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Okinawa Itinerary: 5 Days in Japan’s Winter Island Paradise

When people dream of visiting an island paradise, rarely do their minds drift beyond the possibilities of the South Pacific or the Caribbean. So here’s another possibility, with just as many beaches and tropical fruits, and some impressively good chocolates: the southernmost islands of Okinawa, Japan. In Okinawa in winter, the climate is warm and …

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Japanese Chocolate Culture, From Bean To Bar

Of all the chocolate destinations I’ve traveled to, Japan has continued to have the most complicated backstory. From pocky sticks and Meiji “THE Chocolate” bars to world-class chocolateries & craft chocolate makers, Japan’s got a little something for everyone. But the development of all this chocolate infrastructure has been a slow process, constructed over the …

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Fukuoka Chocolate Guide: 11 Places to Get Your Cocoa Fix

For anyone accustomed to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Fukuoka is a completely different experience. It’s got those trademark sky-high buildings that characterize all of Japan, but with a fraction of the population density. Their chocolate scene, too, counts itself with many fewer chocolate shops of any kind, and just 2 chocolate makers close …

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Cacaoken: Craft Chocolate Making in The Japanese Countryside

Japan’s quietly growing craft chocolate scene is a direct contrast to the futuristic image it projects. The country’s had an astounding number of chocolate makers set up shop over the last half decade, but most of them are in cities & settings we haven’t heard of: Onomichi, Kitakyushu, Niigata, Iizuka. There are a fair number in Osaka …

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