I recently left Japan for a while to do a working holiday in Canada, and came back to the wonderful land of Japan. It was too long away! As I travelled around the country again, I was reminded about...
I have been working super hard on a super awesome new book for everyone :D It will be called Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas. I hope to have it released around September...
Japan is a mysterious place that I believe everyone should check out at least once in their life. The beauty of the islands can bring almost a tear to one's eye. But after seeing the sights of the day,...
Sekiguchi Bashoan (関口芭蕉庵)is where the poet Matsuo Basho lived for four years (1677-1680), supervising the Kanda waterworks. His famous frog haiku was likely written here. While the garden and buildings are not original, they recall the essential elements of...
Just over an hour away from Shinjuku and nearby to Kamakura at the end of the Odakyu line, is Enoshima, a relaxing day out that has the feel of a seaside holiday. The island of Enoshima is connected to...
Intermediatheque is one of Tokyo’s best curated yet least talked about museums. Whether you are interested in seeing a selection of ‘abnormal antlers’, a double-headed tortoise, or an impressive display of taxidermied birds, the museum quickly reveals itself to...
Guest post by M A McDonald Yabo Tenmangū Shrine (谷保天満宮) is a beautiful Shinto shrine, a brief walk from Nambu Line’s Yaho Station. Founded in 903 and rebuilt on its present site (1924), Yabo Tenmangū protects a small sacred forest as...
Cheap and simple, everyone likes Soba and Udon. Soba is thin noodles made from buckwheat, while Udon is thick white flour noodles. They sometimes come in soups, or sometimes you dip them into a little pot of soup. Both...
Visiting the hot spring (onsen) for a day is a cheap way to try out this uniquely Japanese experience. It's a great way to wash away all that tiredness during your travels. Today, I'll introduce Hot Plaza Onsen in Matsumoto. How...
Want some lovely Japanese food, but don't want to spend loads of money?  Try these! 1. Matsuya All sorts of cheap Japanese food.  Gyudon (meat on rice), steaks, Japanese style burgers...... 2. Yoshinoya The best place for a cheap Gyudon (meat on rice) 3....