Japan Series – Kawaguchiko

Imagine a place where all your troubles turn into vapour and float away as you overlook a gorgeous scenery you’ve only ever seen in pictures before. A place that makes you stop and revel at the beauty of life, where every single precise detail creates the glory of the bigger picture. That’s what staying at…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Shibuya

In spite of the fact there are no obvious sights in Shibuya, the district is one of those quintessential spots that pop into mind of most people when you say Japan, without them even realising the name of the crossing. The home of the iconic Shibuya crossing. The Crossing The crossing is the obvious reason…

Japan Series – Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is impossible to miss – in fact, if you do visit Tokyo, I challenge you to count how many times it pops up as you explore the city. At 634 metres, the world’s second tallest structure does anything but blend in. In the spirit of the saying ‘If you can’t beat them, join…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Harajuku

Before visiting Harajuku, I had this preconceived notion of what the area was going to be like – I expected outlandish Harajuku girls with crazy hair and makeup everywhere! Little did I know that the district was going to welcome me with a huge forest-like park, where you practically forget you’re in the middle of…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Akihabara

Akihabara is probably what most people have in mind when you say Tokyo: colourful high rise buildings, anime, high tech gadgets and an overall sense of outlandishness surrounding you. It would be a shame to think that these stereotypes are all there is to the city, as Tokyo is probably one of the most multi-dimensional…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Asakusa

The Asakusa district is a bustling yet charming area filled with market-style shops and a home to the popular temple Senso-ji. It’s easy to find – simply hop on the Asakusa Line on the underground and get off at the Asakusa station. Shopping District The neighbourhood is vibrant and colourful, great for a stroll if…

Japan Series – Travel within Japan

I’m by no means an expert, but these tips may come in handy if you intend to travel to Japan. 1. Japan Rail Pass Get it. We pondered over whether this was worth it and were trying to calculate how much each of our trips would cost individually, but the rail pass is invaluable. The…

Japan Series – Japanese Hospitality

I was fortunate enough to visit Japan this cherry blossom season (late March/early April) and I’m hoping to share some tips and impressions of the of places I’ve seen. However, before I get into that, I would like to talk about the most lasting experience of the my trip; Japanese hospitality. It may sound as…