A Guide To The 5 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

A Guide To The 5 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

Chances are you haven’t heard about Uttrakhand, a state in the North of India. Uttrakhand has had brief moments of popularity in the West such as when the British Empire built hill stations in Uttrakhand as their summer escapes, or when The Beatles stayed in an ashram in Uttrakhand in the 1960s. Uttrakhand is very popular with tourists who escape to the mountains during the heat of the summers in India. In places like Nainital hill station, Mussoorie hill station and Binsar hill station, you can enjoy lots of outdoor adventure activities like trekking and climbing but in the milder summer temperatures and surrounded by the scenic Himalaya Mountains. In winter though, Auli hill station has some of the best skiing in India. Finally, Chamba hill station is perfect for its proximity to Rishikesh, a world famous yoga centre, so you can accommodate different interests of family members. 

About Uttrakhand

Uttrakhand? Where’s that? You’ve heard of the famous Golden Triangle of India, the beaches of Goa, the houseboats of Kerala, and maybe even the Golden Temple of Amritsar. If you are visiting New Delhi and other well-trodden tourist areas in India in the height of summer, you may want to schedule in some time in the hill stations of Uttrakhand for a break from the oppressive heat. 

What about Uttrakhand? Uttrakhand is a super popular destination with domestic tourists in India.  These tourists flock to the hill stations set up by the British Raj in the 19th century to escape the stifling heat of the lowland portions of the country

Uttarakhand, part of the enormous Himalayan range boasts of captivating views, tranquil environs, and perfect weather. The land of spirituality is bordered by the countries of Tibet and Nepal in the north and east (respectively) the Ganges plains in the south and the state of Himachal Pradesh in the west. Some of the hill stations in Uttrakhand even  boast of snow-packed mountains. 

The geography of Uttrakhand made it perfect for the location of hill stations. Hills stations were places established by colonial rulers at high elevation which became towns in their own right eventually. Of course, they also needed to be convenient to where the ruling elite usually gathered. For example, the distance from New Delhi to Dehradun in Uttrakhand is only about 150 miles. 

The hill stations of Uttarakhand are well known not only for their amazing nature and panoramic views of snow packed mountains, but also the plethora of adventure activities. The area is a haven for adrenalin junkies who can enjoy camping, paragliding, mountain biking, rappelling, jet skiing and more.

Hill Stations of Uttarakhand


Although there are lots of hill stations of Uttarakhand, here is a hand-picked list of some of the most popular ones.

Nainital Hill Station 

You can’t talk about Uttarakhand hill stations and not mention the Nainital hill station. For mesmerizing views and perfect weather, Nainital hill station is the one of the best hill stations in Uttrakhand to choose.

A Guide To The 7 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

Nainital Lake is the jewel of hill station Nainital

The beautiful Naini Lake and the green hillsides with densely wooded hills makes it a perfect retreat for tourists. Some of the favorite places in Nainital include Tiffin Top, Guano Hills, Hanuman Garhi , Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, Naina Devi Temple, and Eco Cave Gardens. Another must-do at hill station Naintal is a boat ride on the Naini Lake.

Mussoorie Hill Station

Considered the queen of the hill stations in Uttrakhand , Mussoorie Hill Station is indeed the pride of Uttarakhand. Mussoorie  boasts of breathtaking scenic beauty as it is located amidst the rolling Himalayan ranges.

You don’t need to be a mountain climber to enjoy the scenic Himalyan mountains at Mussoorie Hill Station

You don’t need to be a mountain climber to enjoy the scenic Himalyan mountains at Mussoorie Hill Station

Mussoorie Hill Station  is a perfect spot for adventure seekers who are looking for an active holiday including paragliding, trekking, river rafting and mountaineering. You can stay in one of the leading hotels in Mussoorie and make the most of this splendid Mussoorie hill station. Places to visit in Mussoorie Hill Station include the Clock Tower, Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower and Cloud’s End.


Chamba Hill Station

Chamba is one of the most picturesque hill stations in Uttrakhand.  The tiny Chamba hill station with unspoiled nature and slopes with pine trees offer an impressive view of Himalayas. Moreover, Chamba Hill Station is close to both Mussoorie Hill Station and Rishikish (the so-called Yoga Capital of the World). If all of your family is like mine, you may split up for couple of days where some of you would prefer yoga and others want more action and adventure. 

A yoga complex in Rishikesh which is conveniently close to Chamba Hill Station if you are travelling with companions who prefer yoga to outdoor adventure.

A yoga complex in Rishikesh which is conveniently close to Chamba Hill Station if you are travelling with companions who prefer yoga to outdoor adventure.

There is an impressive variety of Himalayan fauna and flora here which makes the Chamba hill station highly attractive. The Ravi River and the Chal River are the two main rivers of the region. Enjoy the romantic monsoons in Chamba or the great weather in the summers. Tourists also come here to enjoy camping, trekking, and climbing.

Auli Hill Station

Auli hill station is a delight or winter sports enthusiasts. The best time to visit Auli hill station for winter sports is January to March. With panoramic view of the Himalayas, Auli hill station makes for an unforgettable experience for those who love winter sports. Auli is fast becoming one of the best places to ski in India with many ski resorts.

Any thoughts about Uttrakhand immediately bring to mind the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

Any thoughts about Uttrakhand immediately bring to mind the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

There are plenty of trekking trials for trek lovers and the most popular are Auli-Kuari Pass trek and Auli to Badrinath for adventure trekking. You can even take a cable car ride to Auli from Joshimath (an important Hindu pilgrimage destination).

Binsar Hill Station

The highest of the hill stations in Uttrakhand  is Binsar hill station located 7600 feet above sea level. Binsar Hill Station is just perfect for both nature lovers as well as fans of adventure travel.

The hill stations in Uttrakhand offer many opportunities for trekking.

The hill stations in Uttrakhand offer many opportunities for trekking.

Situated amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, from Binsar hill station you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snowy Himalayan peaks and slopes covered with Himalayan oak and rhododendron forests. Those slopes boast of some great treks as well as plenty of wildlife and bird’s species. Among the wildlife at Binsar hill station, you can spot black bear, pine marten porcupine and leopard as well as more than 200 species of birds.

