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.

In Search of Mount Fuji: Lake Kawaguchi

It was my second birthday celebration in Japan and once again, the weather was rainy and rather chilly. But nonetheless, we went ahead with our plan to spend the weekend in a traditional Japanese guesthouse by Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes! Having spent my birthday on a weekend trip away to Hangzhou…

Autumn Leaves Festival at Showa Kinen Park

With this being our second year in Japan, we’re trying to catch up on as many events that we missed last year, as possible. One of them being: attending an autumn leaves festival. There are actually quite a number of parks and gardens in Tokyo that open late in the evening with the trees lit…

Escaping Tokyo‘s summer heat

It‘s the beginning of our second year living in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and there are still so many places in Tokyo on our bucket list. One of them came highly recommended for hot summer days by Tokyo tourist website „Tokyo-go“: Todoroki Valley. Todoroki Valley The valley is easy to reach as it’s just a few…

Maokong Gondola: A Scenic Viewpoint with Tea Plantations in Taipei

When we boarded the train to Taipei Zoo station to get on the Maokong Gondola, we had no idea what to expect and were completely blown away by the whole trip, leading up to stunning mountain views. This was easily one of our best day trips in Taipei! As Taipei’s summer weather changed from raining…

White Sand Beaches and Hidden Gems in Shimoda

After many of our colleagues have recommended the Izu Peninsula, and in particular Shimoda to us, we had to go and see it for ourselves on a long weekend in April. Shimoda is less than a 3 hour train ride away from Yokohama station and you can ride on the Super View Odoriko train along…

Away from Tokyo’s Crowds: Yanaka & Nezu

Are you looking for the more traditional, culturally-enriched old alleys of Tokyo away from the crowds? Then Yanaka is the place to go! We first discovered this area in late autumn last year and were amazed by the small Japanese lanes full of character. When we had friends and family over in the spring this…

Cycling with Mount Fuji Views in Odawara

Are you staying in Tokyo for a holiday or live in the Tokyo/Yokohama area and just want to get out for an authentic experience in the Japanese countryside with Mount Fuji views? Look no further and book your bicycle tour in Odawara! I found this bicycle tour on Air Bnb whilst looking for a place…

Lantern Festival in Kamakura

Kamakura is an ancient city famous for its’ beaches and temples, especially the Giant Buddha (Daibutsu). Our first time to visit Kamakura marked the day of the lantern festival, and after watching a beautiful sunset on the beach, we headed to the temples. Goryo Shrine is located closest to the beach and situated right next…

Zhujajiao 朱家角 – Shanghai’s 1,700 year old water town

If you are thinking of where to go on a day trip near Shanghai either with friends or visitors – look no further, Zhujiajiao is the place to go! This ancient water town can now easily be reached within about 1-1.5 hours on the new metro line 17’s penultimate stop. I have to admit, walking…