Sapporo’s the main city on Japan’s far northern island of Hokkaido, and comfortably the largest Japanese city north of Tokyo despite being in by far the least densely populated part of the country (leaving the rest of the island very …

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“Cheap and yummy – that’s Osaka!” – my good friend Hiro, a true Osakan Osaka is the focal point of a sprawling conurbation (with Kobe and Kyoto) which forms the heart of the Kansai region and is Japan’s largest urban …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches at Kobe Wing Stadium. It may still be useful for future visitors to Kobe, so I’ve moved it here …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches at Toyota Stadium. It may still be useful for future visitors to Nagoya, so I’ve moved it here after …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches at Level 5 Stadium. It may still be useful for future visitors to Fukuoka, so I’ve moved it here …

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This beast certainly isn’t the prettiest stadium in Japan, but it is the biggest. The home stadium of Yokohama F Marinos FC, Yokohama International Stadium has a capacity of 72,300 and played a major role in both the 2002 FIFA …

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Still popularly known by its former name of Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe Misaki Stadium is home to Vissel Kobe (football J1) and Kobelco Steelers (rugby union Top League), so while not a dedicated rugby stadium it does see regular rugby …

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Shizuoka Prefecture’s 50,000 seat Ecopa Stadium opened just before the 2002 FIFA World Cup (hosting 3 games), and as the prefecture’s biggest stadium is used as a part-time home ground by both main Shizuoka teams (the nearby Jubilo Iwata, and …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

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A major J-League football stadium, Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium (de-branded as simply ‘Tokyo Stadium’ for the Olympics) has a capacity of 50000 and is home to FC Tokyo. It was one of the key stadiums in the 2019 Rugby World Cup …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

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Higashi-Osaka’s Hanazono Stadium is one of the few dedicated rugby venues being used in 2019, and prides itself on being ‘the sacred ground of Japanese rugby’. There are little signs of rugby fever everywhere in the detail of the road signs …

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The 45,000-seat Toyota Stadium is home to Nagoya Grampus Eight football club (the J1 club formerly of Gary Lineker and Arsene Wenger fame), and one of the most architecturally impressive of the lot. Yes, it’s the same Toyota as the …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

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This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby …

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A handsome little football stadium (capacity 25,000) discreetly tucked away within a residential environment, unlike the other two Kyushu rugby venues this one’s super convenient. You can walk to Level 5 Stadium in 25 minutes from Fukuoka Airport, which in …

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Heading to a match at Osaka’s Hanazono Rugby Stadium? There’s a shrine (Yoshita Kasuga Shrine) dedicated to rugby near the stadium where players & fans of the local team Kintetsu Liners pray for success on the field – if you …

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So I’m back in Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup (more on that here), and I finally made it to Tsukiji fish market! Even after living here for over a year, and having made so many visits to the city …

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Here are a few random Taipei smartphone pics that I posted on Instagram during my latest stint in Taiwan, thought I should post them here too because screw Instagram (I’m in Japan right now for the Rugby World Cup, see …

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I’ve been back in Taiwan for a few months now, and most of what I’ve put on the blog has been new & updated hiking content (see here). But obviously I’m not hiking every day (just once a week usually), …

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