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Sophie Skillett

Sophie Skillett is a teacher and writer based in Saitama, Japan. She used to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the UK and loves all things theater. If she isn’t writing travel posts, she’s probably watching Sailor Moon or visiting themed cafes.

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8 Great Snow Festivals to See in Japan

Sapporo might be the big daddy of Japan's snow festivals but there are plenty of other events across the country that give it a run for its frozen money. Check out these recommendations and get planning!

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An Introduction to: Japanese Shrines and Temples

Do you know your Shinto shrine from your Buddhist temple? Why is the five yen coin the luckiest? And what should you do if you get a bad fortune?

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Hakone

Hakone isn’t all hot springs and epic views of Mt Fuji - there’s even more to discover in this day-trippers’ destination favorite.

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My Wonderful Weekend in Hell or My Vacation in Beppu

Eternity isn’t nearly long enough at the spectacular hot spring towns of Oita prefecture.

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An Introduction to: Classical Japanese Literature

Stories written by those monks could out-weird even the strangest Murakami dream sequence.

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10 Ways to Experience Fukuoka Like A Local

10 ideas for straying off the beaten path in one of Japan's most vibrant and entertaining cities.

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Kochi

10 reasons to visit this little-known gem in southern Japan. As if you need an excuse.

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An Introduction to: Kabuki

Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku, Rakugo, Ukiyo-e and the Tale of Genji - maybe you've heard of these but have no clue what they are? Our new "Introduction to" series breaks down the best of Japan's traditional arts and culture, and shows how you can experience it for yourself.

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Why Do People Climb Mount Fuji?

What are the reasons people climb Japan's iconic mountain? To check it off the bucket list? To conquer their fear? Or simply "cause it's there"? One Fuji-novice shares her experience, and offers some tips for first-timers.

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