Tagged with Sakura

Kicking back in Kumamoto

Kicking back in Kumamoto


This is it, the last post in this year’s Japan travel blog series! Back in April I travelled from Osaka to Kobe to Kyushu with my mum and sister, and you can read all about our travels here. Our last destination was Kumamoto, home of Kumamoto Castle and the iconic mascot Kumamon! Kumamoto Castle is … Continue reading

Fun in Fukuoka!

Fun in Fukuoka!


Fukuoka and Kyushu may not be places that western tourists generally visit in Japan, unless they’ve been to the country more than once or have a particular reason to visit. In our case, Fukuoka, the largest city in the southern island of Kyushu, was where my sister Grace had been spending several months studying and teaching. … Continue reading

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle


Well, we’ve reached the last leg of Sophie and Oana’s Japan 2015 holiday blog series. After travelling around Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka… we spent two days in Kanazawa before flying home. It’s hard to believe this was back in April, when the sakura was in bloom, and also that it’s taken me this … Continue reading

Kyoto secret garden: Heian Shrine

Kyoto secret garden: Heian Shrine


One thing I love about Japan is that it’s so easy to find a secluded tranquil space in the middle of the city. At first, the Heian Shrine looks big, red and, because of the crowds, touristy. This shrine in eastern Kyoto, not too far from the iconic Gion district, is relatively young by Japanese … Continue reading

Sakura overload in Tokyo!

Sakura overload in Tokyo!


Brace yourselves, the sakura photos are coming! I thought I’d start off the post-holiday blog saga with some cherry blossom highlight photos from Tokyo, where we spent a whirlwind 4 days. Here’s a theory: Britain would be 120% happier if we planted some sakura trees around the country. A traditional English picnic’s all well and good, … Continue reading