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Chances are you haven’t heard about Uttrakhand, a state in the North of India. The British Empire built hill stations in Uttrakhand as their summer escapes. In places like Nainital hill station and Mussoorie hill station, you can enjoy trekking and climbing surrounded by the Himalaya Mountains. In winter, Auli hill station has some of the best skiing in India.Check out the best 5 hill stations in Uttrakhand, India! #uttrakhand #india #hillstation

Chances are you haven’t heard about Uttrakhand, a state in the North of India. The
British Empire built hill stations in Uttrakhand as their summer escapes. In places like
Nainital hill station and Mussoorie hill station, you can enjoy trekking and climbing
surrounded by the Himalaya Mountains. In winter, Auli hill station has some of the best
skiing in India.Check out the best 5 hill stations in Uttrakhand, India! #uttrakhand #india
#hillstation

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Why You Should Visit The Kobe Earthquake Museum Commemorating The Kobe Earthquake of 1995

Why You Should Visit The Kobe Earthquake Museum Commemorating The Kobe Earthquake of 1995

The night of the Earthquake in Kobe 1995, the narrator of the video said she fell asleep next to her sister like she had every night for the last 15 years. She woke up to rumbling in the wee hours of the morning and furniture crashing around the room. Her sister was trapped under debris of their house. When she heard the rescuers searching for them, her sister told her to go first. She managed to get out before the building collapsed completely. She never saw her sister again. The teenager is now a woman and not surprisingly still traumatized by the events of that morning of January 1995 and the Kobe Earthquake in Japan. Her story is one of many told at the Kobe Earthquake Museum. This well planned earthquake museum also explores the causes of the Kobe Earthquake, the effects of the Kobe Earthquake, the responses to the Kobe Earthquake as well as staggering facts about the Kobe Earthquake and its enormity.

What To Expect At The Kobe Earthquake Museum

The great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution is quite the name for the Kobe Earthquake Museum. The spiffy modern earthquake museum Kobe has erected commemorates the tragedy of a short and brutal earthquake.

An artist rendering of the Earthquake Museum Kobe has erected to commemorate the 1995 Kobe Japan Earthquake.

An artist rendering of the Earthquake Museum Kobe has erected to commemorate the 1995 Kobe Japan Earthquake.

The Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum comprises of two buildings connected by a walkway.  After you buy tickets you are told to go to the top floor of the opposite building and work your way down.

Clearly my kids have been in Japan too long because they are walking dutifully along the straight line leading to the entrance of the Kobe Earthquake Museum!

Clearly my kids have been in Japan too long because they are walking dutifully along the straight line leading to the entrance of the Kobe Earthquake Museum!

Among the best exhibits is an interactive video of an earthquake simulation similar to the 1995 Earthquake in Kobe Japan (complete with English translation).  You also walk through a Kobe street that showed how the 1995 Kobe Eartquake affected it.

Then there was a video of the Kobe Earthquake with grainy CCTV footage. You got headphones that translated everything to English  The actual footage  being CCTV footage brings real immediacy to what you see. What you see are actual houses crumpling, bridges falling and trains crashing – the effects of the Kobe earthquake as it was happening.

A diorama showing the effects of the Kobe Earthquake on ordinary houses which crumpled like paper.

A diorama showing the effects of the Kobe Earthquake on ordinary houses which crumpled like paper.

The most sobering realisation about watching the Kobe Earthquake 1995 damage? You can’t  comfort yourself that the footage isn’t real because it was produced through Hollywood magic.

Over the images you hear the memories of the survivors of the earthquake in Kobe 1995. Some examples of the Kobe Earthquake effects on real people:

  • a child being given a teddy bear by the Girl Scouts of America;
  • a letter pinned to the front door by a son living in Osaka who rushed down to see if his parents were safe;
  • a husband who fell asleep downstairs in th family home remembering the wife who died sleeping in their bedroom; and
  • a family who survived with the only damage to their home being a set of broken golf clubs.

Overall we thought the message of the Kobe Earthquake Museum was uplifting. This disaster happened but the 6000 people who perished in the Kobe Earthquake in Japan will not be forgotten or have died in vain.

Some Interesting Facts about the Kobe Earthquake of 1995

A listing of the Kobe Earthquake facts show the severity of the catastrophe. The Great Hanshin Earthquake was short and catastrophic.

  • Over 100,000 buildings collapsed during the Kobe Earthquake.
  • The Kobe Earthquake death toll was 6,000 people. Another
  • In the Kobe Earthquake 1995, 27,000+ people were injured.
  • Although lasting only 20 seconds, the Kobe Earthquake magnitude registered 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • There were 35,000 people pulled out by rescuers from damaged buildings.
  • Just as devastating 1995 Kobe Earthquake itself, the post-earthquake fires raged out of control. These fires hampered the government responses to the Kobe Earthquake,
  • The 1995 Kobe Earthquake caused $132 billion worth of damage.

A diorama of a refugee center for the survivors fo the Kobe earthquake in Japan.

A diorama of a refugee center for the survivors fo the Kobe earthquake in Japan.

People did not feel the responses to the Kobe Earthquake by the Japanese government were adequate. The Kobe 1995 Earthquake facts show:

  • There were 300,000 survivors who had to be rehoused temporarily thanks to all the Kobe Earthquake 1995 damage.
  • One of the primary effects of the Kobe Earthquake for the survivors was coping with utility services being cut off.
  • After the Kobe Earthquake responses focussed on rehousing people. There were 1153 centers created to house the thousands of refugees who were left homeless after the Kobe Earthquake in Japan. Many of the refugee centers were converted from schools.
  • Many of the older refugees just couldn’t cope with the change of routine and inconvenience that resulted from the 1995 Kobe Japan earthquake. For example, we heard the story of a grandmother who refused to eat because the washrooms were unclean in her opinion.

The Kobe earthquake responses to the 1995 Kobe Earthquake included encouraging people to get back on their feet.

The Kobe earthquake responses to the 1995 Kobe Earthquake included encouraging people to get back on their feet.

