Hiroshima, a city of history and beauty

It‘s day four of our spring break holidays and after spending three cold days in Fukuoka by the sea, we finally arrived in beautiful, sunny Hiroshima. On first impression, it had already surpassed my expectations and charmed us with beautiful tree lined streets. Those streets that many people thought would not grow any plants again…

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…

The Japanese Alps & Beyond

Seeing photos of the autumn foliage in the Japanese Alps made our decision on where to go in late October very easy! Matsumoto seemed like the perfect place to start, as it’s just a 3-hour train ride away from Yokohama and a perfect base for day trips and getting deeper into the Japanese Alps. Our highlight at the end of our trip was visiting the Gassho (thatched roof) Villages in and around Shirakawa-Go and staying in a traditional guesthouse in the mountains.

Rainy days at Yokohama English Garden

Just a few hours before the last typhoon hit Yokohama, we headed to the Yokohama English Garden and were surprised by a rain shower. The garden was almost empty due to the weather, but a few other people were as crazy as us, taking photos of the flowers covered in raindrops. It’s actually quite challenging…

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…

Yokohama: A City of Natural Beauty, A City for All Seasons

Today, I would like to share this video with you, ‘YOKOHAMA: A City of Natural Beauty, A City for All Seasons’ which has recently been released by Yokohama Official Visitors Guide. This video shows the pretty side of Yokohama in the Minatomirai (the harbour) area of Yokohama. Hope you enjoy this video as you get…

Dresden‘s historic old town

It‘s now precisely three weeks ago that we‘ve left Shanghai and started our European summer vacation. Going home (or to Europe in general) for the first time in two years felt really weird at first with lots of „Oh yeahhh that‘s what it‘s like over here! I remember this now!“ moments. In case of getting…

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…

Tiger Hill in Suzhou

Once upon a time, a white tiger appeared on the hill to guard it after the burial of King Helü, king of the state Wu until 496 BC … or so the legend says! After a day of Suzhou’s parks and gardens, we decided to head to Tiger Hill which features a leaning pagoda that was…

The overnight train from Hoi An to Hanoi

As part of our recent trip to Vietnam, we decided to save a little money and be adventurous by taking the overnight train to Hanoi from Hoi An! We made the mistake of watching a very cool but also slightly scary Youtube video by CupofTJ on the day before we went, however, fortunately for us, our…