Kyoto is one of the best cities in Japan to experience authentic dwellings of the past. These traditional Japanese inns once accepted weary travelers on their journeys at a time when samurais roamed the land and shoguns held power. Nowadays, they’re for visitors wanting to experience old traditions and culture. Staying in a ryokan while […]
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Without a doubt, Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan. That’s not to say you can’t get culture and history elsewhere in Japan, but within the ring of the small city center, there’s hidden beauty abound with its temples, parks, and walkways straight out of Memoirs of a Geisha. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites […]
The essential 12 day Japan itinerary that is jam packed with incredible food, culture, and fun. Japan was high on my list of countries to visit for a long time and when I finally got to go there, it met my expectations in every way and was a dream trip come true. Knowing everything that […]
A gem of a hotel in the heart of Tokyo Preface As most of you know, I spent 2012 in Asia, starting with Bali and eventually roamed my way up to Japan. As I trotted throughout Asia, I made great use of my Hilton HHonors points and ticked several Conrad properties off my list. I […]
Three reasons why the Japanese capital deserves to host the 2020 Olympics. 2020 Summer Olympic Games The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced that the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan. It was a touching success story of a country still reeling from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck […]
My lessons learned from backpacking all around Asia These are the things you need to know before embarking on an epic adventure out to Asia as I did in 2012. Brace yourself though. It’s a lot of information and I’ve tried to summarize and organize it as best as I can. This is my own […]
Summarizing my amazing trip to Asia with fully detailed itineraries A lot of you have asked for just a summary of everything I did this summer so I thought I’d slap together the itinerary into one article to make it easier to consume and disseminate. Make sure you click on each of the headers to get […]
Before the sun even made its way up, Chantelle had to wake up and get ready to bolt. We said our goodbyes and she was off on a cab to Haneda. Saying Goodbye and One Last Thing I slept a bit more and did the usual breakfast at the lounge. I wanted to squeeze in […]
The good thing about staying up late the night before trying to search for flights is that we basically rolled right into our attempt to make the tuna auction. This time around we were smart enough to start even earlier than the last time – 3AM. Let’s just say we didn’t get much sleep. Tsukiji Fish Market […]
Even after so many days in Tokyo there was still a whole slew of neighbourhoods to check out. Shibuya Today we started out in Shibuya to check out one of the busiest cross walks and acclimate myself to some Japanese fashion. Once we got to Shibuya we were pretty much right at the mega intersection. […]