Kobe Earthquake Causes

Of course, the Kobe Earthquake cause is natural and out of human hands.

Earthquakes in Kobe Japan are a result of Japan’s geographic position near fault lines and moving tectonic plates in the Pacific ocean.

On the other hand the Kobe Earthquake effects were magnified by man-made issues.

The Kobe Earthquake Museum did not shy away from the fact that the effect of the 1995 Kobe Earthquake were magnified by overpopulation and over-building. There was such a huge loss of life because Kobe is heavily populated.

Many of the deceased and displaced were older residents who lived in buildings which did not meet the newer Japanese building codes. These buildings followed the regulations from the 1960’s which experts had already proved were inadequate. The new rules which came into force in the 1980’s, however, did not apply retroactively to older buildings.

The Best Bits About the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

The Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum is really well laid out and has spacious thought-provoking exhibits about what caused the Kobe earthquake, the effects of the Kobe earthquake on the city and its people and the government’s inadequate responses to the Kobe Earthquake. It’s a beautiful set of modern buildings too.

The gleam of the modern facade of the Kobe Earthquake museum.

The gleam of the modern facade of the Kobe Earthquake museum.

The survivors stories really brings home the impact of what happened during the 1995 earthquake in Kobe Japan. For example  hearing a large number of people were impacted by the Kobe earthquake 1995 damage is not the same as being told even one person’s story. It is the individual stories of loss, resilience and hope that you remember.

The Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum was upfront about the issues that plagued the response to the Kobe Earthquake. It was widely felt that the Japanese government was slow to react and disorganised. Many people spent extended time in temporary housing waiting for their permanent homes to be built.. There were lots of older people who felt isolated  when they were relocated to temporary homes far away from their usual lives.

Considering I find the Japanese to be wizards in efficiency (have you used their trains??), I was surprised by the grumbling. You heard the grumbling at how terrible the FEMA response was to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans but even a country as super organized like Japan can get caught flatfooted in a natural disaster caused emergency.

What The Earthquake Museum Kobe Could Do Better

We felt the Kobe Earthquake Museum would have been better if there were more exhibits written in English explaining more of the Kobe 1995 Earthquake facts.

There’s a film about the earthquake and tsunami that affected Fukushima in 2011.  This film runs every half hour. Although it is another major Japanese natural disaster, this part of the museum feels like an afterthought. The Fukuoka disaster feels disjointed from what the museum is trying to say about the Kobe Earthquake which is the focus of the rest of the museum.

Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park

The Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park is part of Meriken Park in Kobe. After the Port of Kobe was severely damaged, the bit that became the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park was preserved to show how bad the damage was.

The Kobe earthquake memorial park shows some of the primary effects of the Kobe earthquake.

The Kobe earthquake memorial park shows some of the primary effects of the Kobe earthquake.

Getting to the Kobe Earthquake Museum

The Kobe Earthquake Museum is closed on Mondays (and Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).

It is easy to reach the Kobe Earthquake Museum by train. The exit is Iwaya Station on the Hanshin main line  or Nada Station on the JR Line (handy if you are using a JR pass).  Exit the station and go downhill towards the sea and turn right at the busy main street.

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Why You Should Visit The Kobe Earthquake Museum Commemorating The Kobe Earthquake of 1995

Why You Should Visit The Kobe Earthquake Museum Commemorating The Kobe Earthquake of 1995

If you’re heading to Kobe, Japan, one of the best things to do in Kobe is visiting the Kobe Earthquake Museum. This well planned earthquake museum explores the causes of the Kobe Earthquake 1995, the effects of the earthquake, the responses to it as well as staggering facts about the Kobe Earthquake. Check out a few useful info about the museum + tons of interesting facts. #kobe #japan #kobeearthquake #earthquake #museum.

If you’re heading to Kobe, Japan, one of the best things to do in Kobe is visiting the Kobe
Earthquake Museum. This well planned earthquake museum explores the causes of the
Kobe Earthquake 1995, the effects of the earthquake, the responses to it as well as
staggering facts about the Kobe Earthquake. Check out a few useful info about the museum
+ tons of interesting facts. #kobe #japan #kobeearthquake #earthquake #museum.

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Why You Should Take Your Older Children To Visit The Children’s Peace Monument at Hiroshima

Why You Should Take Your Older Children To Visit The Children’s Peace Monument at Hiroshima

The city of Hiroshima in Japan has the sad honour of playing testament to the horrors of a modern warfare. Unlike Bayeux in France which was spared devastation during World War II by the tactical thinking of the British Allied forces, a large chunk of Hiroshima was explicitly flattened by the American military to bring Japan to its knees. The Hiroshima Memorial Park commemorates the area where the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II. Any Hiroshima walking tour of the park brings home the fact that thousands of children died on the site – a fact hammered home by the evocative Children’s Peace Monument.

Facts About Hiroshima Pre A-Bomb

The area that covers the Peace Memorial Park was a densely populated area prior to the A bomb. In fact, the busiest area in downtown Hiroshima, the neighborhoods had over 1700 households and almost 6000 residents. The city of Hiroshima itself had about 350,000 residents, including Korean and Chinese nationals and  a couple dozen American prisoners of war held at the nearby military jail.

In addition to the residents, there were thousands of others who were unfortunate enough to be in the area when the atomic bomb was dropped at 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945. These were citizen volunteers and junior high school students who were demolishing buildings.

A clock marking the time the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima – 8:15 AM.

These mobilised students were creating a fire wall with the expectation of future bombings on the city. The Americans had helpfully told the Japanese that bombs would be coming without actually pointing out that it wouldn’t be the usual type of bombs.  The demolished buildings would be a bulwark against the ensuing fires future bombs would cause.

A panoramic view of the density of housing in Hiroshima pre-Atomic bomb.

It’s hard to know how many people died in that atomic blast because the city’s records were also decimated. It’s estimated that 140,000 people died between the bomb exploding in August 1945 and the end of the year. Even the Hiroshima aftermath has been lost in the ashes that make up the Hiroshima park.

