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A Guide to Traditional Ryokans in Japan

Staying at a ryokan is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the traditional culture and history of Japan. These prototypical Japanese inns have their origins in the 8th century A.D. when merchants would travel on foot along the public roads and highways of the country, carrying their wares from town to town. […]

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Mindfulness and Wellness in Japan

For travellers interested in mindfulness and wellness, there is arguably no better destination than Japan. Over many centuries, the Japanese have developed a multitude of techniques for quieting the mind, cultivating inner peace and promoting good health. In this article, we explore some of the ancient practices that are still used today to promote mental and physical well-being […]

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Interesting and Weird Museums in Japan

Photo by Guilhem Vellut From the peculiar and the quirky, to the outright bizarre, there is no shortage of interesting and weird museums in Japan. If you need somewhere to go on a rainy day, or you’re just really in the mood for something completely off-beat, we can definitely recommend a visit to one of these […]

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Keeping the Tea Ceremony Alive in Japan

Most readers will undoubtedly be familiar with the image of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Known as the Way of Tea, this ancient custom has now become symbolic of a bygone era. Despite tea still being an extremely popular drink in Japan, if you ask most Japanese people about tea ceremonies they will say it […]

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5 Amazing Animal Sanctuaries in Asia

Visiting animal sanctuaries in Asia can be a great way to learn about local wildlife, as well as to support rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Although most sanctuaries offer only limited access to animals, it is usually possible to view them from a distance and in some instances to feed and otherwise interact with the animals in a […]

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3 Best Places to Go Hiking in Japan

Source For generations, the Japanese have trekked through dense forests and over barren mountains, using ancient pilgrimage routes to reach remote temples and holy shrines. During the Edo period, extensive trade routes were constructed, on which travellers would journey on foot, stopping at local ryokans (traditional inns) to visit onsen (hot spring baths) in sleepy, […]

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Contemporary Art Museums in Asia – Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong

One of the most appealing aspects of Asia is the extreme juxtaposition of its ancient monuments and primordial jungles, with the almost futuristic development of its urban centers. Any tour of the region is incomplete without fully experiencing both of these seemingly contradictory worlds. This is why visiting a great contemporary art museum is the perfect […]

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5 Japanese Customs to Take Home with You

Buffalo Tours are excited to officially launch their Tokyo office and welcome our wonderful travellers to this incredible destination! We’ll be celebrating with some great Japan focused content and you can check out our tours right here now. Travelling forces you to leave your comfort zone and come face-to-face with new, sometimes baffling, customs, traditions, and […]

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9 Foods to Travel to Japan For

Buffalo Tours are excited to officially launch their Tokyo office and welcome our wonderful travellers to this incredible destination! We’ll be celebrating with some great Japan focused content and you can check out our tours right here now. Well known for its health benefits, focus on seasonal ingredients, and freshness, Japanese cuisine is considered by […]

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Our Expert Travel Tips for Travelling to Japan for the First Time

Buffalo Tours are excited to officially launch their Tokyo office and welcome our wonderful travellers to this incredible destination! We’ll be celebrating with some great Japan focused content and you can check out some of our tours right here now. Travelling to Japan for the first time can be a daunting experience. The culture is so […]

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