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Eight Unique Activities in Japan You Must Do

From the bizarre and the peculiar to the intriguing and mind-blowing, there are many words to describe Japan but boring is not one of them. Whether you’re looking for an active adventure, a cultural journey or a discovery of the weird and wonderful, here’s a list of unique Japan activities to inspire your next trip. […]

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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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5 Best Diving Spots in Asia

There are few sights as beautiful as a clear blue ocean viewed from a white sand beach, but often the true beauty is hidden just beneath the surface. Visitors to the best diving spots in Asia experience an otherworldly realm below the waves, full of colourful coral reefs teeming with fascinating and diverse marine life. Whether […]

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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 Best Hotel Bars in Asia

Deco Bar & Bistro – The Siam – Bangkok This chic and contemporary bar in the heart of Bangkok is worth mentioning for the décor alone. Inspired by Thailand’s Art Deco period, this hip venue screams jazz-era sophistication and decadence. The Deco Bar & Bistro not only serves a wide range of wine and cocktails, […]

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5 Most Amazing Gardens in Asia

Saihoji Garden, Japan This peaceful Zen Buddhist temple is home to one of the most unique gardens in the world. Said to hold more than a 120 different varieties of moss, the incredible Saihoji moss garden is the result of a lucky accident. At the center of the garden is a lake, containing three islands, […]

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5 Most Extravagant Palaces in Asia

The Grand Palace – Thailand The Grand Palace is an imposing yet delicately detailed and elegant structure in the heart of Bangkok. Originally constructed as the royal residence of the Kings of Siam in 1782, the palace is now partially open to the public and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bangkok. […]

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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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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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11 of Asia’s Best Wellness Retreats

With thousands of years of experience in traditional healing practices and some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, Asia is truly a special place to take a wellness retreat. Whether this means a total body cleanse, a yoga course or simply spending every day in the spa, it’s up to you. We’ve created this […]

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Cuisine with a Dash of Culture – 5 Asian Dishes With a Surprising Origin Story

Think chowing down on local eats and exploring history are mutually exclusive? Think again! We dug into five Asian dishes and drinks with a backstory as fascinating as its origin country. Nearly every dish in every country has a little something to say about culture. Great food, after all, doesn’t happen without a big helping of local flavour. […]

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