Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!

Here are some recent ‘Engrish’ highlights from Tokyo!  Room 201 looks like fun. Someone has been using Google Translate. “No bouding port of the plantform. Amoing torans only”.  Stopped in the middle of rush hour to take this.  Want to move to Ass Building No.2? Seen in Shinjuku.  Don’t let the children listen….forever! In JapanContinue reading “Engrish of da Month Version 2 – Funny English from Japan!”

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free Japanese garden is nice to walk around, and the castle buildings provide plenty of photo taking opportunities. Budget travel tips Come here early, as it takes a while to explore. It’s best to take the bus here, as the subwayContinue reading “Nijo Castle”

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of the most celebrated Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is plenty to see, such as a pagoda, plus various Buddhist building and monuments.  Also, try out the wish-granting Otowa waterfall! Budget travel tips Check out the shopping street approaching Kiyomizudera. To avoid the crowds, come in the early morning/sunriseContinue reading “Kiyomizudera Temple”

Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion. Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants. Budget travel tips Check outContinue reading “Gion Geisha District”

Yasaka Shrine

A large complex of well maintained, stunning shrines, pagodas and other Shinto monuments and buildings. Occasional festivals and events occur throughout the year. Budget travel tips Combine this with a walk around Gion. There are a few other shrines and a pagoda in this complex, so explore around it. How to get there From KyotoContinue reading “Yasaka Shrine”

Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk

A nice route through the quiet, but traditional side of Tokyo.  This route takes you from Kiyosumi Garden and Fukugawa Edo Museum, via traditional neighborhoods, to Sumida river and the Edo-Tokyo museum. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Monzen-nakacho Station on the Oedo Line (purple Metro line)Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk”

Capsule Hotel Experience

Capsule hotels are one the most interesting, if not strange, experiences you can have in Japan. Usually costing from 2000 to 3500 yen, depending on spa facilities and location, they offer a great way to stay the night in the city center. Most customers are usually business men who have missed their last train, soContinue reading “Capsule Hotel Experience”

Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya

A nice city walk from the political heart of Tokyo, via the swish neighbourhoods of Akasaka and Roppongi, then ending up in the hip areas of Harajuku and Shibuya. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Sakuradamon station on the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) and leave from exit 2.Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya”

Akihabara

Akihabara (あきはばら/秋葉原) is the geek capital of Japan. Actually, it seems like the geek capital of the world.  Anything a geek or nerd (or Otaku as they say here) needs is available here.  For other people, Akihabara is a fascinatingly crazy place with lots of surprises. Budget travel tips Follow our recommended route on theContinue reading “Akihabara”