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My Japan Trips

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I’m lucky enough to have traveled to Japan five times now visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Arashiyama, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Mt Fuji, Hakone and more. I’ve been sharing memories and tips on my blog since 2008 and this page collects all the main links together plus other useful blogs, guides and trip reports, resources, maps and more. I hope you find it useful in planning your own trip!

Main Links

My Japan Zines

japan zines and books

I have self-published lots of Japan-themed zines and guides inspired by my own trips and research. Print editions are available at Asking For Trouble and digital PDFs at Etsy & Payhip. My guides are no longer updated – you can still get them as free/pay-what-you-can downloads at my Ko-Fi Shop. I also wrote The Super Cute Book of Kawaii for Pop Press/Penguin.

My Japan Trips

Tokyo Area Guides

My 2016 Mini Tour

More Things to do

My Character Cafe Visits

Plan Your Japan Trip

More Japan Posts

Guides, Blogs and Books

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I love to read your trip reports and look at your photos so please contact me.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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