Please enjoy a special guest post from Analytical Traveler community member, Rekha Bisht. The call for ultimate adventure is answered in Ladakh. One of the best places to visit in the Himalayas, it is a dream come true for thrill-seekers. This remote region in the Northern India state of Jammu and Kashmir is known as ‘Land […]
Panama offers a skyline that rivals Miami, the wildlife of Costa Rica, the tropical islands of French Polynesia and the charm of Cuba, yet is still underrated. My theory is those who were unimpressed with Panama simply did it wrong. If you visit Panama to check the Canal off your bucket list, spend half a […]
A man, a plan, a canal – Panama! Palindrome (first published by Leigh Mercer) Panama (República de Panamá) is known as the “Crossroads of the Americas” due to its position between North and South America. This small country in Central America has much more to offer than a canal, with incredible bio-diversity, idyllic tropical islands, […]
We spent an incredible three weeks in Japan this summer and only scratched the surface of this culturally rich and incredibly beautiful country. Whether you’re currently planning a trip or just curious about traveling to Japan, this post will answer some of the questions you may have. Is Japan expensive? What is a JR pass? Is it really a cash-based society? Do they speak English? Read on and find out.
For our first visit to Japan, we decided to stay in Kyoto for one of our three weeks, and it worked out perfectly. Kyoto is a cultural epicenter, having been the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. It is well preserved, being one of the few places spared during the WWII bombings due to it’s cultural significance. From the iconic torii gates of the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine to the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto encompasses one’s vision of Japan. You can easily spend a week (or a lifetime) in Kyoto, but it is also centrally located, making it an ideal basecamp for day trips to numerous places, including Nara and Himeji.
Japan is a great place for a family adventure. Besides being one of the safest and politest countries in the world, the kawaii culture is something to experience. From Hello Kitty trains to rows of gachopon toy capsule vending machines, kawaii is everywhere…and bound to make you and your kids smile. Another prevalent aspect of Japanese culture is the Shintoism and Buddhist influence. Besides the grand shrines and temples, there may be a little shrine in your AirBnB or a ceramic representation of an animal spirit (often kawaii such as the Tanuki) in front of a restaurant. Once your eyes are open to it, you can find them everywhere! Experiencing different customs and cultures with your children is the best education you can give them.