Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

Here are the best places for cherry blossom viewing, also known as ‘hanami’, in Japan: Ueno Park A huge park with seemingly hundreds of cherry blossom trees.  Very, very busy, but great atmosphere. Ueno travel guide More in Tokyo Himeji Castle Himeji Castle is breath-taking during the cherry blossom season.  It’s free if you justContinue reading “Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan”

Traveling to Japan? Learn how to drink for less while eating out

Japan is a mysterious place that I believe everyone should check out at least once in their life. The beauty of the islands can bring almost a tear to one’s eye. But after seeing the sights of the day, there is a common theme that everyone loves to do in Japan. Go out to eat!Continue reading “Traveling to Japan? Learn how to drink for less while eating out”

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Are you into beer? Want to try out some famous Japanese beer? The Museum of Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール記念館) is the place for you! The museum features a good number of displays on the history of Yebisu Beer, as well as Japanese beer in general. The Tasting Salon is the highlight here, and the shops featuresContinue reading “Museum of Yebisu Beer”

See the cherry blossoms before it’s too late! At Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden is one of the main parks in Tokyo, and is therefore great for cherry blossoms (sakura).  We went there to take some pics, before enjoying the special sakura bath at the nearby Sakura Hot Spring. By that we mean pink silky water! We followed the easy to use recommended course for cherry blossomContinue reading “See the cherry blossoms before it’s too late! At Rikugien Garden”

Stunning Sakura! Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo

Ueno Park is one of the most popular free places to go for cherry blossom viewing.  It gets really, really crowded, but there are so many different types of cherry blossom trees in many different areas, so it’s a must visit if you are in Japan during the cherry blossom season. There is a nice route aroundContinue reading “Stunning Sakura! Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo”

Sakura has started! Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Cherry Blossoms

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokyo.  I recently went there to see if ‘sakura‘ had already started.  Many of the trees were already in full bloom, while others were nearly, nearly there.  This tree greets you at the Okubo entrance. Some of the trees wereContinue reading “Sakura has started! Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Cherry Blossoms”

The best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo

Here are some of the best places for Sakura in Tokyo: Ueno Park A huge park with seemingly hundreds of cherry blossom trees.  Very, very busy, but great atmosphere. Ueno travel guide. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden A very easy to access park.  Much quieter than the other main parks. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden travel guide Inokashira ParkContinue reading “The best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecasts for 2014 (Updated)

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) is fast approaching and the Japan Weather Association has just posted their updated forecasts for each area.  They will probably blossom a little earlier than usual this year. The best time for seeing the cherry blossoms are usually about a week after the expected opening.

Dotonbori Canal

If you have seen a picture of Osaka before, it was probably of Dotonbori Canal.  The remodeled canal is an amazing area, and so much better now that you can walk along it’s banks.  Countless photo opportunities and lots of lights. Budget travel tips Best in the evening. Make sure you also check out Dotonbori Street whenContinue reading “Dotonbori Canal”

Dotonbori Street

Dotonbori Street is the place to go for drinks or food in the evening in Osaka.  It’s full of reasonably priced restaurants and bars, and has a lively character that will force you to get out your camera and take a few pics! Budget travel tips It’s a nice place any time of the day,Continue reading “Dotonbori Street”

Nishiki Market

An interesting downtown market near to Kyoto station.  Nishiki Market is known as a place to find Kyoto’s most famous fish, snacks and other various goods.  Budget travel tips Walk down the recommended route on the map below. Prices can be reasonable, but look around before purchasing as there is much on offer. How toContinue reading “Nishiki Market”