Japan

abeshokudō kitakata

KITAKATA | Imagine there was a place where you could eat ramen every day and nobody would bat an eyelid. A place where ramen is so popular that there’s a ramen museum, and shops serve who ramen to hungry locals for breakfast. Kitakata, in Japan’s Fukushima province, is such a

aizu bukeyashiki samurai residence

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence) is one of the many historical sites that gives visitors an insight into the history of Aizuwakamatsu, or “Samurai City” as it’s sometimes referred to. The Aizu Bukeyashiki was the main residence of top-ranking Edo period Aizu retainer, Tanomo Saigo, and the residence features many interesting areas including

abeshokudō kitakata

KITAKATA | Kitakata is a town that’s famous for its ramen, with over 130 stores offering up bowls of the good stuff. Despite being a small town, Kitakata actually has the highest per-capita number of ramen establishments in Japan. Abe Shokudō is one of the many places serving up tasty bowls

sakakura classic ohara sake brewery kitakata

KITAKATA | Ohara Shuzō Sake Brewery has been making use of Kitakata’s famous high quality water and rice, and appropriate climate to brew sake since 1717. The brewery uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques to produce its sake, and does so in a beautiful historical warehouse which was built more than 280

nisshin-kan aizuwakamatsu

JAPAN | Fukushima. It’s a beautiful part of Japan with stunning natural beauty, amazing food, and a rich history. Japan is one of my favourite countries and I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice in recent years. Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are all cities I’ve visited more than once, and

hiroshima today

Hiroshima. Arriving in the city by rail on a day trip out of Osaka I’ll admit that the sum total of my knowledge about the city was that the atomic bomb (“a-bomb”) dropped here in World War II. While I was very interested in the history surrounding this, I also wanted

historical sites of kyoto japan

To say that there are a lot of historical sites in Kyoto is an understatement to say the least. The former Japanese capital is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including several castles, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines. Normally I don’t spend much time on the

Amerikamura Osaka, known more commonly amongst locals by the name Amemura, literally translates as “American Village” and unsurprisingly is a part of Osaka that’s been influenced by the pop culture of the United States. It’s a popular entertainment and shopping district that’s popular with Osaka’s youth and has an eclectic, energetic

osaka orange street tachibana

Osaka’s Orange Street is a part of Osaka that’s full of the latest fashions and trends, boutiques, interior design stores and hip cafes. Formerly a furniture district, today this 800 metre long narrow backstreet is Osaka’s equivalent of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, London’s Shoreditch and Melbourne’s Fitzroy etc. Orange Street is actually the

wandering kyoto streets japan

The streets of Kyoto are a pleasure to walk through. I’ve been to a few cities in Japan, and Kyoto is by far the most beautiful of the bunch. It’s a modern city but as it was not bombed during World War II, it retains a lot of pre-war architecture.