It looks like we have a bit of an itinerary for this year’s trip to Japan! To avoid overloading ourselves with too many destinations, we’ve narrowed it down to splitting our time between Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. I’d like to take advantage of the JR Rail Pass and arrangeĀ some day trips out of both Tokyo […]

You know, it’s never too early to plan our annual trip to Japan. At least that’s what we were saying when we started looking for flights to Tokyo on this cold and wet January Sunday morning. After last year’s amazing trip, it was pretty much inevitable that we’d have to come back. So we searched […]

One thing I always enjoy about my visits to Japan is seeing what interesting and unique stationery I can come home with. In all my international travels, I’ve never encountered stationery stores like the ones in Japan – it appears to be a bit of a national obsession! I have two favourite places to pick […]

It may sound strange, but one of my highlights of last month’s visit to Japan was getting to visit the Traveler’s Factory store in Tokyo. They stock the (formerly Midori) Traveler’s Notebook products that I’ve been obsessing about over the last year, so I was determined to visit their ‘HQ’ and see the various products […]

Just an hour until we need to take the bus to Narita Airport and we’re soaking up some sunshine in Shinjuku Chuo Park, opposite our hotel.  The skies are so blue and the sunshine so strong, it doesn’t feel like November at all. This evening, we fly to Seoul for an overnight at the airport […]

It’s our last full day in Japan today. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll leave Tokyo to fly to Seoul for a brief overnight stay at the airport before our flight back to London.  To call this a disappointment would be an understatement. Yes, we’ve been away for coming up to two weeks and it’s been fantastic, but […]

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some significant sauna time during my stay in Korea and Japan. Our hotel in Seoul had a super sauna and hot baths, where I soaked and poached myself quite a bit. I find the process incredibly relaxing and, when done in the evening, it guarantees me a good night’s […]

In 11 days, I’ll be hopping on the first of our flights to get us to Japan (with a lovely little stopover in Seoul on the way!). Yesterday, we got one step slower when we picked up our JR Rail Passes here in London. These passes are fantastic – we’ve used them before and can […]