The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

We’re both huge Harry Potter fans. I mean, we named our cat Hermione. Do I need to say more? I know for myself personally, if there was a real life Hogwarts, I’d move in tomorrow. Sadly though, there isn’t a real life Hogwarts. I don’t have any magical powers, and like other muggles around the world, I have to settle on visiting places like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan. When we were planning our trip to Japan, Osaka was at the top of our list. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, a major reason behind that was because Osaka is home to Japan’s very own Universal Studios. Whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter or not, you’ll definitely be impressed with all of the beautiful detail that’s been put into every inch of the park. From walking down Main Street which takes you through Hogsmeade Village, to the amazing Hogwarts Castle,…

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Things to do in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Across Japan, you’ll discover that there is an incredible mix of insanely modern and beautifully traditional. Most people generally think of big cities like Tokyo when they think of Japan. But if you’re looking for an entirely different Japanese experience, we recommend heading outside of those big cities, and exploring the more traditional side of Japan. One of our favourite places in Japan is a small town called Arashiyama. Don’t let the sound of small town scare you off from visiting. There are plenty of things to do in Arashiyama! If you’ve been traveling around other major cities across Japan, catching trains and bumping shoulders with strangers while walking down the street – Arashiyama will be a very welcome change of pace. We only spent a couple of days in Kyoto (two day trips from Osaka), but it was definitely one of our favourite places in Japan. We instantly felt a peaceful…

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Visit the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan

Japan is filled with an abundance of unique, weird and wonderful things to see and do. One of these unique activities, is the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. Before arriving in Japan, we researched the things we wanted to do in each city that we were visiting. After the first day of research, our list was already quite long. Yokohama was going to be the first stop on our month long Japanese adventure. Compared to bigger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, there isn’t quite as much to do in Yokohama. But if you’re looking for a relaxing place to start your journey through Japan, we definitely suggest including Yokohama to your itinerary. It’s a great introduction to Japan, giving you a feel for the country, language and culture. One of the most unique things we did during our time in Yokohama, was visit the Cup Noodle Museum. We made…

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