Category: Japan

Two months until Tokyo!

Yes! In just two short months, I'll be making my way for another visit to Tokyo. And this time, I'll have a new co-pilot: my ten-year-old nephew, Andrew. I'll be flying up to Edinburgh to pick him up and, after a weekend there, we'll fly to Amsterdam, from where we'll go to Tokyo, via Helsinki. ...

Some weekend brain exercise

This morning, I went to the first class in my new Japanese course at City Lit. I'm heading back to Tokyo in July and really want to be able to use more Japanese while I'm there. The little snatches I've picked up along the way over the last four years aren't really enough to get ...

Planning for Japan: 2017

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 arrange some day trips out of both Tokyo ...

Heading to Japan, 2017 edition

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 ...

Remembering our last trip to Tokyo this morning…

...such great memories of a fun week in our favourite city. This was located just down the street from our hotel in Shinjuku and we walked past it at least twice a day on our way to and from Shinjuku station. It's time to plan a return visit, I think! Something amazing to look forward to ...

My Japanese stationery haul

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 ...

My trip to the Traveler’s Factory, Japan

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 ...

Soaking up some Shinjuku sunshine

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 ...

Leaving Tokyo

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 ...