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Gifu: 5 Things you should try in Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡)

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A charming shop in Gujo Hachiman
Photo: Anette

Gujo is a small town in Gifu prefecture, an area most known for the historical city of Takayama and the Unesco-listed village Shirakawa-go. I recently visited Gujo Hachiman for the Gujo Odori festival, but there are many other things this little town has to offer for interested visitors. If you're looking for activities you can do while in Gujo Hachiman you can check out five of my recommendations in this post!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to become a Fukumusume (Shrine Maiden) - Imamiya Ebisu, Osaka

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Back when I was a student in Kyoto I had the chance to participate in the popular festival "Toka Ebisu" (十日戎) in Osaka as a "lucky girl" - fukumusume (福娘). This was a great cultural experience for me, and one of the most fun memories I have of my time as a student in Japan. Each year the Imamiya Ebisu shrine elects a total of 50 girls through the Fukumusume contest, and the lucky chosen get to work at the shrine during the 3-day long Osaka festival held on an annual basis in January, and if you are lucky you could have the chance to become one of the lucky girls of next year!

Monday, September 24, 2018

When and where to see Autumn Foliage in Japan 2018

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The five-star pagoda of Kyoto's To-ji (東寺 - East Temple)
Photo: Anette

Although most tourists are familiar with the Japanese cherry blossom period the autumn is almost just as popular among domestic travelers. The red-leaf season is known as kouyou (紅葉) in Japanese, which literarily means "red leaves". The Japanese red maple looks stunningly beautiful with its dark red colors and is a spectacle within short traveling distance whether you visit one of the bustling Japanese cities or the laidback countryside. Below you can find a chart by the Japan Rail Pass Official Vendor that shows when and where to visit:

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gifu: 7 Tips About the Gujo Odori Festival You Need To Know

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Non-stop dancing until dawn. This is the Gujo Odori.
Photo: Anette

Bon-Odori (A dance taking place during the Japanese Obon period) is a typical sight during summer in Japan, concentrating on mid-August. You can find these dances being held throughout the country, both in the bigger cities (here from Bon-Odori in Ebisu) and out on the countryside. Amongst them is the Gujo Odori taking place at Gujo Hachiman (郡上八幡) in Gifu Prefecture, known as one of Japan's three most important Obon Odoris. Every night tens of thousands of people come together to dance to the songs of ancient times, with the sound of their geta shoes clashing against the pavement and tunes of shamisen filling the air. As you get closer to dawn the sounds around you intensify, and it is as if you can feel the spirits of an age long gone. This is a Japanese Obon festival you wouldn't want to miss out on.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

【Announcement】Update in Blog URL - From Adventures of Anette to Vikingess Voyages

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Some of you might already have noticed that the logo and looks of my blog has changed. And there are more changes up and coming; as of October 15th I'm planning to change the URL of this blog from to I hope the new blog name Vikingess Voyages will be easier to use, and that you'll still come back to join me for more exciting adventures in Japan and abroad.

For those of you who have been following my blog, please bookmark the new URL so that we can stay in touch.

Lots of love,

Friday, September 7, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Five Easy Rules to Stay Safe in Port Moresby

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Some parts of Port Moresby are more idyllic - here from the Koki Fish Market
Photo: Anette

While Papua New Guinea is known as a fantastic destination for diving, bird watching and exotic festivals the capital Port Moresby, also known as Pom City, is infamous for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The situation might not be as bad as portrayed by some international media, but if you’re visiting the capital it is still best to take some precautions to ensure that you’ll be able to go back home with only pleasant memories from your trip. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Kayaking at Walindi Plantation Resort

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The Walindi Plantation Resort seen from a Kayak on Kimbe Bay
Photo: Anette

The Walindi Plantation Resort offers a wide range of activities for staying guests, including bird watching, a trip to local towns and villages in the area, a hot spring river, volcano trekking, snorkeling and most famously diving. After our diving day trip onboard one of the resort’s diving boats we took a day relaxing at the resort and spent the morning trying out one of the free activities you can do while there, namely kayaking.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Papua New Guinea on a Budget: A guide to Kokopo Market

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The Kokopo Market is the place to go if you're looking for some cheap fruit
Photo: Anette

One of the things that make it difficult to travel in Papua New Guinea is that there are few options available for budget travelers. Domestic flights, hotels, and food are all within the same price range as a lot of western countries despite the standard of service is below what you can expect in nearby destinations. If you're looking for a local experience where you also can save some bucks it would be a good idea to spend some time visiting a local market. During my visit to Kokopo for the National Mask Festival, I took the opportunity to stop by the Kokopo Market for some fruit. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Papua New Guinea: Diving Report from the Walindi Plantation Resort

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You can see various sea creatures lurking around in the waters around Kimbe Bay
Photo: Anette

Papua New Guinea is known for its world-renowned diving spots, and diving was also one of the main activities on the bucket list for things we wanted to do while visiting the country. After arriving in Port Moresby we took the first local airplane to Hoskins Airport in Kimbe where we were met by the Walindi Plantation Resort shuttle bus taking us the 1-hour drive to the resort. We were eager to dive into the pristine Papa New Guinean waters, so for our first day at the resort we signed up for a full day of scuba diving.

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A modern day shield-maiden who loves to explore the unbeaten paths of the world. From her base in Tokyo, Anette takes on both rural and urban challenges, and goes by the motto "No challenge too big, no adventure too small"!
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