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Where In The World (Japan) – Otaru, A Hidden Gem

If you’re reading this, it’s because no one guessed the mystery city. It’s called Otaru. (It was actually on the map that I put on the post for the first week.) Otaru is about a 20-30 minute train ride from Sapporo, the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido, and is home to many […]

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Where in the World (Japan) – Getting to Hokkaido (with thanks to Japan’s rail system)

One of the marvels of Japan is its train system. You could set your watch by the accuracy of the train schedule. Once, during my four years in Japan, I was on a train that experienced electrical failure and we were stuck for 20 minutes. When I reached my destination, I was greeted by a […]

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