A highlight of Japan that most tourists never see – Chiba’s Mount Nokogiriyama

Mount Nokogiriyama is a stunning day trip from Tokyo for those that want to see a bit of the countryside. Located on the Boso Peninsula in Kanto, it’s a 330-meter high mountain looking over Tokyo bay. While it’s a bit of a trek to get there all the way from Chiba, it’s definitely worth it!Continue reading “A highlight of Japan that most tourists never see – Chiba’s Mount Nokogiriyama”

Experiencing the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Do you ever want to do something super #OnlyInJapan? Well, recently I thought I would go all out and experience the Kawaii Monster Cafe (カワイイ モンスター カフェ) in Harajuku. Kawaii, meaning cute in Japanese, it most certainly is! As soon as you enter, you’ll be pretty stuck by how colorful everything is. The place wasContinue reading “Experiencing the Kawaii Monster Cafe!”

Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!

The new Super Cheap Japan book is the ultimate guidebook for those traveling to Japan on a budget. Available across the world at retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository, it is a painstakingly researched book aimed at those who worry about spending too much money in the Land of the RisingContinue reading “Free sample chapter from my awesome new book!”

Exploring Yanaka

Yanaka is a peaceful neighborhood that is perfect for a morning stroll and that rewards exploration. A straightforward walk from Ueno to Nippori will take you along quiet streets of undamaged pre-war buildings, quiet temples and an eclectic selection of contemporary artist’s studios and galleries. Most notable among them is the Asakura Museum of SculptureContinue reading “Exploring Yanaka”

A Walk along the Kanda River – Sekiguchi Bashoan (FREE)

Sekiguchi Bashoan (関口芭蕉庵)is where the poet Matsuo Basho lived for four years (1677-1680), supervising the Kanda waterworks. His famous frog haiku was likely written here. While the garden and buildings are not original, they recall the essential elements of Basho’s aesthetic. Short paths lead to a still green pond. The sounds of the season surroundContinue reading “A Walk along the Kanda River – Sekiguchi Bashoan (FREE)”

Intermediatheque

Intermediatheque is one of Tokyo’s best curated yet least talked about museums. Whether you are interested in seeing a selection of ‘abnormal antlers’, a double-headed tortoise, or an impressive display of taxidermied birds, the museum quickly reveals itself to be one giant curiosity cabinet.  Whilst the collection itself is reflective of Japan’s scientific cultural andContinue reading “Intermediatheque”

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) is the first stop for anyone with a keen interest in Japanese history, art, design or fashion. It is the oldest national museum in Japan and has by far the deepest, richest variety of exhibitions. With over 110,000 objects and 87 national treasures, you will need at least a fewContinue reading “Tokyo National Museum”

Sony Building

Want to try out the latest technology, from VR headsets to the latest games? The Sony Building in Ginza is a nice retreat from the noise of downtown Tokyo, and also offers tax-free shopping for a range of Sony goods. Note that the Sony Building will be closed until 2022. Information Cost: FREE Open: 11Continue reading “Sony Building”

NTT InterCommunication Center

NTT InterCommunication Center (NTTインターコミュニケーション・センター) is a free media, art and communications gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. NTT is Japan’s main telephone provider, and this museum was started to commemorate the 100th anniversary of telephones in Japan. The museum has an excellent and selection of innovative, fun and thought-provoking art and multimedia pieces, and shows off someContinue reading “NTT InterCommunication Center”

Arashio Stable

Watching sumo (相撲) is a special and deeply rewarding cultural experience. Many watch it in the big stadiums, but seeing the sumo wrestlers train and prepare gives a fascinating insight into Japan’s national sport. Watching Keiko (morning practice) can be done for free in Tokyo at Arashio Stable. Note that viewers do not actually goContinue reading “Arashio Stable”

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is an icon of Tokyo, helping to boost spirits and symbolising the renewal of the mega city after the war. While the free Metropolitan building and the Skytree beat it in the height game, Tokyo Tower definitely the most iconic and special in the hearts of Tokyo people. Budget travel tips FreeContinue reading “Tokyo Tower”

Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo has a rich art community with a huge selection of large and small galleries. From huge complexes to galleries hosted in an apartment, there is something for all interests. Some charge a fee for entrance, but there are enough free ones to satisfy an art fan! SCAI The Bathhouse Located in an old bathhouse, SCAI TheContinue reading “Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo”