{Japan: Eat} Takaki Bakery, Hiroshima Station

In a Nutshell: Where: Takaki Bakery, Hiroshima Station When: May 28, 2012 *Notes: Website, founded in 1948, part of the famous Andersen Group, multiple locations including one in Copenhagen at the famous Tivoli… Continue reading

Calculating How Much $$$ I Will Save With My Japan Rail Pass

For this upcoming Japan trip, we purchased 2 Japan Rail Passes (Green, 21-Day) for 79,600 Yen apiece.  As transportation is fairly expensive in Japan, we knew we’d be saving money with the passes… Continue reading

A Night Market a Little Closer to Home

This last weekend, I went to a Night Market.  Now, when you think of Night Markets you probably picture them taking place somewhere in Asia, like maybe Taiwan or Hong Kong or Singapore. … Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} 20 Minutes or Less in Shibuya, Tokyo

On my 2008 Japan trip, my younger brother came along with M and I.  As it was his very first visit to Japan and we only had a week in Tokyo, we were… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Man Vs. Ramen @ Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

In a Nutshell: Where: Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, 10 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station When: June 3, 2012 *Notes: Website, Admission is 300 JPY, 9 different ramen shops Full Report: Before our 2012 Japan… Continue reading

{Tokyo Disney Resort} Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage Ride

There is a wonderful little ride at Tokyo Disney Sea called Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage.  This charming attraction features a 10-minute long boat ride with hundreds of animatronic figures, an entertaining storyline, and background… Continue reading

{Japan: Plan} My Travel Day Essentials

Here’s what I need with me whenever I travel to and from Japan: 1. Kindle I absolutely need my Kindle for airport layovers and long airplane rides.  I also read right before going… Continue reading

{Japan: Eat} Hanamaru Udon on a Rainy Day in Kumamoto

In a Nutshell: Where: Sanuki Udon Hanamaru, Shimotori Arcade, Kumamoto When: On a rainy day in May, 2012 *Notes: Website, over 300 locations in Japan, 1600 JPY for 2 large udons + kakiage… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} Off the Beaten Path: Arisa, Kyushu, Japan

One of the best things about having a JR Pass is having the freedom to throw your itinerary aside and jump on the first train to Anywhere, Japan.  Which is exactly what we… Continue reading

Hello Japan! A Room With A View

On our 2012 Japan trip, we were lucky enough to get some hotel rooms with wonderful views.  (This was all thanks to a great travel agent who got us upgraded rooms at standard… Continue reading

{Japan: Plan} Our Itinerary for a 3-Day Trip to Nagasaki, Kyushu

On our upcoming Japan trip (now less than a month away!), we will be staying in Nagasaki for 3 nights.  What make this city so interesting, in my opinion, is how heavily influenced… Continue reading

{Japan: Explore} What’s Inside the Great Buddha of Kamakura?

Visiting Kamakura is one of the most popular day trips to take from Tokyo.  Once there, many people make a beeline to see the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) at Kotokuin Temple.    I, along… Continue reading