Top Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

There are so many great places to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto, so here are some of my highlights! You could save some money and walk between them all, so use our Google Map below or circle them on one of the free tourist maps that are available from tourist information centers and stations allContinue reading “Top Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto”

Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu

Kyushu, in southern Japan, has some excellent sakura (cherry blossoms) spots. They may be just as busy as those up north, but they make for a good change of scene. The times are about the same as in Tokyo and Kyoto. For forecasts check out the Super Cheap Japan sakura (cherry blossoms) guide. Fukuoka is the best place toContinue reading “Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu”

Snowy Buddhist mountain town – Koyasan Day 1

Koyasan is a secluded town south of Osaka, full of temples for people to stay in and view. I went here last week and had one of my holidays in Japan. This UNESCO World Heritage site is so stunning in the winter.  Day 2 report can be found here.  Here are some highlights from my trip:Continue reading “Snowy Buddhist mountain town – Koyasan Day 1”

Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan

Japanese people are some of the worst English speakers in the world, so it’s best the learn a few key phrases before you visit Japan. There will be times when you are trying to communicate with someone who has absolutely no English ability. Having said that, one of the great things about Japan is thatContinue reading “Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan”

Hakuba: Stunning budget friendly slopes

Hakuba, a large village in Nagano prefecture, has a wide selection of ski slopes and resorts, plus hotels and hostels for all kinds of budgets. The season usually continues until early May, so visitors can come here during Golden Week and enjoy cherry blossoms at the same time as enjoying the slopes. Hakuba is oneContinue reading “Hakuba: Stunning budget friendly slopes”

Top 5 Kansai Christmas Illuminations

If you are lucky enough to be in Japan in the holiday season, there are some stunning illuminations and displays in Osaka and Kyoto. While not quite as numerous or as crazy as in Tokyo, they are definitely worth checking them out while you do a bit of Christmas shopping. Japan may not be a Christian country, butContinue reading “Top 5 Kansai Christmas Illuminations”

Top 10 Christmas and New Year’s Illuminations in Tokyo

Tokyo, while not really a religious city in comparison to many, has some really good ‘illuminations’ and ‘light-up’ displays around Christmas and New Year’s. What makes Tokyo so great is that all the main shopping centers, malls and department stores have entered a battle to see who can make the best illuminations. There are allContinue reading “Top 10 Christmas and New Year’s Illuminations in Tokyo”

Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!

The new Super Cheap Japan book is the ultimate guidebook for those traveling to Japan on a budget. Available across the world at retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository, it is a painstakingly researched book aimed at those who worry about spending too much money in the Land of the RisingContinue reading “Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!”

Jimbocho- Tokyo’s Book Town

A walk through Jimbocho? I cannot think of any stroll, rain or shine, that a book lover would enjoy more. Jimbocho, Tokyo’s used book town, is easily accessed from Shinjuku via the Shinjuku subway line (toward 各停Moto-Yawata, Jimbocho Station, exit A7). Located in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, Kanda district, near Meiji University, Jimbocho is centered aroundContinue reading “Jimbocho- Tokyo’s Book Town”

Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Japan

Here are our top 10 places to visit in Japan for the autumn leaves! 1. Meiji Jingu Gaien (明治神宮外苑) Have a lovely walk down the road leading to the Emperor’s palace. When: Late November to early December The closest station is Gaienmae on the Metro Ginza line.  2. Mount Takao (高尾山) Take a relaxing hike orContinue reading “Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Japan”