Category: Japan

Memories of Japan: Getting there with Finnair

Last month, I took my nephew to Tokyo for a week - a holiday I'd been looking forward to for months. He's only ten, so I had to travel to him to start our journey, which resulted in a rather convoluted journey to Japan. I first flew with @TheFrankFlyer to Edinburgh, then drove on to ...

So long, Tokyo

I'm sitting on a Finnair A350, somewhere over Russia, on my way home from Tokyo. I'll get back to London after a transfer in Helsinki and then a brief stop off in Edinburgh to drop off my travelling companion: my 10 year old nephew, Andrew.I've done zero blogging while away, for a couple of reasons. ...

Tokyo: this isn’t the weather I ordered!

I arrive in Tokyo first thing next Tuesday morning for a holiday with my nephew. While I'm as excited as a toddler at Christmas at the prospect of being back in Japan, a quick look at the long range forecast just now was a bit of a downer. I knew it was going to be ...

One week until Japan!

In just one week, I'll be setting off on my next visit to Japan! But it'll take me a while to get there, as I'm going on a rather roundabout route to get there. As I'm taking my ten year old nephew with me, I need to fly to Edinburgh first to pick him up. ...

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 ...