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…

Kibi Plain Cycle in Okayama

Cycling in Japan’s countryside is exceptionally beautiful and if you find yourself in Okayama, make sure to explore the rural flatland called Kibi Plain by bike. Simply get on a 11-minute train from Okayama station to Bizen-Ichinomiya, rent a bike at the station and follow the rental shop’s cycling map or this online itinerary. This…

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…

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…

Hydrangea Season in Japan

Even after two years of living in Japan, it still amazes me how we casually move from one beautiful flower season to the next. Just a few weeks ago, the streets were lined with pink azaleas and before that, colourful tulips were out in a beautiful display at Yokohama Park. I didn’t realise until this…

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…

9 Days in Kyushu: Ibusuki

With only one day left in south Kyushu’s Kagoshima, we had a hard time deciding whether to spend it on the island Sakurajima with Japan’s most active volcano; or whether to head more south to the town Ibusuki to visit a mystery island and hot sand bath. After talking to friendly locals at dinner, we…

9 Days in Kyushu: Kagoshima

While things took off in Europe Corona-wise, life went on as normal in Japan at the end of March and we were lucky to be able to take a 9-day holiday in Kyushu. When it came to planning our trip, I found it a bit more tricky than planning trips to the more widely known…