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”

A Harajuku Haircut and an Empty Takeshita Street

Due to the Covid-19 state of emergency it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Harajuku, and in just a few months many things have changed. I went through the new station building for the first time this morning, and I just thought, when did this get here?? I felt a rush of nostalgiaContinue reading “A Harajuku Haircut and an Empty Takeshita Street”

A Tokyo Shopping Trip: Water Goddesses and Green Tea Lattes in Kichijoji

I had some shopping to do yesterday so I was debating between Tokyo Station and Kichijoji. Due to the Covid-19 situation I opted for Kichijoji because I thought it would be a little less busy, and therefore easier to adhere to social distancing. I made four main stops: Inokashira Park (for fresh air and enjoyingContinue reading “A Tokyo Shopping Trip: Water Goddesses and Green Tea Lattes in Kichijoji”

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”