Fun Fact!  The oleander is the official flower of Hiroshima because it was the first plant to bloom again after the A-Bomb was dropped.

Three days after the Hiroshima sites were bombed, the Japanese city of Nagasaki was also targeted. Japan announced its surrender on August 15, 1945.

5 Interesting Hiroshima Bomb Facts

  • The Hiroshima Bomb, nicknamed Little Boy, was created with 141 lbs of Uranium of which the critical damage was caused by only 0.7g of Uranium. The Little Boy nickname came from the movie, The Maltese Falcon.
  • You hear about “Hiroshima Shadows”  – the ashes of people and objects permanently burned into the ground because of the intensity of the Atomic bomb blast.
  • American propaganda at first claimed there was no radioactive poisoning after the Hiroshima bomb was dropped.  This claim even appeared in mainstream publications like the New York Times.
  • As much as 25% of the people who died in the Hiroshima aftermath could have been of Korean descent. As many as 3 million Koreans were living in Japan during World War 2 to help ease the acute labor shortage. The records are murky because many of the Koreans were undocumented prisoners of war and/or sent back to Korea after World War II.
  • The monster Godzilla was spawned as a result of the Hiroshima bombing and was a metaphor for nuclear war.
Did you know? Lucky Kyoto had a narrow escape because it was on the original list of cities to bomb but an American cabinet member insisted Kyoto be spared because he had spent his honeymoon there.

A monument at Hiroshima memorial park

Hiroshima Memorial Park

The Hiroshima Memorial Park contains monuments such as the Children’s Peace Monument and museums such as the Hiroshima Peace Center Memorial Hall.

Hiroshima Dome

The Hiroshima Dome is all that exists of an exhibition center that was located on the site – similar to the Javits Center in New York City or Olympia in London. It was given UNESCO world heritage listed status in 1996.

The Hiroshima Dome was pretty much the epicentre of the atomic bomb but somehow parts of the structure managed to survive.

Hiroshima Arch

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum has exhibits on the atomic bomb and the Hiroshima aftermath. The Hiroshima Arch located nearby frames both the Hiroshima Dome and flame of peace Hiroshima – a before and after if you will.

The Hiroshima Arch is supposed to provide shelter for the souls of the perished.

The shape of the Hiroshima Arch is supposed to provide a shelter for the repose of the souls of the victims. In continuous operation since 1964, the flame of peace Hiroshima will only be extinguished when the threat of nuclear war is eradicated.

The flame of peace Hiroshima will run continuously until the threat of nuclear war is gone forever.

Children’s Peace Monument Hiroshima

The Sadako Sasaki peace monument is the more well known of the children’s monuments because of its colorful cranes.

The Sadako Sasaki Story

The Children’s Peace Monument commemorates the life of Sadako Sasaki who died of leukaemia after being subjected to radiation poisoning at the age of 2 when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima.

The children’s peace monument with Sadako Sasaki statue on top.

She wished to create a 1000 paper cranes which in Japanese folklore meant she would have one wish granted. She passed away after having folded 644 cranes.  People the world over have brought paper cranes to honour Sadako Sasaki’s wish.

Hiroshima paper cranes kept near the Sadako Sasaki statue

There is a bell under the Sadako Sasaki statue which you can ring.

The Memorial for the Mobilised Students

The Memorial for the Mobilised Students is another children’s monument is dedicated to the school children drafted into military works who lost their lives in the blast. Children from the age of junior high school were forced into helping the military such as working in factories or demolishing buildings. Of the approximately 8,000 children who were forcibly mobilised in Hiroshima, about 75% of them died in the Hiroshima aftermath.

The memorial for the 6000+ mobilised junior high school students who perished.

Hiroshima Peace Bell

The most famous Hiroshima Peace Bell is near the Hiroshima children’s peace monument. There are other versions of a Hiroshima Peace Bell scattered throughout the Hiroshima Park.

Ringing a Hiroshima peace bell

Hiroshima Peace Center Memorial Hall

Approximately 8200 students from local junior high schools were mobilised to create fire breaks by demolishing buildings. Approximately 6000 of these students died in the atomic bomb blast.

The Hiroshima Memorial Hall has a short documentary paying tribute to some of these students by family members left behind.

For example, one boy talks of running to the blast area to find his 12 year old brother and finding only his brother’s bento (lunch) box still filled with the warm rice that their mother had packed. There was nothing left of his brother. That bento box was taken to their family altar at home in memory of their lost family member.

The memorial for the students who forced into military labor draped with paper cranes of hope.

Many of the parents of these junior high school students could not find their children’s bodies. The young bodies were incinerated in the heat which ranged from 3000-4000 degrees Centigrade.

One of the parents spoke of how proud she had been of her son when he had gotten into his first choice junior high school. Weeks into his new school year which had just started, her 12 year old son vanished into thin air – never to be seen again, but never forgotten.

Hiroshima For Kids

Hiroshima for kids is a walk in the park. Literally.  The Hiroshima Peace Park is beautifully landscaped around the scarred remains of a tragedy.

Figuratively, however the monuments and remains of the Hiroshima sites in Hiroshima Memorial Park are a heavy tragedy to understand. Similar to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Memorial Park is a tragedy of unimaginable scale which needs to be carefully explained so that it is understood. I remember my kids not understanding why Anne Frank had to hide in an Amsterdam attic.

A statue in honour of Miekichi Suzuki who was born in Hiroshima and is considered the father of children’s literature in Japan.

A bit like the 9/11 Memorial Garden, a Hiroshima walking tour meant we could gauge how upset our children were getting and plan accordingly. Actually, having all that life-affirming nature at the Hiroshima park surrounding us helped.

Fun Fact!  The US National Arboretum in Washington D.C. has a bonsai tree that was gifted to the US by the Japanese in 1976 for the bicentennial celebrations. This tree has been around since 1625 and is a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing!  

I visited Hiroshima nearly 20 years ago well before I had kids. This time visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park with kids I was struck by the human toll of young lives. The stories of those innocent children’s lives lost and grieving families really hit home.

Is Hiroshima for kids? Yes, i believe it is. Protecting future generations from the horrors of the past neither erases what has happened nor honors the memories of those who have suffered.

