The Shimanami Kaido – Japan’s Best Cycling Route

Designated as one of the seven best bike routes in the world by CNN, we were determined to discover the Shimanami Kaido on our Shikoku roundtrip in the summer. Not only did we have high expectations, but this trip turned out to be one of our best holiday experiences in Japan. Getting Started The Shimanami…

Autumn drive through the Hakkōda mountains

Over three days we explored different sights in the the Hakkoda mountains in the peak of the autumn colours. Are you interested in finding out where are the best places in Aomori to see autumn foliage? Here are some of our favourite sites. Tsutanuma forest walk We arrived at Tsutanuma mid-afternoon on an extremely busy…

Okayama Castle & Garden – Summer Illuminations

Not knowing what a spectacular evening we had ahead of us, we thought we’d pay Okayama Castle a quick visit after we returned from our cycling tour in the Kibi Plain. As it was approaching 5 p.m. – the usual closing time of museums and castles in Japan – we didn’t even expected being able…

3 Nights in Osaka

Explore different sides of Osaka in this two-day itinerary covering history & culture, Japanese craft beer, street photography in nostalgic districts and artsy neighbourhoods.

Traditional Architecture and Pristine Beaches On Taketomi

The remote island of Taketomi is most famous for its traditional Ryukyu architecture while also offering beautiful sand beaches. With frequent ferry rides that only take about 10 minutes from Ishigaki, it makes for a perfect day trip on the Yaeyama Islands! Taketomi is home to beautiful bougainvillea flowers that bloom about everywhere on the…

Best of Ishigaki – Beaches, Snorkelling, Sunsets and More!

Welcome to tropical paradise! Take a seat on your beach lounge and get comfortable with some slices of fresh pineapple and Orion beer while enjoying the spectacular view onto crystal clear water and some of the most incredible sunsets. Not sold yet? Then how about snorkeling in the shallow, warm waters to see tiny blue…

A Summer in Okinawa

In search of where to spend our summer holiday in Japan, we began by checking our weather app and for almost any given week in June and July, Okinawa had the best weather forecast with the lowest chance of rain. No wonder this string of stunning, tropical islands is the favourite place to go amongst…

9 Days in Kyushu: Nagasaki

The final stop on our travels through Kyushu was Nagasaki, famous for housing one of the first ports that opened Japan to the outside world for international trade in the 16th century. Unfortunately, it is also well known for the atomic bomb that hit Nagasaki during the second world war. After having visited Hiroshima exactly…

5 Tips for Studying A New Language

Have you recently started to learn a new language and are looking for study tips and tricks? Or have you been studying a language for a long time and are running out of ideas of how to keep it going? Here are some of our favourite study methods to learn Chinese and Japanese that were…

9 Days in Kyushu: Kumamoto

Kumamoto is famous for it’s castle dating back to the 17th century, which is why we made sure to stop there for one night on our way up the west coast of Kyushu towards Nagasaki. Although Kumamoto is actually quite a large city (with over 738,000 residents), the castle is definitely the central attraction for…