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If you’re planning to move between cities in Japan you’re best off purchasing a Japan Rail Pass, or JR Pass, it will save you a huge amount of money. It also includes some local travel in the cities which will also save you some money. Working out the rail system in Japan will take a little while but once you get the hang of it it’s fairly easy to navigate. Well lets say you will navigate it with minimal hiccups!! (Yes I’m giggling right now!).

Through my contact with other travellers on Instagram, I was given the ‘heads up’ about a fantastic group of volunteers located in Kyoto. The Good Samaritan Club are a group of university students that love their city and like to practice their english skills. Out of that need, a brilliant initiative was born for all tourists visiting Kyoto.

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If you are going to visit Kyoto, firstly I suggest that you don’t do what I did and try to see it all in one day. My advice is to give yourself as long as you possibly can but read on to see how much you can fit into 24 hours. Kyoto is the cultural centre of Japan and the spot that the Japanese visit on their holidays to experience to learn the traditions and history of old Japan. Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over a…

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I had always considered Japan to be too expensive for a family of 5 so when the prospect of a girls trip was floated I knew I had to convince the others that Japan was the perfect spot. Luckily it didn’t take too much convincing.