tsuruga-jo castle aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Tsuruga Castle (Tsuruga-jo) is the sightseeing jewel in Aizuwakamatsu’s crown, and is a must visit when in town. The original castle was built on this site in 1384, and was the military and administrative center of the Aizu region until 1868. The castle was demolished in 1874, having become

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.

Osaka craft beer bars map

Osaka is known as “the kitchen of Japan” and it doesn’t take visitor long to realise that this nickname is warranted. The people of Osaka love to eat and drink, and the options available to engage in both in are plentiful. The Osaka craft beer (Ji Bīru) scene really kicked off

gion kyoto japan geisha district

Gion, Kyoto is one of the most well known Geisha districts in Japan, with beautifully preserved architecture and traditional customs and entertainment. The streets of Gion are characterised by old wooden townhouses (machiya) which contain teahouses (ochaya), shops and restaurants. These buildings give the district a beautiful old world charm and, understandably the area is

kyoto food guide blog where to eat

Kyoto, just like every other city I visited in Japan was full of great food. In Osaka, I realised that what I knew about Japanese food barely scratched the surface of the intricacies and depth of this unique cuisine and in Kyoto, the journey of discovery continued. Japanese food is