Staying in a Capsule Hotel in Japan is definitely an experience in itself and well worth a try, especially if you’re travelling solo or with a group of friends.Continue reading “Capsule Hotels for Tourists in Japan”
Many visitors to the Snow Monkeys in Japan, often come in on a tour bus and leave the same day. But if you have the time, you’ll get so much out of staying a night or two in the nearby traditional town of Shibu Onsen.
Situated about 35km from Nagano, the small town of Shibu Onsen sits in the Japanese Alps next to the slightly larger town of Yudanaka. It is full of traditional wooden ryokans (traditional inns) and onsens (hot baths).Continue reading “Shibu Onsen – Hot Baths & Snow Monkeys”
There’s just something magical about seeing a flurry of vivid, silk kimonos breezing through the streets of Gion in Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto.
The click-clack of wooden geta (sandals) on cobblestones and the tinkling bells from hair decorations accompany the young women, the geishas of Kyoto, that are carrying on one of Japan’s most celebrated traditions.
In this article I’ll give all the tips on when, where and how to see them, along with a few etiquette rules regarding the geishas in Kyoto.Continue reading “Where To See Geishas in Kyoto”
The food in Japan is so much more than sushi and sashimi. If seaweed and raw fish have you doubting Japanese cuisine, think again! Your tastebuds are in for a whirlwind of smells, sights, tastes and textures!Continue reading “What Food Should You Try in Japan?”
Before my first trip to Japan in 2009, I watched the movie Lost in Translation, it was probably responsible for me actually booking the trip. The cinematography was intoxicating but there was one scene that I just really, really wanted to experience in person. When the main character Charlotte goes off exploring Kyoto, she comes across this really quiet shrine and witnesses a traditional Japanese wedding procession. The bride was wearing a giant white hood and a white, silk kimono and looked completely ethereal. I needed to see this in person but I didn’t know how.Continue reading “How to See Part of a Traditional Japanese Wedding”
Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love Japan. It’s definitely my favourite country to visit overseas and I will happily gush superlatives about the land of temples and tech to anyone who will listen. Here’s an overview on why Japan should be on your bucketlist!Continue reading “Why You Need To Go To Japan!”
It took a while to find, which was more a reflection of my inability to read a map than its hidden location, but the rise of stone stairs to a carved wooden door would indicate that I’d finally found the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.Continue reading “Mt Fuji’s Hidden Kimono Museum”
Tokyo has got to be one of my favourite cities in the world. It has everything you want in a destination; it’s ultra modern but peppered with pockets of old Edo, the food is amazing, it’s easy to get around and the city is one of the safest in the world!Continue reading “Top Tips for Tokyo”
There are many icons of Japan; sumo’s, sushi, weird sex robots, but my favourite would have to be cherry blossoms. Sakura (🇯🇵 桜, 🇨🇳 樱花), as they’re known in Japan, bloom once a year all over the country. The Japanese go mad for it! There are festivals, decorations, sakura-themed food and everyone flocks to their nearest park to sit under the trees to admire the blossoms. There will be lots of food and sake as they enjoy hanami (cherry blossom viewing).Continue reading “Best Places to see Cherry Blossoms in Japan”