Okay. The reason I’m super busy this week is because me and my friends are starting to build a community for travelers in Japan.
You might be saying: Oh, another one. But this one is different. Why?
With visa restrictions all over the world getting more relaxed (especially in Japan for the past 5 years) and air travel becoming more affordable, traveling has now become accessible to a wider audience.
Consequently, people have now become more independent when it comes to traveling. In the past 20-25 years, people used to rely on a lot of travel agencies to arrange tours. But now, the trend is doing it yourself. DIY traveling is now the trend. With all the information available online, this is so easy to do and much more rewarding.
The idea of online sharing has also been trending lately. To name a few: Beme and Snapchat have started real-time video-sharing, Uber went with ride-sharing, and Airbnb is massive in the apartment-sharing business.
Inspired by these, our group thought about a creating a platform where people can create and share past and future events with each other. This is also a place where people from all over the world who are looking for something fun to do in Japan. A real trip that is created by real people in the hopes of creating the best travel experience in Japan.
The website is coming soon! I’ll give you all the details about it.
But for now, connect with us on Facebook! Please share and invite your friends!
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know!
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For the last part of oshogatsu (winter break), me and my friends decided to head on to nearby Nara. Nara is most popularly known in Japan for its free-roaming deer but the city also has a rich past. It is the first imperial capital of Japan and was established around 710. You can easily compare and contrast the shrines and structures here with those in other parts of Japan.
The city is small and easy to navigate for a day trip. From Kyoto, you can take the JR Nara line for 710 yen one way. The train ride is about 55 minutes long via the rapid train and about 1.2 hours via the local train. Getting around is best done on foot. For those who are in a rush, you can take the “Gurutto” bus (color red) which goes around the major tourist attractions for 100 yen per trip.