Atami: A Secret Seaside Onsen Town

Japan has a number of onsen, or hot spring, towns that have had their rise and fall in popularity throughout the years. Atami is one of Japan’s onsen towns that has seen its glory days, and moved past them. I’m not quite sure why this cute, seaside onsen town had its fall from grace. ButContinue reading “Atami: A Secret Seaside Onsen Town”

A Great Beach Near Tokyo: Morito Coast

It’s August in Tokyo. This means that Japanese summer is in full swing, with high temperatures and humidity, and the seemingly endless roar of cicadas. It’s also 2020 so we are all trying to navigate our daily lives as responsibly as we can due to Covid-19. I desperately needed a beach day, but as youContinue reading “A Great Beach Near Tokyo: Morito Coast”

A Quick Enoshima Day Trip Travel Guide

Enoshima is a small island dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess Benzaiten. Legends say that it was this goddess of water that made this island rise from the sea many many moons ago. You will see several beautiful shrines as you climb towards the Enoshima Sea Candle dedicated to her and her husband, the dragon god.Continue reading “A Quick Enoshima Day Trip Travel Guide”

The Best Sightseeing Spots in Kamakura and How to Get there

The city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture is an excellent place for sightseeing in Japan. It was at one point the capital of Japan and the seat of the Kamakura Shogunate. As a result, this city has a lot of historical sights, old-world charm, and a great modern cafe scene without the crowds of Kyoto.Continue reading “The Best Sightseeing Spots in Kamakura and How to Get there”

New in 2020: Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura

I recently went to Kamakura for the first time and as my sightseeing would be spread out, I wanted a hotel close to Kamakura Station. Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura just opened in April 2020, and it is gorgeous. They went with a really open, wooden, organic design which feels clean and relaxing. This hotel is justContinue reading “New in 2020: Hotel Metropolitan Kamakura”

Night Walks in Nakano: A Tokyo Photoblog

There is nothing quite like Tokyo seen at night. I think most people associate that with images of glittering metropolitan centers such Shinjuku and Shibuya. But my favorite places for a night walk in Tokyo are narrow alleys brimming with Izakaya and street food. Something about the lanterns with their colorful lights, the mouthwatering smellsContinue reading “Night Walks in Nakano: A Tokyo Photoblog”

Renting a Kimono for Kyoto Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Kyoto is always a delightful journey to the past. The narrow alleys and traditional wooden buildings are complemented not only by the Geisha and Maiko that are rushing around to jobs but also by all of the visitors joining in on the fun by renting kimono. If you are going to explore Gion,Continue reading “Renting a Kimono for Kyoto Sightseeing”

My Visit to Tokyo’s Square Enix Cafe

So, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake has officially been released! Are you playing? Squealing with nostalgia? Personally it’s brightened up these days stuck at home for me. They have made a lot of changes but I don’t mind them as I wanted to know more about Midgar and Shinra anyway. In the beginning of MarchContinue reading “My Visit to Tokyo’s Square Enix Cafe”

Fishing in Central Tokyo

After a long span of bad weather, today was finally sunny. My son and I were both equally tired of being cooped up (and of each other-I’m sure) so I decided to go for one of our walks. The cherry blossoms are still blooming here in Tokyo and they have started falling as well. ForContinue reading “Fishing in Central Tokyo”

Enter a Studio Ghibli Realm on Tomogashima Island

This is a piece I did for Taiken about one of my favorite places in Japan. I was searching for that Studio Ghibli feeling of awe and wonder and I stumbled upon this place in my research. History, beautiful nature, terrifying spiders, and crumbling ruins waiting to be explored, this place has it all. ItContinue reading “Enter a Studio Ghibli Realm on Tomogashima Island”