Travel Tips

2019.01.28
Planning for Cherry Blossoms: Tips for 3 of Tokyo's Hanami Hot Spots
It's never too early to start planning hanami parties (or planning a trip to Japan to experience them). Cherry blossom forecasts start popping up as e
2019.01.11
Perspectives to Consider for Your First (or Next) Trip to Japan
As the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) boldly reminds us, Japan is a place of “endless discovery.” Japan is one of the few countries in the
2019.01.09
Mission Shopping: Buying Stuff in Japan for Friends Back Home
I was talking with a friend visiting Japan about her travel plans, when she said that one day was reserved for “mission shopping”. “Mission shopping?”
2019.01.09
A Quick Guide to One-Stop Shopping in Shinjuku
Whether you’re a traveler looking for that perfect souvenir or a long-term resident hunting for the latest bargains on electronics or clothing, you’ll
2019.01.07
Visiting Tokyo in 2019? Don't Miss These 5 Shinjuku Attractions
Since the beginning of 2018, I’ve been exploring Shinjuku to cover everything from bento lunches in famous parks to historic shrines shrouded by skysc
2018.12.14
A Quick Reference Guide to Getting Around Shinjuku Station
As the world’s busiest train station, navigating the concrete hedge maze that is Shinjuku Station can be incredibly intimidating. Even those who use S
2018.12.10
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