Hida Furukawa

Hida Furukawa is a nice little day trip from Takayama.  It is a compact town with some nice traditional streets showing off some rather beautiful, very Japanese architecture.  It’s quieter and calmer than Takayama. Budget travel tips Download this useful town map or get one from the Tourist Information Center outside of Hidafurukawa Station south exit. It’s bestContinue reading “Hida Furukawa”

Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps.  It is famous for it’s festivals, markets and old-fashioned atmosphere.  It makes for a nice trip away from cities such as Kyoto or Nagoya. Budget travel tips Pick up a free map of the area at the Tourist Information Office (see map) opposite the station. CutContinue reading “Takayama”

Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel

Tampozan Marketplace (天保山マーケットプレイス) and the Ferris wheel next to it make for a nice morning or afternoon.  Great if you need a rest from all the shrines and temples in Kyoto!  Walk around the area for a nice view of Osaka’s coast. Budget travel tips The Naniwa Food Theme Park is a little expensive, butContinue reading “Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel”

Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market is a fascinating market in central Osaka.  There seems to be an endless supply of strange and interesting stalls for tourists to have a look and and maybe purchase something. No chain stores here, just locals selling their goods. Budget travel tips Get here in the morning if you can, it gets very lively! Don’t bring anyContinue reading “Kuromon Market”

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”

Free Meat! Tokyo Meat Market Festival!

The Tokyo Meat Market, near Shinagawa and Sengakuji Temple is a yearly festival dedicated to meat. The best thing about this festival is all the FREE meat they give out!  Today I had Shabu Shabu pork (very soft and tender) and pork Katsu (cutlet) for the grand total of 0 yen.  Also on offer wasContinue reading “Free Meat! Tokyo Meat Market Festival!”

Shimo Kitazawa

Shimo Kitazawa (しもきたざわ/下北沢) is a trendy place town with plenty of second-hand shops, bars, record shops, interesting fashions and nice cafes and restaurants.  It’s where all the cool, young people hang out! Budget travel tips The best way to experience Shimo Kitazawa is to walk around randomly and just soak it in.  The streets areContinue reading “Shimo Kitazawa”