Getting to Hiroshima

Getting to Hiroshima is relatively easy.  The bullet train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours. Getting around Hiroshima is straight-forward as well. There is a loop bus service that will take you from  Hiroshima train station to the Hiroshima Memorial Park. The distance from the train station to Hiroshima Memorial Park is about 3 kilometres.

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What To Do in Boracay With Kids (+ Great Family-Friendly Boracay beaches)

What To Do in Boracay With Kids (+ Great Family-Friendly Boracay beaches)

Boracay has always been and will remain as one of the most sought-after destinations for families in the Philippines. Especially now that the island is newly improved (after 6 months of rehabilitation), the beaches of Boracay are once again poised to be among the best in the country. The natural and effortless beauty of a Boracay beach still stands out above the rest with its powdery white sands and turquoise waters…with the emphasis on “powdery and white”. In addition to the spectacular Boracay beaches there are plenty of other things to do in Boracay Philippines,  Spending time on Boracay with kids is a perfect family vacation option similar to Palawan, the other favoured family destination in the Philippines. In fact, why not make it a two center holiday? It’s easy to get from Boracay to Palawan on a short flight from Busuanga Island.

What to do in Boracay For Beach Lovers

Families who love the beach and take comfort in nature, will not be disappointed with Boracay beaches. Although the main option to just laze on the sand and get the perfect tan on a Boracay beach, there are other Boracay attractions that families can all do and enjoy together for that one ultimate island getaway you will always talk about at every family gathering.

Boracay Beach and island-hopping

Boracay White Beach is the most famous but it is one of many Boracay beaches. There are other beautiful and much quieter Boracay beaches on the island. Other great beaches include Puka beach in Boracay, Ilig-iligan beach and Bulabog beach (famous for its watersports).

Some of the beaches of Boracay have limited access points:

  • Punta Bunga (accessible through Movenpick Resort),
  • Banyugan (only accessible via Shangri-La) ,
  • lapus-lapus (only accessible to guests of Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Resort).

If the island becomes too crowded and busy for the kids’ liking, hop on a boat and take your whole family to another island more exotic but equally as beautiful as Boracay. You can book private tours in Boracay online quite easily. Some of the islands you can visit are: Magic Island (cliff-jumping is a must-try) and Crocodile Island (for swimming and snorkelling).

Boracay White Beach may be the most famous of the beaches of Boracay but not the only Boracay beach

Boracay White Beach may be the most famous of the beaches of Boracay but not the only Boracay beach

Explore the 3 stations of Boracay White Beach

On a lazy day, what you can do as a family is just explore the entire stretch of Boracay White Beach. There are 3 stations to explore on Boracay White Beach.

  • Boracay Station 1 is where most of the high-end resorts are situated. The beach front is wider and less busy.
  • Boracay Station 2 is basically the busiest part of Boracay White Beach. You can find the biggest mall on the island here (D’ Mall) and the highest concentration of bars and restaurants.
  • Boracay Station 3 is for budget travellers because most of the hostels and budget accommodations are located on this side. The beach here is very beautiful but slopes steeply in some part.

Play beach sports together and then have a bonfire

Kids can spend hours building sand castles together but adults can have their own Boracay activities. There is a wide array of beach sports on Boracay beaches to enjoy together, like Frisbee, beach volleyball, or soccer. After the sun has set, you can arrange for a bonfire pit to warm yourself by, while exchanging stories with your family and grilling marshmallows.

Water sports are among the things to do in Boracay Philippines

Water sports are among the things to do in Boracay Philippines

Get a massage on the beach, henna tattoo and braids

A massage on the beach is always a treat and everyone in the family deserves this after a long day of fun activities. A lot of beach resorts in Boracay offer pampering spa treatments.

Top Tip!  You can score big discounts on beach massages with a large group.

Henna tattoos on a Boracay beach are fun and nice (unless you are allergic to ink). They don’t last that long (perfect for teenagers). You just need to go to one of the stalls and choose the design that you want or you can think of your own design and let the artist create it for you.

Finally, a braid is always well-liked by kids and young adults and it puts some people to sleep (like a soft head massage).

A Boracay beach is the perfect place for a snooze in the sunshine

A Boracay beach is the perfect place for a snooze in the sunshine

Non-Beach Boracay Activities

There are plenty of things to do in Boracay Philippines when you tire of the beach. When you visit Boracay with kids you can enjoy both land and sea-based Boracay activities.

Sail on a glass-bottom boat

Kids will have a great time checking out the underwater life in the waters in the sea which is one of the most amazing Boracay attractions. With a glass bottom boat kids can  look into the water without getting wet. which is great for less-adventurous or non-confident swimmers.

An aerial view shows off a wide stretch of famous Boracay beach

An aerial view shows off a wide stretch of famous Boracay beach

Go on a thrilling banana boat ride

Kids love banana boat rides.  Banana boatss are inflatables shaped like a banana and you will have to hold on for your dear life as the boat is pulled by a speed motorboat. This activity is done with life vests and helmets so kids are safe while still having a thrilling ride.

Ride a Paraw and sail onto the sunset

One of the best things to do in Boracay Philippines is watching the spectacular sunset which luckily is a regular occurrence. Instead of just  waiting for the sunset at one of the beach resorts in Boracay, try to watch it on-board a Paraw. Quite and environmentally friendly, Paraw sailboats use the wind and no motor to navigate. Families might prefer to book this attraction in advance, since the availability is limited.

A sunset sail is one of the great Boracay activities available to you on vacation

A sunset sail is one of the great Boracay activities available to you on vacation

There won’t be enough space for a big group because Paraw sailboats are usually small and can only fit 4-5 people including the captain. You can hire 2 or more Paraw though to accommodate your whole family if you have more people.

Get a taste of the local seafood local-style

Western cuisines are great but when you are on the island, local seafood is still the best option. The best way to eat your seafood is to pick them from the market and bring them to one of the restaurants and ask them to cook it for you. One restaurant that is happy to cook your seafood for you is D’ Talipapa.

