Japan

Wisteria in Japan

Where to see wisteria in Japan | Ashikaga Flower Park

When we started planning a late spring trip I knew that catching the wisteria in Japan in their spectacular bloom would be a priority.  We’ve seen the majestic pagodas covered in vines both bare in winter and early spring and in vibrant green leaf through…

18 of the best things to do in Odaiba

One thing is for sure, you won’t run out of things to do in Odaiba.  It’s a shopping and entertainment extravaganza built on 100% reclaimed land.  Make sure you allocate a day to explore all that this futuristic and fun part of Tokyo has to…

2 mouth-watering Tokyo food tours with Arigato Japan

Do you love Japanese Food? Or perhaps you are finding it difficult to understand what everyone is raving about. These 2 Tokyo food tours will not only help you find the hidden gems but introduce the local foodie culture and etiquette. We’ve made many trips…

Tokyo with kids

Best things to do in Tokyo with kids

Find out why this city that’s the perfect playground for the adults is also an ideal family holiday destination with children and teens.  We share the best things to do with kids in Tokyo alongside some tips for making sure everyone has a fantastic holiday….

Fun things to do in Asakusa & Sumida, Tokyo

Asakusa is a neighbourhood in the northeast of Tokyo city adjacent to the Sumida River.  It’s known to visitors for the historic Senso-ji temple and spectacular views from the Tokyo Skytree but let’s take a deeper look at things to do in Asakusa. We’ve been…

Waterfall in Kanmangufuchi Abyss

Enjoy Japan in summer with these essential tips

Summer in Japan can be hot and humid, combine that with the city crowds, a lot of walking, getting around on public transport, minimal use of air conditioning and the rainy season and you might reasonably wonder if it’s a good idea to plan travel…

Hakone Open Air Museum

Hakone Open Air Museum brings art to the outdoors

Hakone open air museum is a large well manicured sculpture park with a backdrop of the regions beautiful nature & an eclectic collection of art and artists.  There were a couple of things we didn’t do on our first day trip to Hakone that I…

Kinugawa Grand Hotel garden

Kinugawa Onsen – Japanese Onsen Ryokan experience

Stunning natural scenery, soothing hot springs, adventure activities and incredible food.  Kinugawa Onsen makes a perfect weekend break for locals and a Japanese onsen ryokan experience is a fabulous inclusion in your Japan itinerary. Kinugawa Onsen is a hot spring town in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. …

Shinkyo bridge in Nikko, Japan

20 Things to do in Nikko | Travel Guide

Under the canopy of the majestic old cedar trees and protection of Mount Nantai lies the town of Nikko, a popular destination for visitors from Tokyo.  The UNESCO World Heritage Shrines and Temples draw tourists from all around the world but there’s so many more…