Booked to go to Tokyo in Golden Week? Don’t Panic

Mirrored shop front creating image of a crowd in Tokyo during Golden Week

Don’t go to Japan in Golden Week – say, every article, website and person who lives in Japan ever. So, imagine my horror when last year I realised I’d managed to do exactly that. Considering how many times I’ve been to Tokyo, how much time I spend reading about Tokyo or planning trips to Tokyo, …

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There’s an Alpaca Cafe in Taipei – and We Have Pictures

Two alpacas photographed in the Alpaca Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan

When I first heard that there was an Alpaca Cafe in Taipei, my response were noises so high pitched only dolphins could hear them. Excited did not quite cut it. Instagram was full of people getting Alpaca selfies – their curious little faces peering over their shoulders, reviews told tales of feeding them carrots and …

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Knife Massage in Taipei: Are You Brave Enough To Try It?

woman have a knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan.

My Taipei to do list. 1. Visit the village of cats. 2. Eat all the beef noodle soup. 3. Be tapped a few thousand times with a blunt meat cleaver. Yep, forget being massaged with hands, in Taiwan, there’s a more exciting blade-based experience on offer – knife massage. Used in China for thousands of …

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10 Quirky Things to do in Taipei Alone

Cat asleep at a cat cafe in Taipei, Taiwan

Clean, safe, easy to get around Taipei is a great city for solo travel but what are some of the best things to do in Taipei alone? And more importantly, what are some of the more unique things that suit a solo traveller down to the ground. Well, here’s my list of ten great ideas… …

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The Awesome Village of UFO Houses, Taiwan

Attention please, I have a request. I need all your spare change – and the name of someone who knows how to dispel evil spirits. Why? Because the top of my list of things to do in Taipei on my recent trip was visiting what’s known as the Wanli UFO village, a group of 15+ …

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Where to Find The Banana Vending Machine, Tokyo

Woman ordering from the banana vending machine in Tokyo

Vending machines in Japan are amazing. You can buy everything from them – cold drinks, soup, beer – and in one machine, bananas. Every time I’ve been to Tokyo, a trip to the banana vending machine has been on my must-do list – so here’s how to add it to yours. Why is there a …

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