30 Modern Hotels and Traditional Ryokans in Kyoto for a Gorgeous Stay in 2019

Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in Japan. With its 1600 temples, maintained cultures such as the Japanese tea ceremony, geisha, and kimono, and a huge amount of things to do, it remains as one of the country’s most popular destinations to visit. Many people stop over for a day or two on…

What to Buy in Tokushima in 2019: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

All About Coffee: The 6 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

Why You Should Make Okinawa Your Winter Getaway?

Before I came to Japan, I had only vaguely heard of Okinawa. In fact, I’d heard of it because it was featured in the first Kill Bill movie. And when I came to live in Japan, I definitely didn’t think I would be in a country which holds tropical beaches and Hawaii-like weather. I assumed…

What to Buy this Year: 40 Most Delectable and Popular Souvenirs from Fukuoka

Souvenirs are important when you visit a new place, as it’s like bringing a part of the destination back with you and showing your friends and family that you were thinking of them. However, with booking hotels, navigating your way around a new area, and filling up your itineraries with fun things to do, it…

4 Special Food Souvenirs You Should Buy in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture in 2019

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture is home to many temples, shrines, and museums, especially known for Wakayama Castle that sits at the mouth of Kii River. Besides having a vast history, the prefecture is also popular for selling delicious local items and crafts. If you ever visit the place, don’t forget to bring home some of the…

What to Buy at Haneda Airport in 2019: 40 Souvenirs to Get Before You Leave!

You’ve done it before. You’ve packed for your trip home, checked your flight times, double checked you’ve got your passport, safely reached the airport, and then suddenly remembered that one person who you haven’t got a souvenir for yet. However, it’s not too late! If you are traveling to or from Japan through Haneda Airport,…

Traveling to Aomori? Here Are 3 Apple-Based Souvenirs That You Should Buy in 2019

Aomori is popular for ferry boats as it is considered a port town at the northernmost part of Honshu. It is also known for Nebuta Matsuri, one of the largest Japanese festivals held in summer. The place is perfect if you’d like to indulge in abundant nature and ancient atmosphere. Besides scenic landscapes, it also…