Lynn Mallinger

My interest in travel began at a very young age. My parents, who were both teachers, would take long trips during their summer holidays and I was fortunate enough to be taken along with them and experience the many wonders and curiosities of new cultures and destinations in my childhood. We would regularly visit my mothers’ family and friends in North East Asia, and so I formed a bond with this region from a young age.

After finishing school, I left my home country of Luxembourg and began exploring the world as soon as I could. When I’d graduated from university, I decided to make my dream come true and go on a year-long solo world trip. I immediately fell in love with the travelling lifestyle and was eager to discover more of the wonders this beautiful world has to offer. Over the last eight years, I travelled extensively across every continent and today, I am proud to say I continue to lead a nomadic lifestyle, spending most of my time in Asia, where my heart is.

Of the many countries I have visited, the one that captivated me the most was Japan, “The Land of the Rising Sun”. Travelling from ultra-modern Tokyo with its extra-terrestrial-like skyscrapers to the meticulously manicured gardens and peaceful temples of Kyoto gives just a glimpse into the diversity Japan has to offer. From breath-taking mountain scenery, striking landscapes, the clean air of the Japanese Alps to state-of-the-art technology, exquisite hospitality, rich traditions and history – ancient castles, buddhist temples, and shinto shrines – Japan has so much to offer to everyone. Plus, when it comes to relaxing in stunning surroundings, the Japanese have mastered this to the finest details – no trip is ever complete without some down time spent bathing in natural hot springs.

One of the great things about Japan is that there is never a bad time to visit. The beauty of this country can be enjoyed all year round. In spring the cherry blossom blooms, in winter the mountains are deep with powder to be skied, summer is filled with local cultural festivals, and in autumn the leaves turning is a sight not to miss. Japan keeps both seasoned travellers and first-time visitors in awe, whatever the time of year.

Traveling is my passion and Japan my precious gem. It is my pleasure to help others make their trip as perfect and memorable as it can be. A surely fascinating voyage full of endless discovery is awaiting you.

Wild deer in Miyajima
Us together in Japan
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
View of majestic Mount Fuji
Shirakawago in winter
Magical Fushimi-Inari Taisha
Cherry blossom in Takayama
Temple hopping in Kyoto
Changing leaves in autumn
Toji-Temple in Kyoto
enjoying the traditonal Onsen
Eating Mochi for dessert
autumn foliage
Tokyo Metropolis
Torii gate in Kyoto
Yummy Sushi
Tokyo street food
Drinking some matcha tea
Yummy seafood
Ishiura Shrine in Kanazawa

For food lovers, there is even more to discover. “Washoku” (Japanese cuisine) has such a high reputation that it was declared a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage. Open your mind and taste as much different Japanese food as you can. You will discover new flavours and textures that you have never tried before. Before you tuck in, make sure to take a second to appreciate the exquisite presentation of the food. The culinary experience is both a visual and tasteful one and I’m certain that it will blow your mind! – Lynn, Japan Specialist

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