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…

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…