Kyoto

Why You Don’t Need to Plan Where to Eat in Japan

It was the food that drew me to Japan in the first place. Ramen, sushi, katsu, yakisoba, teriyaki, tempura; a plethora of dishes I was desperate to try in their place of origin, but when I tried to plan where…

Tokyo

Five Things I Loved About Harajuku, Tokyo

Just like Gangnam in Seoul, Harajuku in Tokyo reached mass western awareness thanks to a very annoying pop tune. Gwen Stefani writhing around with four Japanese mates singing a bastardised version of a tune from Fiddler on the Roof is…

Kyoto

Three Super Easy and Amazing Day Trips to Take From Kyoto

There was so much that I wanted to see in Japan that it was almost overwhelming. Whilst in Osaka I managed to squeeze in visits to Himeji, Kobe, Hiroshima and Miyajima thanks to the make-a-mockery-of-TFL, ridiculously efficient transport system, and set the…

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Kyoto

A Night at Book and Bed, Kyoto: The Coolest Hostel in Japan

Travelling around Japan, we stayed in various types of accommodation from centrally located hotels to traditional ryokans, but if there was one that summed up the total uniqueness of the country, it was our night at the Book and Bed…

Japan

Nine Amazing Street Foods You Should Eat in Japan

  Japan, to my surprise, isn’t really a street food country. World-famous for its cuisine, I was surprised that there wasn’t stall after stall of vendors selling their wares in every city we visited, especially since nearby South Korea is…

Miyajima

Visiting the Floating Torii Gate of Miyajima, Japan

Prior to visiting Japan, I didn’t know the name of the island that is home to the famous floating shrine. Rather like my visit to Himeji Castle, I knew the emoji symbol and the fact it looked pretty in photos,…

Osaka

How to Spend 24 Hours in Osaka, Japan

Before heading to Japan, I was told by everyone who’d been before me that Osaka was their least favourite city, but within moments of being there myself, I knew I’d disagree with them all. OK, it’s not the huge bustling,…

Hong Kong

Three Ways to Eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum was my first foray into Chinese food, way back when I was still a fussy eater (can you believe I was ever anything but a never-ending stomach?!). It’s bite-sized food filled with all sorts of delicious things; it’s canapés…

Osaka

Seven Things British Transport Could Learn From Japan Rail

When my friends and I were planning our trip to Japan, we knew we wanted to cram in as many places as possible within our two-week itinerary. Bullet trains are synonymous with the Land of the Rising Sun, and it…