Nagoya City Guide: Nagoya has a lot to offer. It is a convenient location, with important history, skilled craftsmanship, and unique food, a multifaceted city, minus the crowds. Japan’s 4th most populous city is a center for industry and export. And even though it lies on the so-called ‘Golden Route’ between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka,

An effective approach to trip planning has become indispensable for many travellers when researching their next trip. To consistently experience exceptional travels in Japan, it helps to have a list of the best Japan travel websites and resources.That’s what this post is about. Here you’ll discover some of my favourite trip planning resources, along with some others

When it comes to planning independent travel to Japan, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why starting with a clear idea of what you want to get out of your travels, and then shaping those ideas into a well-designed travel plan, according to a few simple steps, is crucial if you want to consistently enjoy exceptional

Japan is a food lovers paradise. And it isn’t all sushi and seafood. Ramen, okonomiyaki, tempura, yakitori, or the world’s finest beef are all delicious alternatives. If you are a food lover or a seafood enthusiast, then Japan is a paradise for you. Besides feasting on fresh fish and seafood in myriad ways, you also get a taste

Japanese knives are known as the world’s finest. From kitchen and chef knives, to specialist fish and paring knives, the quality of the best Japanese knives made using traditional craftsmanship is unsurpassed.  And one city in particular can justifiably lay claim to being Japan’s capital of traditional knife making: Sakai. Japanese knives made in Sakai are

If you’re an occasional hiker or even a more experienced trekker, then this excellent guide book is one you really should consider. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your next Japanese mountain adventure. If you’re interested in a more detailed guide than, say, a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, continue reading to see if this book is

Is It Rude To Wear Kimono?“So, do you think it is rude for foreigners to wear Kimono?” I had said no without any doubts. However, my answer now has become somewhat complicated. Here’s why. Growing up as Japanese, I had no chance to learn to put on a kimono by myself until recently, which may come as a

I’m often asked… What are the best things to do in Japan? But ‘best’ can be subjective. What I like and what you like might well be different. However, there’s nothing subjective about what activities people are actually booking. Here then are the Top 10 most popular activities in Japan. These are the most popular based on the

Kansai is known as a region of contrasts.It is central to Japan’s spiritual and cultural development and is where modern Japanese civilisation evolved. At its heart lies Osaka, a city that knows how to enjoy life. But it’s Kyoto, Japan’s former capital, that most tourists flock to.  Kansai: Bringing together the best of modern and traditional Japan However,

In this regularly updated Ultimate Guide I’ll show you everything you need to plan the best ever visit to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.  I share my experience and know-how, from multiple visits, featuring information and advice on all the best and latest attractions.  Right, there’s a lot to cover – so let’s get started! Your Universal

As much as we’d all love to be exploring the sights, hidden gems and back streets of Japan right now, unfortunately the global pandemic still has other ideas. But I won’t let that stop you experiencing The Real Japan! Here’s my guide to 10 of the best-rated virtual Japan tours, each based on original research and genuine

Even if you only have a passing interest, visiting a sumo tournament is a great way to spend an afternoon/evening.  This iconic sport evolved from a religious ritual performed in Shinto shrines more than 1,500 years ago, making it the oldest organised sport in the world.  The 2021 Sumo tournament schedule has been affected by Covid-19.