Retrace Andrew's Journey

National Geographic's Digital Nomad, or @wheresandrew as he's known on Twitter, spent a month exploring Japan. From the stylish streets of Tokyo to the mountains of Hokkaido, the beautiful city of Hiroshima, and more, Andrew explored the full expanse of the island nation.

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    Tsukiji in Hipstamatic

    I kicked off my first day in Japan by waking up super early (4 a.m.!) and heading down to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. A tradition that dates back to the Edo period ...

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    Two Tokyos

    I arrived in Japan two days ago—two days that I spent in Tokyo, two hours of which I spent in two totally different cities, just two blocks apart. I was keen to explore ...

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    Buried Alive

    They buried me alive before breakfast. My shallow grave had been dug already; the quiet man in the blue coat simply laid me down inside, pressed my legs tightly together ...

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    Sweating in Sapporo

    I spend my first day in Hokkaido sweating with strangers. Although, honestly, I am already sweating when I arrive. The flight lands in a rainstorm of mist and scattered drip-drops ...

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    Bad Goes, Good Comes

    I met him in the water—that morning, back in Hokkaido. After a week in Japan, I feel more comfortable bathing with strangers in the onsen—perhaps because it happens so often ...

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    Japan in a Day

    I wanted to travel across all of Japan in a day. You can do that here, thanks to the incredibly fast bullet train that connects Japan’s major cities ...

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    Running in Hiroshima

    It’s OK to wear black socks with white running shoes in Japan. That’s what I tell myself as I tighten my laces and head down the hall of my hotel. It’s not like I’m going to blend in anyway ...

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    Faces of Japan

    Travelers know that it’s people who define the places we visit and that it’s often the people that we remember the most ...

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    101 Things I Love About Japan

    As my journey in a country comes to an end, I tend to get very sad. Often, my only consolation is to take stock of what I’ve experienced and feel joy for each one ...

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    Sayonara Song

    Saying goodbye might be the hardest part of travel. Despite all the miles I clock and all the countries I visit, I have yet to perfect the process of bidding farewell ...

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