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Camping during the Autumn Leaves Festival in Yamanashi

A gradient of beautiful foliage surrounds Minami Inagi Lake in Yamanashi. After returning to Japan from the Philippines, I decided to go camping in a cabin in the…

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Chasing Sunsets in Puerto Princesa and El Nido

A timeless sunset at Nactan Beach in El Nido, Palawan. After spending a lovely four days at the Philippines’s #1 party destination, Boracay Island, I took a plane…

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Finding Paradise on Boracay Island

After spending a relaxing weekending in Manila, I decided to fly to the Philippines’s #1 getaway and party destination: Boracay Island. Boracay is a small island located in…

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Spending the Weekend in Manila

After seeing Bohol and exploring two of Cebu’s best diving spots, I decided to kick back and take it slow in Manila for a weekend. I’ve heard both…

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Exploring two of Cebu’s Best Diving Spots: Oslob & Moalboal

Swimming next to a whale shark is a memory you’ll hold for a lifetime! During my stay in Cebu, I decided to book snorkeling tours to two of…

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Cebu City Highlights & Bohol Island (Part 2)

A tiny Bohol Tarsier clings to a tree at the conservation area. After an adventurous day of getting acquainted with all of the major sights of Cebu City,…

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Cebu City Highlights & Bohol Island (Part 1)

Standing at the very top of Cebu City in Sirao Garden! Now that borders have finally opened in Japan and international travel isn’t as discouraged as it was…

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Spending a day in Morioka City, Iwate

The quiet shopping streets of Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture. After spending the night at a hot springs resort on the lake in Akita Prefecture, we decided to…

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Meeting Akita Dogs and Seeing the Fall Colors of Akita Prefecture

A gradient of Fall colors in Senshu Park. It’s been quite a while since my last update due to being busy with work, but I am happy to…

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Traveling to the Real-life Location from Kiki’s Delivery Service: Shodoshima

Living out my Ghibli dreams at Olive Park, Shodoshima, where Kiki’s Delivery Service takes place! After spending a lovely day of seeing the balance of art and nature…

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Exploring Aesthetic Museums and Glass Shrines on Naoshima

Glass shrine floating on a pond at the Benesse House Art Site. Over the last three days I have been traveling through a chain of tropical art islands…

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Nagoya World Cosplay Summit Review and Top Gourmet Recommendations

Oasis21 in Nagoya, Japan — an iconic location of World Cosplay Summit with a courtyard and fountain. Earlier this month I had the honor of attending the 20th…

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Osaka Summer Highlights: Tsukenkaku and Unique Gourmet Experiences

Braving the skies of Shin Sekai at Tsutenkaku Tower! After spending a lovely two nights in Kyoto and revisiting one of my favorite temples, I decided to take…

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Revisiting Kinkakuji and the Latest Aesthetic Gourmet Experiences in Kyoto

Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, shines beautifully in the scorching summer of Kyoto. It’s been over three months since my last article, but I happy to…

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Visiting Two of Aomori’s Most Aesthetic Art Museums

After an action-filled day visiting sakura parks, shrines, and real life anime movie locations, we decided to spend our final day in Aomori seeing two of the most…

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A Roadtrip to Aomori: Visiting Ashino Park, Seibi-en, and Takayama Inari Shrine

The sun fades into the clouds on the main path to Takayama Inari Shrine. After an amazing day of eating delicious food and seeing the sakura in Hirosaki…

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A Road Trip to Aomori: Visiting the Nebuta Museum and Hirosaki Castle

A Perfect Aesthetic Moment: Sakura petals illuminated under the gates of Hirosaki Caste. Last weekend I went on a roadtrip to one of my dream destinations during the…

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Spending a Sunburned Day at Strata Naha

Last night in Naha, gotta do it big! After successfully freediving on Aka Island and Zamami Island, I sailed back to Naha via ferry for a final day…

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Freediving at the Kerama Islands: Aka Island and Zamami Island Edition (Part 2)

Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island. The overcast weather was actually ideal! After a successful day of freediving and seeing turtles in Aka Island, I decided to spend the…

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Freediving at the Kerama Islands: Aka Island and Zamami Island Edition (Part 1)

Free diving with a turtle at Hizushi Beach on Aka Island. After an amazing two days of dining and chasing sunsets in Naha and Okinawa City, I decided…

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Revisiting the Tropical Cities of Naha and Okinawa-shi

Though it’s called “Moon Beach”, you can definitely soak up the rays here! Exactly one year ago before the Golden Week rush, I decided to fly to Okinawa…

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A Trip to Nara’s Kingyo Museum and Kyoto’s Sakura Parks

Nara Kingyo Museum: The Japanese Aquarium Disco Experience Continuing on from my last article detailing my lovely stay in Nara Park with the wild deer, this article will…

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Staying in a Lodge Surrounded by Wild Deer in Nara Park

A mob of wild deer come to greet me as I exit my lodge. Continuing on from my expedition to two of Nara’s most aesthetic temples, I next…

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Venturing to Nara to see the Tiger Temple (Chogosonshi-ji) and Tsubosakadera

Tsubosakadera during the beginning of sakura season. Last week I decided to venture to Nara to see various temples during the beginning of its sakura season and also…

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Meeting the Penguins of Shimane Prefecture

It’s time to go back to school! After a lovely night of eating seafood and drinking luxury cocktails in Kurashiki, it was time to head to the final…

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KEEP HOPE ALIVE: Journey to the Hill of Hope

