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My favorite things and places from a truly dreamy AFAR-enabled Spin the Globe trip.
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1 Chome-6-8 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0011, Japan
Put on that cotton yukata and those complimentary slippers, order in a traditional Japanese breakfast, sit cross-legged on that tatami mat, and have the calmest morning ever in the middle of the Osaka hustle-bustle.
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2 Chome-8-28 Higashishinsaibashi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0083, Japan
All of the fried octopus delights you crave, including takoyaki. A fantastically friendly staff. Japanese businessmen drinking Zima. Classic rock soundtrack. What more could you ask for?
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Japan, 〒761-3110 Kagawa-ken, Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-chō, (Sonota), 香川県香川郡 直島町宮の浦
Take the ferry from Uno to Naoshima Island, rent a bicycle, and ride from museum to installation to art house! Dreamy. Favorites include James Turrell at the ChiCha and Yayoi Kusama at the Benesse.
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Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
A big thank you to the small town of Nara for allowing me to live out a deer-feeding fantasy I didn't even know I had.
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Japan, 〒542-8510 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nanba, 5 Chome−51−5 高島屋大阪店 2F
I made several meals of just wandering the aisles of the Takashimaya department store basement, grazing on a variety of bite-sized foods. The Japanese really know how to snack. See all of our ideas for where to go in 2015.