Dec
13
2015

Adorable Owl Cafe in Harajuku

I recently got to spend some time in Tokyo again and wanted to visit animal and theme cafes that I haven’t been to yet. Cat cafes are great, but I wanted to try something else this time, so together with Ali (Haikugirl) I went to a super adorable owl cafe in Harajuku. Visited: December 3rd […]

Nov
11
2015

The Big Ofuna Kannon Statue

If you’ve ever taken a train from Tokyo to Kamakura you might have passed by a large white Kannon statue, wondering what exactly it might be. At least that’s what happened to me. It’s the Ofuna Kannon Statue of Ofuna Kannonji Temple. Visited: October 26th 2014 How to get to Ofuna Kannon Statue Sometimes you […]

Oct
15
2015

Cat Cafe Asakusa Neko-en

It’s not a secret that I love cats – and Japan does, too. I’m sure you know about the cat cafes in Japan? I’ve been to a lot of them and from time to time I want to introduce them to you. The most recent one I went to is located in a rather touristy […]

Oct
8
2015

Delicious Noodles at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Do you love noodle soup? Do you enjoy eating ramen? Then you have to check out the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum! Visited: October 26th 2014 Access to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum (新横浜ラーメン博物館) is located in Kanagawa Prefecture (map) and makes a nice 1/2-day trip from Tokyo. It takes about 15 mins to […]

Sep
5
2015

Is Visiting Tokyo Skytree Worth it?

The Tokyo Skytree certainly became a new symbol of Tokyo and is very popular among tourists. But is it really worth visiting Tokyo Skytree considering it’s quite pricy to go up there? Visited: October 20th 2014 When I moved to Japan in 2008, there was no Skytree (as it was completed in 2012). For me […]

Aug
31
2015

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple in Kyoto

Kyoto has so many great sights to offer, but there are some less known gems you should check out as well. They are well worth it! Like Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple in the neighborhood of the famous Arashiyama. Visited: October 4th 2014 Why You Should Visit Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) is located near […]

Aug
17
2015

Hiking Mt. Takao as a Day Trip from Tokyo

Mt. Takao is a great opportunity to get away from the hectic city life and crowds in Tokyo. That’s why it’s a popular destination for all those who want to do some easy hiking and enjoy nature. Visited: October 28th 2014 How to access Mt. Takao Mount Takao can easily be done as a day […]

Aug
4
2015

Evacomics: Funny Comparison of Japan, Singapore and U.S.

Today I want to introduce an amazing comic artist to you. I found her blog many years ago and ever since then have enjoyed her funny comic strips where she’s comparing Japan to Singapore, the U.S. and other countries. I really love her humor and with just a few panels she’s able to convey things […]

Jul
31
2015

3 English-Friendly, Must See Ainu Destinations Around Sapporo

The topic of the Ainu is something rarely discussed in Japan. They are Japan’s mysterious native people who were pushed north, oppressed, and had their language and culture legally suppressed by the Wajin (ethnic Japanese). To some, they’re an interesting, cultural curiosity rarely heard of in the outside world. While Hokkaido is known for its […]

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