Tagged with Japan tourism

Take me to…  the Ise Jingu!

Take me to… the Ise Jingu!


It’s been a while since I did a travel blog, and one place in Japan that I’ve always wanted to go to and blog about is the Ise Jingu. Located on the Shima Peninsula in the Mie Prefecture, the Ise Jingu, or Ise Shrines, are the most sacred Shinto shrines in Japan. There are 125 … Continue reading

Take me to… Tashirojima!

Take me to… Tashirojima!


There’s a good chance you’ll have heard of Tashirojima in Japan by now. It’s featured on BBC documentaries, Youtube channels, books, newspaper articles and pretty much every medium. Why? Because Tashirojima is otherwise known as Cat Island and its main inhabitants are… cats. Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture where cats outnumber the … Continue reading

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!


The samurai is a subject of Japanese history that continues to fascinate me, and the mere mention of doing something or going somewhere with a samurai connection will inevitably get me excited. In 2015, my friend and I ventured to Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture largely to sate my obsession with Date Masamune (I blame … Continue reading

Exploring Kanazawa

Exploring Kanazawa


It’s time for another flurry of holiday photos! I cannot recommend a visit to Kanazawa enough if you are travelling around Japan. It’s serene, beautiful and full of history. We managed to cram the highlights into just two days – Kanazawa Castle got its own blog post which you can read here – so here … Continue reading

Deer-dodging in Nara

Deer-dodging in Nara


It’s nearly Christmas, so here’s a blog post all about the deer (not reindeer – although watch out for those antlers) in Nara! This is another overdue holiday blog post, as we were in Nara in April just as the sakura were starting to fall like snow. In 710, Japan’s first capital was established at … Continue reading

Mooching around Osaka

Mooching around Osaka


I know we’ve just slipped into November, so I’m a little bit late on the final Osaka October blog post. If you haven’t been following on Twitter, you can check out all the Osaka photos I tweeted to celebrate #OsakaOctober. We had a lot of fun in Osaka, so I’d like to leave you with a … Continue reading

Maruyama Park and around

Maruyama Park and around


If you want to have a picnic lunch and spend a few lazy hours people-watching in Kyoto, Maruyama Park is a must-visit. This beautiful park is situated next to the very popular and touristy Yasaka Shrine and is one of the best cherry blossom (sakura) viewing spots in Kyoto. The most impressive sight is the … Continue reading

Fox finding at Fushimi Inari

Fox finding at Fushimi Inari


Fushimi Inari is arguably one of the most iconic sites of Japan and one of my absolute favourite places in Kyoto. This important Shinto shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which stretch majestically over a network of trails leading up to a mountain summit (about a 2-3 hour walk) and around … Continue reading

Philosophising on the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto

Philosophising on the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto


A leisurely stroll down the Philosopher’s Walk is an absolutely must if you’re visiting Kyoto. This 2 kilometre-long stone path is lined by hundreds of cherry trees, which come into full bloom in early April, and is one of the city’s most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots. The best place to start your walk … Continue reading

One day in Sendai: The Date Masamune trail

One day in Sendai: The Date Masamune trail


“Why are you in Sendai?” a slightly confused-looking businessman asked me and Oana as we stood huddled an umbrella waiting to get a table in a little izakaya. Most people think of Tokyo and Kyoto when they’re planning their Japan holiday, so what on earth were two English girls who spoke only passable Japanese at best … Continue reading