Highlights of Burgundy

This June, we were extremely fortunate to be able to hop on a plane to Germany to escape the wet, humid summer in Japan and finally be reunited with family and friends after 1.5 years. After spending two wonderful weeks in my hometown in the north of Germany, we embarked on a 13 hour car…

2 Weeks Shikoku Road Trip

Last summer we were faced with deciding where to travel to in Japan with about 2.5 weeks of summer holiday left. After exploring Ishigaki for a week and going with the flow, we booked the cheapest flight going from Ishigaki to Osaka and then decided to rent a car from Kobe and do a roadtrip…

Cycling Along Tottori’s Coastline (Pt. 3)

We suddenly found ourselves in a super efficient coin laundry to wash our clothes, conveniently located right next to a 7-11 convenience store AND ramen restaurant with excellent reviews AND a manga museum when it suddenly hit me: this is Japan!

Cycling Along Tottori’s Coastline (Pt. 2)

Time to see the famous castle ruins! With the cherry trees in bloom all around the vast park area, this place really exceeded our expectations. There was a small scale cherry blossom festival going on and we were able to buy a taiyaki (fish shaped waffle) and sit by the castle walls after having enjoyed the view from the top.

Cycling Along Tottori’s Coastline

It’s already been three weeks since we’ve returned from our first one-week bikepacking trip to Tottori and Shimane prefectures, collectively known as “San’In”. This region calls upon tourists to “discover another Japan” and we think rightly so, as our trip started with walking on sand dunes, cycling up a cliffside path to see crystal clear water dotted with tiny islands, wandering through immaculate farmlands and ending our adventure by staying on a tiny island in the middle of on a lake.

Japan Winter Tales: Karuizawa

’twas a bleak night in January and we spontaneously decided to get away from Yokohama to the nearby winter wonderland Karuizawa in Nagano. Our friends have been recommending Karuizawa for the past years to us, as it’s famous four its autumn leaves, cute town and large outlet shopping mall. Well, it wasn’t quite autumn season…

Learning to snowboard in Hakuba! (and deciding not to ski)

Should I ski or should I snowboard? Before we went on our recent snowboarding trip to Hakuba, we had loooonnng debates on which winter sport to learn. For a couple of years I skiied on a dry ski slope in the UK as a teenager and also went on a week long ski trip to…

Japan Winter Tales: Snowboarding in Hakuba

While Tokyo, Kanagawa and a few other densely populated cities in Japan have declared a state of emergency until the 7th of March, life goes on as usual in all the other prefectures. And so, on a long weekend in February, we decided to track out to one of Japan’s most famous ski resort towns:…

Roppongi Winter Illuminations

With temperatures dropping close to 0 °C, winter is in full swing in the Greater Tokyo area. Just before the second state of emergency was declared in December, we headed over to Roppongi to see the annual winter illuminations. At Roppongi station you can ascend an elevated platform for perfect views over the sparkling illuminations…

Creative Art Keeping a Mountain Village Alive

While travelling through Shikoku prefecture, which is famous for its Buddhist pilgrimage site and nature, we made it one of our top priorities to visit an unusual place: Nagoro „scarecrow“ village. We first heard of this place watching „James May in Japan“ on Prime, and since then were curious about it. The story behind Nagoro…