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Rebecca in Tsumago, Japan

Rebecca, Japan & Vietnam Specialist

For me, the appeal of both Japan and Vietnam is the same, despite being very different destinations. They both offer a fascinating contrast between the ancient and the modern, a huge diversity of landscapes and experiences on offer, and all importantly, incredibly welcoming and warm locals.

I lived in both Tokyo and Osaka for a number of years as a university student and as a teacher, struggling to come to grips with the language along the way. I fell in love with the weird and wonderful food, the immaculate public transport, and the winding back alleys of these quirky cities where adventure is always to be found. It was whilst living in Japan that I was finally able to afford the air fare to Vietnam, which quickly became another obsession. Locals sat on train tracks in Hanoi drinking coffee, the colours and spices of a morning market, the hum of the Mekong delta, the rolling hills of the Northern Alps; I was instantly hooked. Now having travelled the country extensively, I am amazed that I always find something new and exciting on every visit.

After reluctantly returning home, I now use this passion for travel to create incredible experiences of Japan and Vietnam for others. When I'm not travelling, you can find me at the cinema watching anything and everything, or exploring London with my trusty bike. 

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I'll never forget when…

The Shimanamikaido is the longest set of suspension bridges in the world, linking Japan’s mainland of Honshu to the smallest of the main islands, Shikoku, via a handful of green islands and beaches. There is a dedicated cycling path the whole way, offering incredible vistas and even the chance to do a bit of swimming, or whirlpool spotting from the Naruto Bridge. This eight hour cycle is one of the most memorable moments of my time in Japan, mostly down to the incredible views, and sense of camaraderie amongst other cyclists on the path. Whilst some parts are admittedly quite hard work, the feeling of cruising down one of the main bridges whilst taking in the beautiful panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea and its islands, wind in your hair, was more than worth it! I will also fondly remember not being able to walk properly for the following couple of days.

Photos of Rebecca

Rebecca at Iya Valley in Shikoku, Japan Rebecca at Iya Valley in Shikoku, Japan
Rebecca enjoying the Kenrokuen gardens in Kanazawa, Japan Rebecca enjoying the Kenrokuen gardens in Kanazawa, Japan
Rebecca on a cycling tour of Takayama, Japan Rebecca on a cycling tour of Takayama, Japan
Rebecca taking a rickshaw tour of Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan Rebecca taking a rickshaw tour of Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Rebecca walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago, Japan Rebecca walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago, Japan
Rebecca in Hanoi, Vietnam Rebecca in Hanoi, Vietnam
Rebecca at Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia Rebecca at Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Photos taken by Rebecca

Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue
Shimanami kaido cycling route Shimanami kaido cycling route
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido
Matsue Castle Matsue Castle
Iwami Ginzan shaft Iwami Ginzan shaft
Iwami Ginzan Exit Iwami Ginzan Exit
Iwami Ginzan town Iwami Ginzan town
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido
Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido