All posts filed under: Japan


One Month In Kyoto – our top 20 memories. Part 2

To read Part 1 click here. Continued… 11. Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama There is just about more bamboo than tourists. Still, if you get there early (or late) or if you’re very lucky, you may just get a break in the endless snake of groups and selfie-takers to enjoy the peace of the place, disturbed […]

Okura 25

The Okura Hotel – a journey into the past.

The Okura hotel is an iconic Tokyo hotel. Since it first opened its doors in 1962, it has housed movie stars, sporting heroes, world leaders and royalty. To give you a few examples of its pedigree: President Ford (1974), President Carter (1980), President Nixon (1982), Prince Philip (1984), Prince Charles and Diana (1986), Presidnet Reagan (1986), Margret […]


Monasteries, Meditation and an undead Monk – A trip to Koyasan.

Before heading to Kyoto, and to escape the summer humidity, we headed up into the mountains to Koya san: just under 3 hours by train from Osaka, in the Wakayama Prefecture. An area that was designated a UNESO World Heritage Site in 2004 for its “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”. […]


Watching Sumo in Tokyo’s Kokugikan: all you need to know about the art of attritional hugging

We were lucky enough that our time in Tokyo coincided with one of the annual six honbasho (‘Grand Sumo Champsionships’), only 3 of which take place in Kokugikan (‘the Sumo Hall’) in Tokyo’s Ryōgoku district (over 15 days in January, May and September). Gabby’s dad was always a fan and on his recommendation we had to go […]