Japan

Five Reasons I Fell in Love with Tokyo

Five Reasons I Fell in Love with Tokyo

Please enjoy this guest post from Ian Garstang As somebody who returns to Asia time and time again, there’s always been steep competition between the likes of Hong Kong and Seoul to gain a place in my heart as my all-time favourite Asian city, but recently, Tokyo was the city that stole it. Having visited with a head full of ... Read More »

Japan Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

Japan Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day. Hitting our target amount will be easy in some countries, but others like Japan will prove to be more difficult. We spent 12 days and nights in Japan, so having a plan in place for lodging and transportation was important to stay on track. These two ... Read More »

Top 5 Activities in Kyoto, Japan

Top 5 Activities in Kyoto, Japan

We spent seven wonderful days in Kyoto, Japan. We enjoyed virtually everything we did, saw and ate during our brief time in the city. With that said, it is extremely difficult to narrow it down to our five favorite events. However, the post title dictates it, right? So, our five favorite activities we took part in while in Kyoto are… ... Read More »

A Local, A Kiwi and Two Americans

A Local, A Kiwi and Two Americans

Cheers to meeting new people and new experiences! For those who are not familiar with couchsurfing, it is a website/community of people who sign up to host people (couchsurfers) and be hosted while traveling. Some might be a little leery of the idea of staying with and meeting random strangers, but the site does include some verification as well as reviews ... Read More »

How to Hike Mount Daimonji

How to Hike Mount Daimonji

For a great view of Kyoto, be sure to hike Mt. Daimonji. This is part of the eastern mountain range in Kyoto and will not disappoint. The hike (scenic option) can be done by most anyone in relatively decent physical condition and includes both wooded and open areas, so we suggest wearing sunscreen and insect repellent. There are some additional ... Read More »

Let’s Go Grocery Shopping: Kyoto, Japan Edition

Let’s Go Grocery Shopping: Kyoto, Japan Edition

Grocery shopping and cooking your own food while traveling is a great way to save money and stick to a budget. Over the course of our RTW trip we will be staying at a number of guesthouses and hostels that will include a kitchen and other cooking utensils, so we will be taking advantage of these when possible. While we still ... Read More »

Tokyo: A Quick Four Days

Tokyo: A Quick Four Days

A VERY quick four days! We spent four days and three nights in Tokyo and we can say with absolute certainty that this was not enough time to truly see the city, but we have a schedule to keep:) We had an overnight bus to Kyoto booked, so we had to pick and choose what we wanted to see most, ... Read More »

Overnight in Haneda Airport – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Overnight in Haneda Airport – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Can you stay overnight in the Tokyo-Haneda International Airport? Yes, you can! Our 12 hour flight from the U.S. arrived around 10:30pm local time. So, instead of paying for an outrageously priced airport hotel for maybe a few hours of sleep, we chose to stay overnight in the airport. Anyone who wishes to stay overnight must make their way to the international ... Read More »

Walking For Coffee and Winding Up at a ‘Girls’ Bar

Walking For Coffee and Winding Up at a ‘Girls’ Bar

It was decided we wanted (needed) some coffee after we finished the complimentary tea in our room…our jet lag is in full effect at the moment. Numerous coffee cafés were seen near the Senso-Ji temple, so we figured they would be prevalent everywhere and easy to locate. The temple area is unbelievable, but we wanted to see some new parts of ... Read More »

We Made It!

We Made It!

We made it to our first destination on our round-the-world (RTW) adventure – TOKYO, JAPAN! Overall, everything went as planned to begin our trip, which does not happen often when it comes to us and flying. We stayed in Minneapolis the night before with some friends and got to the airport without rushing in the morning. Our flight to Los ... Read More »