Quirky & Unusual Things to do in Tokyo

Statue of Hachiko the Devoted Dog Hachiko truly is the embodiment of man’s best friend in this story of loyalty and devotion. Everyday Hachiko the akita would meet his owner at Shibuya Station after he finished work. Until one sad day the train came, but his master didn’t appear like usual – he had died of a stroke. However, Hachiko still returned the next day, and the next, and …

A Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

If you are a Harry Potter fan and you haven’t been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan (USJ), it really should be on your bucket list! You can easily visit USJ as a day excursion from Osaka during your Japan family holiday. If you are ready to hop on the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and go to Ollivanders to get your very own wand, check out what it’s like to visit the …

Love Japan? You’ll Want to Read This Post

A few months ago, some of you might recall, I made a blog post expressing distaste toward a certain universally-beloved city. Though I admitted within its text that several external factors could’ve colored my point of view (and a couple of internal ones, to be sure), the hate I received in response to my article was brutal. The comment that sticks with me most, however…

Ryokans vs. Onsens

As one of the top Japan travel resources on the web, my site attracts a lot of first-time travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun—and, understandably, a lot of questions. One question I often get, however, tends to confuse even experienced Japan travelers: Are onsens and ryokans the same thing? The short answer is “no”; the long answer is a sort of Venn diagram. I’m better at writing than I am at drawing, however, so I’ve put together a concise blog post that compares and contrasts onsens and ryokans, using real…

The Magical Kawachi Fuji Gardens Wisteria Tunnel, In Kitakyushu Japan

Kitakyushu is the northernmost city on Kyushu Island in Japan. In addition to Kokura Castle and the surrounding Katsuyama Park, known for its spring cherry blossoms, the area is famous for the wisteria tunnel located in Kawachi Fuji Gardens. Each spring, countless visitors flock to see this magical site. It is the 5th stop in the …

The Best Food in Japan’s Chubu Region

The Chubu Region of Japan may not be known for its cuisine, but it should be. My love for food knows no bounds, and I’m comfortable admitting that Japanese food is my favorite cuisine on the planet. Truthfully, It’s not even close. So, when I was searching for the best food in the Chubu region, you can be sure that my search was thorough. When I visited the Chubu …

Famous Places to Visit in Tokyo, Japan

You’ll never lack places to visit in Tokyo as it’s the world’s largest urban area with over 35 million people. Just let that sink in for a moment, it’s a city with the population larger than many countries. As a result, there are endless tourist attractions in Tokyo, restaurants to eat at and stores to shop in. However, the sheer volume of sights and activities means it can be hard to decide where to begin! The purpose of this post on…

10 Days in Japan Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Planning a trip to Japan? After spending years looking at beautiful and exotic photos of Japan, we knew we needed to visit Japan and see the country for ourselves. We wanted to see the colorful temples and shrines, eat the world’s best sushi, ride on a bullet train, be dazzled by its neon lights and soak up Japanese pop culture. We did all of this and more on a wonderful 10 days in Japan itinerary that focused on the best sites in Tokyo and Kyoto. Where to go in Japan? There are so many fabulous places to…

The Toyokawa Inari Shrine: A Treasure of Japan

The fox plays a prominent role at the Toyokawa Inari Shrine When I first stepped foot on the grounds of the Toyokawa Inari Shrine, the local tour guide smiled, looked me in the eye and proudly noted that “you could fit two Tokyo baseball stadiums” within its confines. However, the actual size of the shrine area wasn’t its most notable feature. What was most apparent, almost immediately, was the presence of stone foxes. On the trip through Central Japan…

3-day Kyoto Itinerary, Japan

There’s so much to do in Kyoto, it’s hard to know where to begin. Everything looks so beautiful, and with over two-thousand temples, how do you narrow down your selection of things to see and do? I spent five days in Kyoto, but three days seems to be the most popular length of time to spend in the city. For this reason, I’ve picked out my favourite places in Kyoto across five days and put them into …

Japan’s Nakasendo Way – Passport Magazine

I’m walking along the Nakasendo Way somewhere between Hosokute and Sekigahara, Japan…in the rain. The slow, persistent drizzle has pruned my hands as I futilely clutch my five-dollar umbrella that I’ve dragged 6,800 miles from New York City. I was told that rain apparel would be necessary and I half-listened, making sure that my jacket and hiking shoes were waterproof, but forgoing what I now realize is another essential piece of gear—a sturdy umbrella. So I simply get wet. I’ve given up on the idea that a local …

Japan Photos: 15 Pictures from a Dream Come True

Japan Photos: 15 Pictures from a Dream Come True originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Traveling to Japan was a dream come true for me. It’s the first place I ever remember wanting to go when I was little. My grandfather had a maneki neko– those little ceramic cats that swing their paw back and forth. He told me stories about when he bought it in a dusty Tokyo shop in the 1950s, and showed me Japan photos from his scrapbook. Since …

Japan’s Most En-deer-ing Day Trip

Japan is great for many things, among them opportunities to get up-close and personal with animals. Whether you visit islands filled with cats and rabbits, an onsen where red-faced macaques bathe or a fox sanctuary, Japan is paradise for people who love to pet things. One of the most …

Carp and Dragon in the Viper Forest

I knew the clock in the taxi was wrong the moment I looked at it, but I didn’t know how. The sun had long since set by the time I’d hailed it at Kofu station, after all—it was too dark to see Mt. Fuji, let alone to extrapolate the hour of the day from the sky. Upon disembarking at the Tokiwa Hotel, I pulled my phone out of my…