Indulge in local and fresh fruits

The Philippine mango is considered the best in the world. An island getaway with the family is not complete without drinking fresh coconut juice straight from the coconut shell.

Other local fruits to try are pomelo, lanzones (cream-colored clustered fruit with a bitter seed), watermelon, melon and avocado. There are numerous fruit stands in Boracay and you can also try different flavours of fruit shakes and juices.

A Boracay beach bar at Puka beach in Boracay

A Boracay beach bar at Puka beach in Boracay

Be adventurous and explore other Boracay attractions

If you want Boracay activities that take in  action and adventure, head out to the bat cave at dusk and watch numerous fruit bats go on their usual journey every night. Or jump from a cliff at Ariel’s Point located on the mainland. Kids can also try helmet diving (otherwise known as the marine walk), “mermaiding” (swimming with mermaid tails) and if you have money to splurge, rent a helicopter and go for that ride of a lifetime.

TripAdvisor Boracay : Check out what others have said about the beaches of Boracay and what to do in Boracay on TripAdvisor.

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What To Do in Boracay With Kids (+ Great Family-Friendly Boracay beaches)

What To Do in Boracay With Kids (+ Great Family-Friendly Boracay beaches)

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Why A Golden Triangle of India Tour Should Be On Your Bucketlist

Why A Golden Triangle of India Tour Should Be On Your Bucketlist

With amazing palaces, grand romantic gestures, and scrumptious food tick your boxes for a bucket list adventure. Then you should hurry over to visit the so-called Golden Triangle of India. Covering a super popular tourist itinerary in India, a Golden Triangle of India tour covers 3 cities (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and hundreds of years of history. In a short few days, you will get a highlights of India experience. If you are like most people, this short taster trip will leave you wanting to explore more of the country.  An Indian Golden Triangle tour though is intense. I would totally suggest a Golden Triangle and beach holiday combination to have a chance unwind and to reflect on all the amazing things that you have experienced before you go back to your own reality.

What is the Golden Triangle in India?

The Golden Triangle in India (sort of like the Golden Circle in Iceland) is a popular tourist route in India. Yes, The Golden Triangle India tour is not off the beaten path but for a quick overview of Northern India’s landscapes and heritage it can’t be beat. Sometimes the well-worn path really is the best one!

The Red Fort in New Delhi, a must-visit on any Golden Triangle tour

The Red Fort in New Delhi, a must-visit on any Golden Triangle tour

The Golden Triangle India encompasses three cities (Delhi Agra Jaipur) which includes the capitol city, the two UNESCO world heritage sites of Agra (the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort) and the proposed UNESCO world heritage site that is the city of Jaipur.

India Golden Triangle map

A quick look at a Golden Triangle Map India shows you where the Golden Triangle in India got its name. Yes, it’s a triangle! surprise. Here’ I’ve shown the Golden Triangle India with the suggested beach escape in Sri Lanka.

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Golden Triangle of India tour

The usual route for a Golden Triangle trip is from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur.  Each part of the journey takes about 4-6 hours. The best way to sightsee the Golden triangle of India is by car. There is an express train that connects these cities but it does take longer.

Golden Triangle tour itinerary

The three main city of the Golden Triangle are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

New Delhi, the capitol city, has much to see, such as, for example:

  • Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1570};
  • the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 17th century by the same emperor who built the Taj Mahal);
  • Qutb Minar (a UNESCO world heritage site built in the 13th century);
  • India Gate – A war memorial built in 1931
  • The Jama Masjid Mosque and the Chawri Bazaar in Old Delhi
  • The Raj Ghat – the Gandhi Memorial

Agra is located a distance of 210 kilometres (about a 3 hour drive) away. Everyone goes to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, both UNESCO world heritage sites. The Taj Mahal is indeed gorgeous but it is super crowded – no one leaves the Taj Mahal without forming an impression whether or positive or negative.

The Taj Mahal in Agra, one of the three prongs of the Golden Triangle in India

The Taj Mahal in Agra, one of the three prongs of the Golden Triangle in India

From Agra to Jaipur, the distance is about 240 kilometres (about a 5 hour drive). Jaipur has requested to have the historic city be protected on the UNESCO world heritage list (similar to Toulouse in France. Ouro Preto in Brazil and Philadelphia in the USA). It’s known as the pink city because of its many sandstone buildings.

Jaipur has many fascinating sightseeing places:  the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Observatory (Jantar Mantar), Amber Fort, the City Palace complex, Water Palace (Jai Mahal) and Wind Palace (Hawa Palace).

The distance from Jaipur back to Delhi is 250 kilometres (about a 5 hour drive).

Side Trips on a Golden Triangle Tour

Either on the way to Jaipur or on the way back to Delhi from Jaipur you should check out Fatehpur Sikri. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Emperor Akbar but was only occupied for 14 years. It had to be abandoned to the desert from which it sprung thanks to a chronic lack of water to keep the city going.

Another place for a detour is Ranthambore National Park (about a 3 hour drive from Jaipur) so that you can combine a India golden triangle tour & tiger safari . One of the largest national parks in India, it was once the hunting grounds of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Ranthambore is one of the best places to see wild tigers in India.

One great option is to combine a India Golden Triangle tour and tiger safari at Ranthambore National Park

One great option is to combine a India Golden Triangle tour and tiger safari at Ranthambore National Park

Udaipur is another interesting add-on in a tour of Rajasthan. Udaipur is famous its famous Lake Palace set in the middle of Lake Pichola.

If you have extra time after Delhi, you should try and combine a Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi, one of the most holy cities in India. The distance from Delhi to Varanasi is about 250 kilometres (about a 6 hour drive). People bathe and worship on the city steps along the Ganges River which is one of the iconic images of India and of the Hindu faith.

Golden triangle 6 days

If you have the chance to spend 6 days on a Golden Triangle Itinerary, you will have approximately 1.5 days in each of Delhi and Jaipur. You really don’t need more than 1 day in Agra. This really is an ideal minimum amount of time to spend in each place,

Golden triangle tour 5 days

Because of the driving times between places, a 5 day golden triangle tour India would give you only 1 day in each city (Delhi Agra Jaipur).

