Best places in Japan to Travel

Top 9 Interesting and Favourite Places of Japan

9. Jigokudani Monkey Park

Jigokudani Monkey Park is a famous hot spring area near Nagano. The
name Jigokudani (meaning "Hell's Valley"), is due to steam and boiling
water that bubbles out the frozen ground, surrounded by steep cliffs
and formidably cold forests. It is famous for its large population of
wild Snow Monkeys that go to the valley during the winter when snow
covers the park. The monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest
to sit in the warm hot springs, and return to the security of the
forests in the evenings.

8. Kiyomizu-dera

The Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple is located in Eastern Kyoto and can
be traced back as far as the year 798. An indoor waterfall fed from
the outside river keeps the temple in harmony with nature and not one
nail was used in construction. While locals used to jump off the edge
to have a wish granted (with a survival rate of 85.4%), modern
visitors can enjoy the shrines and talismans and artwork on display
without risking life and limb.

7. Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle is considered the best existing example of Japanese
castle architecture. It was fortified to defend against enemies during
the feudal period, but it has been rebuilt many times throughout the
centuries and reflects the different design periods. It survived the
bombings of World War II and is frequently seen in domestic and
foreign films, including the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice".
The white exterior and design give the castle the appearance of a bird
taking flight, earning the the castle the nickname 'white egret

6. Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a colossal outdoor representation of
Amida Buddha, one of Japan's most celebrated Buddhist figures. Cast in
bronze, the Great Buddha stands at over 13 meters (40 feet) high and
weighs nearly 93 tons. The statue reportedly dates from 1252. Although
it originally was housed in a small wooden temple, the Great Buddha
now stands in the open air as the original temple was washed away in a

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You're best bet is to teach English in Asia

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Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, etc. listed in approximate order of what kind of pay you can expect.
Most places will want a commitment of at least a year but it is possible to pick up casual part time teaching work. You could always take a one year position and then skip out early though.
If you want to redeeem people's confidence in you though then get a job and stick with it. Travel on your holidays. Eventually, if that is your goal, you may be able to find professional work after you build contacts and gain experience living in a country.
I lived and worked in Japan for over 5 years but only taught English the first year

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Is there any website online where I can book a vacation for anywhere in Italy (preferably Rome) in either July or August 2012? Someplace inexpensive would be nice. :)

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What is a good book to learn about Italy?

My dream is to take a trip to Italy one day. In the mean time I'd like to learn a lot about it first. What is a good recommended book that can help me learn lots about the country? I guess you could consider it a tour guide, but I want a book that'll talk about all parts of Italy: the food, the places, the shopping, typical famous attractions and must sees. I especially want to know about the beautiful country sides and villages outside of the large cities like Rome and Venice. Also maybe…

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Okay so I would really love the thought of going to Italy for a month in my gap year in 2012 (I know its way off, but I think I should start thinking about it now)

I wanted to go with one of my best friends, but one of them isn't having a gap year and the other just wants to stay in england and save money for university (she's also not a big fan of change and adventure..).

So my question(s) are..

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