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”

7 ways the new Tokyo book from Super Cheap Japan will save you loads

Traveling to Tokyo soon and looking for a travel guide? Super Cheap Tokyo is your perfect companion! It will show you where, when and how to save when traveling in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. I’ve worked super hard to make it into the ultimate guidebook! Here is what’s included to make your holidayContinue reading “7 ways the new Tokyo book from Super Cheap Japan will save you loads”

Sneak peak at the new Super Cheap Tokyo book! Read the FREE chapter

In case you have not heard, I’m releasing a new book, called Super Cheap Tokyo! With the bestselling success of the Super Cheap Japan guidebook, I’ve decided to release a book focusing on the amazing capital and the surrounding Kanto region. I lived there for many years, so I know all the best ways toContinue reading “Sneak peak at the new Super Cheap Tokyo book! Read the FREE chapter”

Autumn leaves forecast for 2018

Autumn is one of the best times to come to Japan. Unlike the week or two that each area has cherry blossoms in full bloom, the autumn leaves stay bright for longer. It makes traveling much easier as you don’t have to worry too much about leaves changing sooner or later if the weather makesContinue reading “Autumn leaves forecast for 2018”

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”

Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan

Japanese people are some of the worst English speakers in the world, so it’s best the learn a few key phrases before you visit Japan. There will be times when you are trying to communicate with someone who has absolutely no English ability. Having said that, one of the great things about Japan is thatContinue reading “Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan”

Top 10 Christmas and New Year’s Illuminations in Tokyo

Tokyo, while not really a religious city in comparison to many, has some really good ‘illuminations’ and ‘light-up’ displays around Christmas and New Year’s. What makes Tokyo so great is that all the main shopping centers, malls and department stores have entered a battle to see who can make the best illuminations. There are allContinue reading “Top 10 Christmas and New Year’s Illuminations in Tokyo”

Sneak peak inside the new book

There it is! The new book delivered 😀 Now that everything is ready, my new travel book is ready to release on 22nd September. The brand new Super Cheap Japan book is the ultimate budget travel guide to Japan, full of the most useful, up-to-date information for a cheap holiday in Japan. With extensive tax-freeContinue reading “Sneak peak inside the new book”

Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan

This blog and my Japan book are all about saving you money on your holidays in Japan. Food, especially eating out, is one of the things that can really add to travel budgets, so here are the best foods to eat in Japan: 1) Cup noodles Fill up your belly for around $1, or even lessContinue reading “Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan”

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”

Mount Fuji

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the view from the top of Mount Fuji has to be seen to be believed.  While it can get very busy, this will probably be your most memorable experience in Japan. It’s not too pricy to get there and the route up is easy to understand but challenging. ItContinue reading “Mount Fuji”

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)”