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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

Travel. Rinse. Repeat.

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Relaxation. Isn’t that often one’s motive behind planning a vacation?

When finalizing a trip, you might imagine that a weeklong jaunt in another country will leave plenty of time to unwind. But with jam-packed itineraries, time-zone changes, and efforts made to acclimate yourself to a new culture, relaxation seems a near impossible feat. Let’s be honest – once flight time, transportation, and checking-in and out of your accommodations are calculated, you have already lost half a day on both ends of your trip.

Gain it back.

My advice? Take a bath.

Do not shy away from the fact that you wish to indulge such a selfish luxury, when you could instead be exploring the terrain. Take a bath!

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