Eastern Asia - Travel Planning

By Kiyoko | Footsteps of a Dreamer | This magazine contains resources for traveling to Eastern Asia including recommendations for things to do in Eastern Asia, general travel tips, places to stay, and more. Specific destinations include: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Uzbekistan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

Is the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) Worth It?

<i>Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Find more information about affiliate links on our policy page.</i> What is the Japan Rail Pass (JR …

Salon Du Chocolat 2018 in Osaka & Kyoto, Japan

​This event is insane. I’ve never seen so many innocent-looking Japanese people, patiently waiting to buy chocolates one minute and stepping on your …

How to Have Fun in Kagoshima

<i>This is a post containing some unpopular gems in Tokyo (that are totally OFF ‘the beaten track’), plus highlights of a short trip to Kagoshima (ie</i> …

Hong Kong’s Hidden Photo Spots

Locals have found their favorite spots in their home cities and know when to go to them for optimal light at the right time of day. As a visitor to …

25 Most Beautiful Places in Japan that you should include in your itinerary

Share with your friends:<p><b>Japan is one of our favourite destinations in Asia by far. In Japan you can find the perfect blend of history, cultural</b> …

Experience the Magic of Tokyo DisneySea in Japan

Even though I live in America, I’d never been to Disneyland or Disney World, or any Disney resort for that matter. Then, when a friend really wanted …

Learn to Be a Samurai at Samurai Kembu Theater in Kyoto, Japan

At the Samurai Kembu Theater, visitors get to learn about “Kembu,” the traditional sword art practiced by the ancient samurai of Japan. It …

Must See Parks and Gardens in and Around Tokyo, Japan

I’ve always loved taking a stroll through a garden, particularly a Japanese garden. It always just feels so peaceful. It’s not surprising that, when …

Bowling at Round 1: The Moonlight Strike Game

I went bowling at Round1 Entertainment for the first when I was studying abroad in Japan. I lucked out that there was a Round1 close to my dorm and …

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Essential Apps for Travel in Japan

I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea how to read a traditional paper map. There’s no point when I can have all the same information and …

Navigating Japan's Train System: Tips for Traveling Japan by Train

Are you planning to take a trip to Japan? Do you find Japan’s extensive public transportation system more than just a little intimidating? No need to …

You Will Never Be Japanese

I actually originally started writing this as a comment to Sylvia Lawrence’s post on her blog Heart My Backpack about “Why I’d Never Move to Japan …

Top 20 Hong Kong Souvenirs to Pick – A Shopping Guide

I explored so many street markets in Hong Kong that I have a long list of Hong Kong Souvenirs to share with you. Honestly, before the trip, my image …

How to speak Chinese like a pro in Taiwan

Essential phrases for travelers<p>Have you ever been lost in translation? If you love traveling as much as we do, you already know: nothing can …

Kaohsiung Travel - Why You Can't Miss This Vibrant City In Taiwan

The second last stop on my Two Weeks Taiwan Itinerary is Kaohsiung. Known as `Habour City’ in Taiwan, Kaohsiung has the biggest port on the island. …

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Top Things to Do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko, Japan isn’t quite as popular as some of the other bigger cities in Japan, but don’t let that dissuade you. Nikko is full of rich Japanese …

10 Things That Surprised Us While Visiting Japan - It's Five O'Clock Here

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The Best Time to Visit Japan for Cherry Blossoms

<b>In the cherry blossom’s shade, there’s no such thing as a stranger” ~ Kobayashi Issa.</b><p>The new year is upon us and if the last was anything to go by, …

20 Photos that will Convince you to Visit Japan in the Fall

20 Photos that will Convince you to visit Japan in the Fall<p>Japan is one of my favorite places in the entire world! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting …

Must See Shrines and Temples in Kyoto Japan

Kyoto, Japan is full of rich culture and history. It was largely untouched during the World Wars, meaning many of the traditional architecture …

5 reasons to visit the Summer Palace

Located about 10 kilometres from the downtown of Beijing, Summer Palace was once the largest imperial garden in China. It is a vast area of lakes, …