogawa Fireworks Festival – Blown away in Tokyo!

I attended the Edogawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo a couple of years ago. This is my write up of the experience… Slowly, it dawns on me that this might be a bigger event than I imagined. With every stop eastwards, the crowd in the sticky train carriage thickens, until at Shinozaki Station we spill out into a press of people that drifts slowly out and upwards....


9th March 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

Off the beaten path places in Japan that you must visit

Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo Disney Land/ Disney Sea, Shibuya, Dotonbori, etc., those are just some of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. Given that fact, they’re also the most crowded places. If you’re the kind of traveler who doesn’t enjoy crowded areas and like exploring hidden gems like me, then you’re on the right page! We’re here to tell you some of the off the beaten path places in Japan that are just waiting to be explored. Although some of these places have...


25th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to get off the beaten path in Japan

Ah, the highlights of Japan. The glistening snowy silhouette of Mount Fuji framed by cherry blossom. The bright lights and big city vibe of Tokyo. The quiet cobbled geisha lanes and temples in Kyoto. There are so many amazing things to do in Japan and must-see places for your itinerary. But if you're a thoughtful and curious traveller (which you probably are if you hang around here) then perhaps you'd like to go further than the standard tourist spots in Japan. To travel deeper. ...


1st March 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

10 best things to do in Hiroshima

Everybody has heard of Hiroshima, the tragedy that happened during World War II; the bombing. However, the Japanese were resilient, and they rebuilt Hiroshima and has made it what it currently is now. It’s a thriving city with many memorable places and gorgeous sites....


15th February 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

10 best things to do in Kobe, Japan

Kobe – not Bryant, the person, but Kobe, the city, is located west of Osaka in Japan. It is a port city and the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. Compared to other parts of Japan, this place is quite exotic and charming. So when you come to the country, don’t miss this!...