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The ABC’s of Shopping for Arts & Crafts in Japan

by R. Carnavale October 21st, 2014 | Arts & Culture, Destination Highlight, Shopping
If you're an arts and crafts aficionado, you'll find several Japanese stores that will cater to your shopping needs, whether you're interested in purchasing lacquerware, kimonos, pottery, antiques, yukata, books or woodblock prints.

Tokyo's Oriental Bazaar is the city's largest and best-known arts and crafts shop. You'll find dolls, kimonos, yukata, antiques, furniture, books on Japan and woodblock prints here. In addition to offering a wide selection of Japanese merchandise, Oriental Bazaar employs English-speaking staff and charges moderate prices.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Thursday
Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku [and a
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Tokyo, Japan

It is forcast to be Rain at 9:00 PM JST on October 22, 2014
High of 70, Low of 55

Destination Detour

4 Fun Animal Attractions Located In South Dakota

by Marnie Bii October 15th, 2014 | Destination Detour
Destination-Detour After you tire yourself soaking in the outdoor sights in South Dakota, including the ultra famous Mount Rushmore, explore the wild side with some animal attractions. With the pheasant, coyote and honeybee as the state representatives, it's no surprise that you can find so many specialized zoo and aquarium experiences. You can start your journey by frolicking through reptile habitats and end by tiptoeing past the bears. Read on for some destination ideas for your fun trip.

Reptile Gardens

Located just down the road from Mount
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Travel With Your Family To Japan

by Jessica B. October 20th, 2014 | Destination Highlight, Family Travel, Travel Style
If you think a trip to Japan with your kids may be too difficult, think again. Japan is a great, family friendly vacation spot. With a bit of careful planning, you should be able to enjoy a nice getaway that both your kids and you will remember forever. Here are a few tips for planning a family friendly vacation to Japan:

Ryokan: If you want a unique vacation experience, make sure your family spends at least one night at a Ryokan, a Japanese style inn. Most are very family friendly and love kids, but you may want to check before
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All Around London: Tips for Getting In and Out of the Big Smoke

by Editorial Team October 20th, 2014 | Budget Travel, Travel Style
Travel-Style Everyone dreams of going to London. The city has been known for years as a center of culture and heritage, and many will argue that no matter what other places in the world you’ve been, London will always have something special.

But just as with any other metropolitan city, the hustle and bustle of London can be intimidating. If you’re planning on making a trip out to the Big Smoke, you could probably do with these pointers for getting in and around the city:

1. Take Public Transport
Even those who aren’t privy to the state of London’s streets will know that
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4 Awesome Walking Tour Options To Explore In Japan

by Marnie Bii October 17th, 2014 | Action Adventures, Walking Tours
Active-Adventures You can directly experience Japan's gorgeous scenery by taking walking tours through key points in each region. Walking tours wrap cultural and historical lessons into each trip. In addition, you can meet new friends while developing a better understanding of the region and its people. You must reflect on your own physical abilities before selecting the best walking tours for you. Here are four options to consider.

Nakasendo Way

If you're in good shape and ready for a challenge, sign up for the Nakasendo Way walking tour. You'll need to be able to traverse tough terrain for several hours at a
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