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Honeymoon Adventure in Japan: Guest Blogger Kristin

I hope you are enjoying this honeymoon series as much as I am! Today I will introduce you to another wonderful friend who is always thoughtful and sweet, has a quirky and cute personality, and had the most adorable backyard wedding.

"Hi! I'm Kristin, also known as Mrs. Glasses over at Weddingbee.com! I'm going to take you somewhere exotic, dynamic, and simply amazing today. I lived in Japan for 3 years and I think it's a great place to have a honeymoon. Here are 5 great reasons why!"

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5. The Safety and Convenience...

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"Japan is famous for it's great train travel. All of Tokyois at your fingertips with it's railway system. The stations and lines are properly labeled in Japanese and English, as are announcements. The shinkansen, or bullet train, will quickly and efficiently connect you to the rest of Japan like Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and even the northern most island of Hokkaido. Very rarely will you have a frustrating or dangerous experience on the train - all of the privately owned train companies have helpful and friendly staff. And Japanis one of the safest countries in the world. You can travel and explore with peace of mind! Don't forget to purchase your JR Rail Passfrom your home country for discounts and package deals on rail travel throughout Japan."

4. The Party...

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"The Japanese are no strangers to having a good time. If you choose to honeymoon in Japan you won't be going to bed early. Bars, clubs, and loungesare active every night at all hours. You can stay out until 5 AM when the trains are up and running for the day! Find the smallest bar without tourists and I can guarantee a local will try to strike up a conversation and perhaps take you on a wild ride through karaoke booths and arcade parlors. Tokyo has a great energy and places to party include young Shibuya, trendy and exclusive Aoyama, or back alley Shinjuku. Avoid tourist laden and frankly dangerous Roppongi, the area that panders to foreigners.

The Japanese are also big on local festivalsand you can find a celebration almost any time of year. You can expect traditional folk dances, costumes, lanterns, food stalls, and in the summer - fireworks!"

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3. The Food...

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"These days Japanese food is the hip way to dine. But I guarantee your whole perception of Japanese food will change if you visit Japan. It's not just sushi; it's noodles, small dishes of delicately prepared pickled vegetables, curry, beef bowls, lots and lots of fish, and even amazing pastries and breads. You'll definitely need to step outside of your comfort zone but I'm sure you'll find something you'd like at an izakaya, where there are a variety of Japanese dishes in small bites offered, from fried chicken to raw horse. This is Japanese diningat it's most authentic! Discover it with your partner for memories that will last a lifetime - 'Hey honey, remember that time we ate blow fish?'."

2. Mount Fuji...

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"SeeingMount Fujiis a once in a lifetime experience. It is truly spectacular and the area surrounding it is beautiful. For a honeymoon, I recommend visiting Hakone, which is just a short one and a half hour train ride from Central Tokyo. You can go on a romantic rowboat ride with your new partner on Lake Ashinear the base of Mount Fuji. You can stay at a traditional "ryokan," or Japanese inn, and enjoy Japanese hospitality for a few days. While there, you can bathe in ahot spring- the area is famous for them! You can also take a ropeway to Owakudaniand discover the steaming sulfur valleys there. Or you can visit the artistic village of Goura. I would budget 2-3 days to explore the area and fully take in the majestic beauty of Mount Fuji.

Quick tip: Mount Fuji often hides behind clouds and haze. Spring is a great time to catch it! You can also climb Mount Fuji in the summer. It's a great way to bond and getting to the top to witness sunrise is said to be the most magical moment a person can have. Be physically fit, pack for freezing and rainy conditions, and budget for a full night on the mountain. Consider hiring a guide to help you."

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1. The Culture...

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"Going to Japan for your honeymoon would not involve days of leisure by the pool or on a white sandy beach. You will surely see, taste, and do things that are outside of your normal experiences. The people of Japan are very friendly and willing to share their culture with tourists. Visit the shrines and learn about the religions of Japan. Attend a traditional tea ceremony, sumo match, or baseball game. Eat at a ramen shop or izakaya and get to know the table next to you. Shop in the young and trendy districts of Shibuya and Harajukuand see the fashions. You will surely have unforgettable memories and adventures and I doubt you'll miss that fourth day of cat napping you would have had at an island resort!"

If you have any questions or need help planning your honeymoon to Japan, feel free to comment below. I'd be happy to help with your fun, adventure-filled, exciting honeymoon to Japan!

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