Denise Stephens

Freelance writer

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I’m a New Zealand based writer who likes writing about New Zealand, Japan, culture, history, and solo travel.

My previous experience includes project managing heritage tourism projects.

The JR Pass - Is It Worth It?

The JR Pass (or Japan Rail Pass) has long been a staple item when planning travel to Japan. First-time visitors to Japan are frequently advised to get a JR Pass to save money. This advice is very misleading - it all depends on your itinerary.

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Where to find Tokyo's prettiest gardens | Tokyo, Japan - travelstoke

Tokyo is famous for its urban landscapes, but its beautiful gardens are an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Japanese gardens are carefully designed to create miniature landscapes which make it easy to forget that you're in a big city.

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Where to find Asakusa's cultural highlights | Tokyo, Japan - travelstoke

Visitors have flocked to Asakusa for centuries to visit Sensoji temple and surrounding attractions. It's one of Tokyo's older, more traditional neighbourhoods and a popular place to stay, with a wide range of accommodation from traditional inns to modern hotels and hostels. Walk around Asakusa and discover temples, shrines, shops, craftspeople and food.

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