Exploring Tokyo: Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo was built as a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and his wife, Empress Shoken.  I found this shinto shrine situated next to Harajuku station, a busy shopping area, with its 100000 trees and huge torii gates, oozing with tranquility.  This was just what I was looking for before starting off my shopping extravaganza in Harajuku, Omotesando down Cat Street straight to Shibuya.

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5 Tips to make planning your first solo trip less scary

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to visit that exotic destination you’ve always dreamed of.  You’ve managed to save up enough money to buy your plane ticket, you know where you want to go and the places you want to see…but here’s the catch: you’ve decided to do this journey alone, all by yourself, just me-me-me.  For whatever reason you’ve decided to go traveling alone, it will probably be the best investment you’ll ever make for your future.  So when all the excitement of your decision wears off, it can be replaced by a feeling of fear.  It’s okay to be scared, don’t worry, it’s completely normal.  I’ve complied five of my best practical tips to help take scariness out of your solo trip planning!

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