Tag: onsen

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. ...

My Singapore Onsen Experience: a little slice of Japanese spa culture

After a few days of jet-lagged work/survival in Singapore, I'd adjusted to the time difference and was enjoying my visit. Unfortunately, it was time to come home! Note to self: ensure the next visit to Singapore includes a weekend for adjusting to the time difference and enjoying the nightlife a bit more! All the same, ...

A speedy Asian turnaround: Singapore in three days!

After making a list of all my upcoming travels, it was inevitable that another trip would make its way into my schedule. And so it has! Tomorrow evening, I fly to Singapore for business. I get there on the Tuesday night, and spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on a combination of meetings, workshops and sightseeing. ...

Surviving my first German sauna

I spent an exceedingly pleasant birthday weekend in Berlin last week. Friday morning to Monday evening was not nearly enough to take in the whole experience, but despite historic sites all around me, I spent more time in the sauna than any other place. Let's rewind. We were staying in the Hilton, which has a ...

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 ...

A Seoul Sauna Surprise…

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 ...

Memories of Japan: Dotonbori, Osaka

We last visited Osaka in the Autumn of 2014 and one of my standout memories of the trip is the nightlife around Dotonbori. This compact neighbourhood is just buzzing and characterised by its brightly lit and fairly eccentric restaurant frontages. Many indicate was the restaurant is famous for, but some are harder to decipher if ...

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That “Japan” feeling

We watched the first episode of Joanna Lumley's new series on Japan last night and really enjoyed it. She's touring all the way from its very northernmost tip near Russia to its southernmost islands over three episodes. @FrankDJS and I both had several "remember that?" moments as we watched, thinking back to our visits to ...