Continuing on from my backpacking trip through Yamaguchi Prefecture, I next ventured to Hiroshima where my main destination was the white marble Hill of Hope on Setoda Island.…

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Exploring one of Japan’s Most Rural Prefectures: Yamaguchi

Motonosumi Shrine in Northern Yamaguchi along the Sea of Japan. After an eventful day in Fukuoka paying my respects to the frog gods and eating delicious food, I…

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Exploring Fukuoka’s Frog Temple: Nyoirinji (Kaeru-dera)

Last week I decided to go on a spontaneous backpacking trip starting in Fukuoka and ending in Shimane Prefecture. The purpose of this trip was to explore 2…

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Flying to the Fisherman’s Town of Kushiro for Birdwatching and Hiking Expeditions (Part 2)

Hiking to the base of Mt. Io where volcanic gases spew from vents. After a lovely first evening of exploring the central streets of Kushiro and having a…

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Flying to the Fisherman’s Town of Kushiro for Birdwatching and Hiking Expeditions (Part 1)

Rare appearance of Whooper Swans at Sunayu in Kushiro, Hokkaido. Earlier this week I flew to the small fishing village of Kushiro, Hokkaido, to live out my birdwatching…

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Exploring Maebashi: Ikaho & Hatago Onsen

Standing on the stones steps of Ikaho Onsen that overlook the mountains of Gunma! After a lovely morning of exploring famous temples in Takasaki, we decided to spend…

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Exploring the Wonders of Takasaki, Gunma: Temple Edition

The Daruma of Shorinzan Darumaji Temple await your visit! After almost a half-year hiatus, Resurface to Reality is finally back—kicking off the year with a sponsored trip to…

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Exploring Fukui: The Land of Dinosaurs and Castle in the Clouds (Part 2)

After spending a lovely day at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, I decided to wake up early on the next day and hike to Ono Castle in hopes…

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Exploring Fukui: The Land of Dinosaurs and Castle in the Clouds (Part 1)

A trip to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum—arguably one of the coolest field trips in Japan! Over the last two days, I decided to take a solo trip…

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Cruising through the Whirlpools of Naruto City

View from a whirlpool cruise in Naruto City during the strongest tidal current. After completing my ninja training at the Naruto x Boruto Theme Park, I decided the…

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Venturing to the Theme Parks of Awaji Island: Hello Kitty Smile & Naruto x Boruto Shinobi-zato

The great Hokage watch over Awaji Island. After we had a fantastic stay in Kobe visiting Rokko Island, Chinatown, and Harborland, we decided to take a road trip…

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Finding Paradise Within a City: Exploring Kobe

Over the weekend I went on the ultimate countryside paradise road trip to Kobe and Awaji Island with my friends from Yamanashi who own a car. I have…

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Chasing Sunsets on Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s Volcanic Island

View of Sakurajima from the Arimura Lava Observatory. Right before my expedition to Ogawa Falls in the remote city of Kanoya, I decided to make a brief pitstop…

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Exploring the Wonders of the Ghibli Bakery in Fukuoka: Lune Lapin

Would you risk being spirited away for a taste of this bread? On the last day of my vacation, I decided to stop at a Ghibli-themed bakery on…

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Exploring Ogawa Falls and Kanoya City in Kagoshima

Ogawa Falls in Kanoya, Kagoshima. While looking for destinations I wanted to travel to in Kagoshima after Amami Island, the two that stood out to me the most…

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Hiking to Mt. Aso’s Nakadake Crater

We finally made it, Totoro! Roughly a year ago, Mt. Aso’s Nakadate Crater became safe enough to re-open for viewing after the earthquake in 2016 that destroyed the…

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Sailing through the Skies of Amami Island – First Paragliding Experience

Seeing northern Yo Beach from a new perspective via paragliding! On my second day on Amami Island, I decided to knock out paragliding on my bucket list because…

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Exploring Amami Island: The Rich Paradise of Goats & Pristine Beaches

A warm welcome from Kurasaki Beach! After raving in the mountains of Gunma for three days, I realized the end of summer would soon be upon us so…

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From the Archives: Memories of Fuji Rock 2018

My first time to Fuji Rock at Naeba Ski Resort in 2018 was quite the experience. Though Japan has an abundant amount of quality music events, Fuji Rock…

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Exploring Sadoshima: The Island of Gold Mines, Washtubs, and the Japanese Crested Ibis

Remember the washtub scene from Tales of Symphonia? On Sadoshima you can live the dream! After seeing Skrillex close the first night of Fuji Rock in 2018, I…

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Exploring the 7 Hell Hot Springs of Oita

Hell has never looked so tropical and enticing. During Golden Week of 2017, I decided to fly from Tokyo to Oita Prefecture in Kyushu to see the mysterious…

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Exploring Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, Osaka

Luigi is here to save the day! Last Friday I finally had the chance to explore Universal Studio’s Super Nintendo World in Osaka, Japan, and I can happily…

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Having a Tea Party at the Umineko Manor (Kyu-Furukawa Gardens)

Another destination that’s been on my bucket list for quite a while is the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens located in western Tokyo, and last month on one of my days…

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Hiking through the Wonders of Kamikochi

Besides Yakushima, nothing else compares to the pure colors of this scenery! Kamikochi, located in the mountains of Nagano with a clear river and perfect view of the…

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Exploring Narai in Kiso Valley

A rainy yet beautiful day in the mountain town of Narai. A place that’s been on my bucket list for quite a while is Kamikochi, a beautiful hiking…

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