5 Fun Places at the Odaiba Palette Town Mall

When traveling abroad, one of the most tempting thoughts is to see just what kind of fun and exciting goods you can purchase, and Japan is no exception to these urges. The striking logo of sakura petals for Japan’s Tax-Free Shop campaign are everywhere in Japan, encouraging visitors to spend, spend, and spend. The many…

hexaRide: An Incredible VR Experience Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

When people hear “VR,” or virtual reality, it doesn’t register much of a reaction. It’s something you might see advertised on TV or on a small poster in a department store. If you are like I was, it’s not something you would ever imagine yourself being interested in. In Japan, however, VR attractions are going…

What I Packed for Japan vs. What I Needed to Pack

Packing for trips and vacations have always proved to be a difficult thing for me. It doesn’t matter if I’m leaving for two days or two months, I have never been able to pack effectively. I’ve watched many Youtube videos and read articles on how to pack well or what to pack when going somewhere, and…

2 Day MUST SEE Kyoto Trip

If you are traveling to Japan, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of things you MUST see. You’ll visit multiple websites that go from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto to Hiroshima to Nara to Hakone to Mt. Fuji and to the many other beautiful sites in Japan. It is a lot of information to…

Experience Japan’s Model Kit Culture at the Gundam Base!

If you’re at all familiar with Japanese pop culture, you probably have heard of or know about Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam, originally a television anime series which aired in 1979, has since grown into a massive franchise spanning various stories across anime, manga, films, and even an upcoming live-action film from Godzilla: King of the…
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3 Must Visit Doughnut Shops in Tokyo

Doughnuts are the perfect dessert, whether it’s after a meal or as a snack. Whether you are wandering around Tokyo as a tourist or taking a lunch break from work, these doughnut shops are perfect places to drop by. Not only do these doughnuts taste delicious, but they are also adorable and aesthetically pleasing, making…

Monkey Around at Kyoto’s Monkey Park

When I travel I’d rather visit the more unique places of wherever I’m at. The more adventurous, and ‘out there’ the better. I want to see and experience things that I wouldn’t be able to find back home in the United States. So, when I went to Kyoto this past weekend the Iwatayama Monkey Park…
Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Why you shouldn’t climb Mt. Fuji in the off-season

Over a quarter million people climb the infamous Mt. Fuji every year during the short climbing season of July and August. You may have heard the horror stories of climbers being stuck in lines while climbing up the mountain and uncomfortable mountain huts filled to the brim. Hearing this, you may want to avoid those…

Explore the Beauty of Tokyo’s Hydrangea Festival

When summer comes to Japan, you can tell by the start of the rainy season and rising temperatures. But with more rain means the start of the blooming season for many flowers, and in Bunkyo city in Tokyo, the blooming season of hydrangea flowers is celebrated with the Hydrangea Festival, Ajisai Matsuri. This festival is…

Visit Historic Nagoya Castle!

When traveling through Japan, it’s a common method to take the Shinkansen train west of Tokyo and visit major cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima. One of the largest Japanese cities, Nagoya, lies between Kyoto and Tokyo. This historical city was once one of the most important cities in Japan, as it served as a waypoint…