Travel Tips

2018.12.10 NEW
Planning a Visit to Tokyo? Consider These Six Shinjuku Hotels
The seat of Tokyo's government and home to the largest transportation hub in the city (and the country), Shinjuku is the perfect home base for your ne
2018.11.22
Eat Fugu and Live to Tell the Tale
For any foodie visiting Japan, eating fugu should be on their list of must-eat foods, since it’s next-to-impossible to have in other countries. Usuall
2018.11.19
Visit 3 of Tokyo's Most Famous Parks with this 1-Day Walking Course
Tokyo is famous for its vast network of expansive public parks and green spaces. If you are visiting the city and staying in or near Shinjuku or Shibu
2018.10.26
Experience the Teahouses of Shinjuku Gyoen
Although Shinjuku Gyoen is most revered for its beautiful gardens and scenic vistas, exploring the forest paths of this massive, tranquil greenspace w
2018.10.19
How to Spend a Weekend in Kyoto: An Efficient Two-Day Itinerary
With its deep, rich history and thousands of temples and shrines, a visit to Kyoto is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. I've had the pleasure of
2018.09.26
How to See Godzilla in Shinjuku and Live to Tell About It
Some of my earliest memories involve family trips to the local Fedco in the early 1980s. As a child, it’s an understatement to say that I wasn't very
2018.09.19
3 Amazing Autumn Day Trips from Shinjuku
Although there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fall colors in Shinjuku, nothing beats getting out into nature and strolling or hiking below a ca
2018.09.19
How to choose sake - check the prefecture
If you are interested in sake then it’s important to understand what factors can influence its taste. One factor is the place where it was brewed. Unt
2018.09.10
Autumn in Shinjuku: 3 Amazing Spots for Viewing Fall Colors
As one of Tokyo's major business hubs, Shinjuku admittedly isn't the first location that comes to mind when seeking out places to soak in the splendid
2018.08.31
10 Train Travel Tips to help you get around the Tokyo area
If you have found yourself perplexed and confused by the transportation system in Japan, you aren’t alone. In fact, even the Japanese themselves make
2018.08.20
10 tips for climbing Mt Fuji
The official Mt Fuji climbing season is already halfway over, however there are still a few weeks left to have a go at Japan’s highest peak! If you’ve
2018.08.13
10 things you should know before eating ramen in Japan
If you’re traveling alone and feeling hungry ramen is probably the best choice for a satisfying meal. It’s arguably one of the most famous Japanese di
2018.06.22
Why Nishi-shinjuku Deserves a Spot on Your Tokyo Travel Itinerary
During my second trip to Japan back in 2008, I stayed in Nishi-shinjuku, which served as the hub for the Tokyo portion of my trip. Upon arrival, I was
2018.04.17
The Goshuincho: A Necessity for Japan Travel Enthusiasts
When it comes to things that I wish I had known before visiting (and eventually moving to) Japan, the goshuincho, a book used for collecting ink stamp
2018.03.11
How to choose sake?
When one thinks of Japan, one thinks of Japanese sake. If you are visiting Japan, you’ll certainly want to try some and maybe even bring back a bottle