Golden Triangle Tour 4 days

For a Golden Triangle Tour 4 days, I would suggest 1/2 a day in each of Delhi and Agra and a full day in Jaipur. This Golden Triangle trip cuts out some of your Delhi sightseeing. If you had to choose between spending the full day in Delhi or in Jaipur, I’d definitely pick Jaipur which is just more representative of India than Delhi which is a cosmopolitan capitol city a lot like many others.

Amber Fort in Jaipur, the third city in the Golden Triangle India

Amber Fort in Jaipur, the third city in the Golden Triangle India

Golden Triangle Tour 3 days

Sure you can do a Golden Triangle tour in 3 days but I would not recommend it. This type of Golden Triangle India tour will have you zipping along from place to place all day and evening with hardly have any time to appreciate the places you are visiting. You will be spending more time in the car than out of it but if you are short on time doing a Golden Triangle tour in 3 days is totally feasible. I understand that ‘needs must’ and vacation time is precious.

A Golden Triangle and beach holiday

We did a 7 day Golden Triangle Tour in India and we were exhausted. It was beautiful and amazing and all the superlatives you could think of – but also tiring.  We even had a luxury Golden Triangle tour with a private driver and staying at some of the best Oberoi hotels in India. We did, however, chose to visit all of  Fatehpur Sikr, Udaipur and Ranthambore National Park and a few days in Mumbai on our way to Kerala.

We did not combine a Golden Triangle and beach holiday because we thought our relaxing time would be spend on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala. Ha! That was more sightseeing.  Spectacular but not relaxing.

Mirissa in South Sri Lanka is perfect for a beach holiday in Sri Lanka

Mirissa in South Sri Lanka is perfect for a beach holiday in Sri Lanka

If I were to do it again, I would recommend a beach holiday in Sri Lanka. The country of Sri Lanka has miles of sandy coast line dotted with a wide choice of great luxury hotels from the boutique to the eco-friendly.  The gorgeous colonial town of Galle is a gateway to some amazing beaches on the South Coast. Mirissa, also on the south coast of Sri Lanka, is known for its whale watching opportunities.

I hope you’ve found these ideas for a Golden Triangle tour in India helpful. My suggested Golden Triangle India itinerary is supposed to be adaptable for however long you choose to spend in the area. Sightseeing the Golden Triangle in India is heavy on the history, culture and urban aspects of the country, I would strongly recommend some downtime.

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Why A Golden Triangle of India Tour Should Be On Your Bucketlist

Will amazing palaces, grand romantic gestures, and scrumptious food tick your boxes for a bucket list adventure? Then you should hurry over to visit the so-called Golden Triangle of India. Check out this super popular tourist itinerary in India that covers 3 cities (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and hundreds of years of history! #india #itinerary #goldentriangle #indiatravel

Will amazing palaces, grand romantic gestures, and scrumptious food tick your
boxes for a bucket list adventure? Then you should hurry over to visit the so-called
Golden Triangle of India. Check out this super popular tourist itinerary in India that
covers 3 cities (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and hundreds of years of history! #india
#itinerary #goldentriangle #indiatravel

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Why Vintage Japanese Dolls Make Affordable and Cool Japanese Souvenirs

Why Vintage Japanese Dolls Make Affordable and Cool Japanese Souvenirs

When you are travelling in Japan, you see lots of antique Japanese dolls for sale.  These dolls are a relatively affordable souvenir even if they are Japanese porcelain dolls. Sure they aren’t as cheap as a Chinese-made fridge magnet but they are way also way cooler and have a cultural significance.  The most elegantly beautiful vintage Japanese dolls we found were the Hina dolls from the Hinamatsuri festival celebrated on March 3rd every year. Alternatively, the folk art chic of Japanese wooden dolls may better fit your modern aesthetic.

The Hina Dolls

The Hina dolls are associated with Hinamatsuri in Japan, a festival that ensures the healthy growth of a daughter.

Fun Fact! The Awashima Jinja shrine in Wakayama is filled with 1000+ vintage Japanese dolls with the most numerous being Hina dolls.

Japanese antique dolls like these Hina dolls make cool Japanese souvenirs

Japanese antique dolls like these Hina dolls make cool Japanese souvenirs

What is the Hinamatsuri Festival?

The Hinamatsuri festival is a girls’ day celebration on the 3rd of March. Hinamatsuri in Japan is celebrated for daughters until their 10th birthday.

Each family brings out their Hinamatsuri doll set which is a series of dolls placed on a red tiered carpet. Yes, the dolls have a hierarchy too. There will always be a man and a woman on the top tier of Hinamatsuri dolls which is supposed to represent the Emperor and Empress.

At the top of the Hinamatsuri doll set are representation of the Emperor and Empress, representing the hierarchy in society as well.

At the top of the Hinamatsuri doll set are representation of the Emperor and Empress, representing the hierarchy in society as well.

The Hinamatsuri festival has a macabre origin story. The legend goes that one of the mythical founders of Japan (sort of like Romulus and Remus for Rome) purified himself after visiting the Land of the Dead. This purification used to include human sacrifice. During the Heian period though, ritual purification could be done by transferring your issues to a doll and throwing it in the river or sea.

Fun Fact! The Heian period was named for its capital city which is now Kyoto. The Heian period was a flourishing time for Japanese culture. It lasted from 794-1185

The Nagashi Bina Festival which is more like the Heian period festival of transferring uncleanliness onto a doll is still celebrated in some places, including the Shimigomo Shrine in Kyoto. There is a Nagashi Bina Doll Museum in the city of Tottori.

Hinamatsuri dolls wear traditional outfits from the Heian period, widely regarded as a glorious period in Japanese cultural history.

By the late 17th century, the Nagashi Bina festival transformed into the Hinamatsuri festival which is widely celebrated  today in Japan.

The Hinamatsuri Doll Set

Usually a family gets the first two dolls (the Emperor and the Empress) of a Hinamatsuri doll set by the first birthday of their child. You don’t need to have any more Hina dolls because that is the basic set. The dolls are offered little food offerings and sake. We discovered that Shintoism in Japan seems to love sake offerings!

