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Exploring Japan with Alex from Swedish Nomad

Do you get your travel inspo from Insta? We bet you spend your Friday evenings drooling over destination photos instead of going out like a normal human but hey, we’re with ya.

Our latest travel crush is Japan so we spoke to one of our fave Instagrammers, Alex, from Swedish Nomad who recently visited Japan with his girlfriend. Warning: look him up on IG (@swedishnomad) and we guarantee you’ll be left green in the face with envy. Travel envy that is…

What inspired you to visit Japan?

I’ve always been fascinated by Japan since the culture is so different to Europe. It’s an amazing mix of high-tech robots and neon lights and ancient temples and traditions. Plus, who doesn’t dream about being a samurai!?

 

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Where were you most excited to visit in Japan?

Before visiting Japan, I was really excited to visit Tokyo and Kyoto, just because that’s what you hear about the most. Our first trip to Japan was very touristy and not as off the beaten path as we normally travel. We really wanted to see all the iconic spots in Tokyo and Kyoto, but we also decided to explore Osaka and Okinawa.

I was really excited to photograph the temples in Kyoto and to see the geisha, as well as the infamous Cherry Blossom.

 

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Where was your favourite place in Japan?

Hard question, but if I have to choose one place, I would go for Tokyo, just because it’s such a cool city, and the fact that you can find literally anything here and beyond. You never stop being surprised by this mega city.

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However, Okinawa was full of surprises. Before booking our trip to Japan, I had never heard about or thought of Japan as a beach destination, but many of the beaches in Okinawa could be deemed as the most beautiful in the world. The climate is quite tropical and different to the main island; it’s basically the Japanese version of Hawaii!

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What recommendations do you have for future travellers going to Japan?

  1. If you have time, spend 2 to 3 weeks in Japan so you have plenty of time to experience several places without rushing.
  2. Use public transport, it’s the best and most convenient public transport I’ve experienced in the world. Delays are rare, the trains are super-fast and most places are well connected with frequent departures.
  3. Buy an English-Japanese translating device. They are really nifty and will give you a better experience if you want to interact with locals. Don’t get me wrong, Japanese people are very friendly and polite, but not many speak English fluently, which can be a problem if you want to have a deeper conversation.
  4. Read up local etiquette before you get there. Respect is a big part of the Japanese culture. If you’re all about local experiences, don’t be ‘that guy’. Speaking of local, you 100% need to stay at a Ryokan!

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