They Hina dolls are displayed for only a brief time because of the superstition that if you left them up too long they would be responsible for the daughter’s late marriage. Heaven forbid.

You can see how detailed and beautiful a Hina doll can be in this version.

You can see how detailed and beautiful a Hina doll can be in this version.

How many more tiers of dolls you have depends on how much  money you have. A Hinamatsuri set ranges from 5-7 tiers with 15 dolls.

Below is a 3-tier Hinamatsuri doll set which has the Emperor and Emperess and their courtiers and musicians in traditional court dress from the Heian period.

A 3 tiered Hinamatsuri doll set.

A 3 tiered Hinamatsuri doll set.

A Hina doll is expensive to buy new. For example a full 5 tier set of Japanese porelain dolls can cost a couple of thousand US dollars. Usually families pass down the Hinamatsuri doll set from generation to generation.

Why Are Second Hand Hina Dolls Affordable?

You can, however, get a Hina doll fairly cheaply in second-hand stores. Antique Japanese Hina dolls are not bought by Japanese families. Dolls are supposed to take on human characteristics by virtue of looking like humans. It’s fine to inherit your doll from your family members but you will invite bad spirits into your home if you bring a stranger’s Hina dolls into your home!

My daughter thought they were beautiful until she heard the superstition about them having spirits of their own. Then she just thought they were creepy.

HInamatsuri dolls are used in the Hinamatsuri festival celebrated annually in March.

HInamatsuri dolls are used in the Hinamatsuri festival celebrated annually in March.

So there are lots of Japanese antique dolls floating around Japan that no longer belong to a family. It’s not like you can throw them out because that would really bring the reign down the wrath of a Japanese spirit. (Remember the Japanese horror movie, The Ring? No one wants that). So, these Japanese antique dolls get flogged to foreigners who appreciate them for their beauty and don’t have the attendant superstitions associated with them.

I did buy two vintage Japanese dolls before I learned about the legend and my daughter got spooked. Unfortunately, one of the Hina dolls lost his head somewhere in transit. The Japanese spirit associated with my headless Hina doll is probably very annoyed but has yet to pay me a visit. Sort of like the legend of the Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow, he’s probably still out there searching for his head (somewhere in baggage claim).

Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi dolls are simple wooden Japanese dolls that originally started in the Northeast of Japan.

Farmers made these Japanese wooden dolls from scraps of wood to wile away the time during the winters. Kokeshi Japanese dolls were probably a good luck symbol.

Fun fact!  Traditionally farmers made and gave Kokeshi dolls to their children to ensure a good harvest.

Then kokeshi dolls got sold as souvenirs to people visiting the onsens (hot springs) in the area in the early 1800’s during the Edo Period. Eventually they also became a toy for children. Sometimes a Kokeshi doll was given to a woman who had lost a baby through miscarriage or abortion.

Unlike the Hina dolls, the Kokeshi dolls meaning were believed to be a good luck charm. They were both a guardian of children’s souls but also able to contain the spirits of ancestors. Personally, I would have thought that was just as creepy.

There is a Kokeshi Museum in Osaki City which has about 5000 Japanese kokeshi dolls on display.

Vintage Kokeshi Dolls

The vintage kokeshi dolls you will find are super-simple. They have a hand-drawn face, no arms and legs, and a floral design on the body. There are apparently 11 different types of Kokeshi patterns which are associated with different onsens. You may find the artist’s signature on the bottom of a Kokeshi doll.

Vintage Kokeshi dolls are handmade so each are different

Vintage Kokeshi dolls are handmade so each are different

Simple as they are, Kokeshi dolls take a long time to make because the wood is left outside to age for up to 5 years. The wood used can be cherry, dogwood, chestnut or Japanese maple. They are always made of wood, hand-carved andhand-painted.

You are basically looking for a Kokeshi doll that is pleasing to the eye. You want one that is not too top heavy and has a nice pattern. We saw some that my daughter classified as having “weird” faces but really it is a personal preference.

Modern Kokeshi Dolls

Modern kokeshi dolls appeared in the 1950’s and are more colorful and artistic. Artists were allowed more freedom to express their creativity unlike in the vintage kokeshi dolls. Also called creative kokeshi dolls, the body is painted wearing clothes like kimonos or yukatas. Unlike the vintage kokeshi dolls, modern kokeshi dolls can be made on special machines (but are still handprinted).

you can see how modern Kokeshi dolls got their style

you can see how modern Kokeshi dolls got their style

Kimmidoll Collection

The Kimmidoll collection takes the modern kokeshi dolls even further away from the traditional types. Inspired by Kokeshi dolls, Japanese kimmidolls contemporary collectible dolls. Kimmidolls are a mass-market approach to a Japanese tradition. They aren’t as charming as a the aged look of vintage Japanese dolls in my opinion but my daughter thought they were super pretty.

A kimmidoll keychain capitalises on the traditional Kokeshi craft.

A kimmidoll keychain capitalises on the traditional Kokeshi craft.

Each Kimmidoll represents a positive characteristic e such as laughter, understanding, love or entertainment. We got our Kimmidoll keychain at Kiddyland, a Japanese toy superstore in the Ometesando neighborhood near Harajuku.

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Hinamatsuri dolls make cool Japanese souvenirs but they do have a creepy legend associated with them.

Hinamatsuri dolls make cool Japanese souvenirs but they do have a creepy legend associated with them.

Finding the perfect souvenir from Japan can be a hard task. So much choice for gifts from Japan! I love the vintage and antique Japanese dolls that you can find for sale in Japan. The most beautiful I found are the Hina dolls display from the Hinamatsuri festival. Discover why these dolls make the perfect souvenir! #dolls #hinamatsuri #festival #japan #japanese

Finding the perfect souvenir from Japan can be a hard task. So much choice for gifts from
Japan! I love the vintage and antique Japanese dolls that you can find for sale in Japan. The
most beautiful I found are the Hina dolls display from the Hinamatsuri festival. Discover why
these dolls make the perfect souvenir! #dolls #hinamatsuri #festival #japan #japanese

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