Melanie booked her trip to Japan wanting to immerse herself in a culture she was unaware of, yet interested in. She had no idea where to go or what to expect, and in her search for tours and experiences, she came across Freewheeling Japan, a cycling tour of Tokyo city. The tour guide was an America… Read More
Going on a date in Tokyo is essentially a date with the city itself. You get to know each other just by being there, and wherever you look, something fascinating is looking right back at you.
My ideal date with Tokyo city begins in Omotesandō, exploring the streets to find a cute cafe to brunch … Read More
One of my favourite places in Japan is Kamakura, a historic coastal town surrounded by nature, just one hour from Tokyo. The best way to explore is by foot - a stroll is a great way to soak up the relaxed atmosphere, and there are street vendors offering traditional snacks by the wayside.
You ca… Read More
Nursing a warm latte, the famous Shibuya scramble crossing sprawls beneath me. My eyes wander over brightly coloured billboards, trucks that blare out J-pop tunes, and young pretty things immaculately dressed, sharing the streets with salarymen and the eccentric. I’m in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most… Read More
There are many sumo stables in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district, but only a small handful offer access to tourists. Even then, their requirements are so strict that you really must be part of a guided tour - a traditional Japan bucket list essential. Kasugano Beya, near Ryogoku Station, is perhaps the … Read More
Leah, her two children and partner visited Japan for the very first time over Easter break 2017. During their holiday they visited Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. And in each city, they visited one theme park: Tokyo DisneySea, Universal Studios Japan and Toei Studio Park
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Owakudani geothermal area, Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Tonosawa hot springs
At 1,050 metres above sea level, the Owakudani geothermal area offers one of Hakone's best views of Mount Fuji. This valley steams and hisses with vapour coming straight through the earth's crust, and… Read More
With spectacular views of Mount Fuji and abundant natural hot springs,
Hakone is a rewarding short trip close to Tokyo
Hakone has long been a favourite getaway spot for Tokyoites. An historic hot spring town located some 80 kilometres away from the city in Kanagawa Prefect… Read More
Hakone Sekisho checkpoint, Hakone Shrine, and the Hakone Open-Air Museum
As the tenth post town on the old Tōkaidō highway from Tokyo, Hakone was strategically important to the samurai government of Japan's Edo era (1603-1867). Its Hakone Sekisho building served as a checkp… Read More
Welcome to Tokyo, the only place in the world that you can eat Michelin-starred food for under $10, sleep in a capsule, or watch live baseball at 4am in the morning. It is without a doubt one of the busiest, craziest, more bizarre cities on the planet! The list of things you can do here is lite… Read More
In the days before refrigeration, soy sauce, salt, vinegar and wasabi weren't just optional extras with sushi; they were essential ingredients used to preserve the texture of fish, and keep bacteria from rapidly invading. The creative use of these ingredients established a numbe… Read More
Essential highlights of Japan now and then
The towering skyscrapers and ornate temple pagodas that symbolise Tokyo and Kyoto today are also an expression of the rich culture and history of Japan. Each city is a fascinating journey between modernity and tradition, and must be experienced on any tri… Read More
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Deep in the throbbing maze of Tokyo's Kabuki-cho entertainment area, Robot Restaurant's futuristic gladiators rumble and tumble like sumo wrestlers in a stable.
They pack a powerful punch of neon-charged dancing, drumming and general mayhem, curren… Read More
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There are essential items for travelling; passports, suitcase, appropriate currency etc etc… and when it comes to travelling to Japan, you’ll also need a portable Wi-Fi device.
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Just a hop and a skip away from Shinjuku station, in the glitzy town of Kabuki-chō - one of Tokyo’s most famous entertainment districts - is Robot Restaurant. The walk over to the restaurant from Shinjuku station, as well as the entrance to Kabuki-chō is filled with bright signage and borderline-il… Read More
Battle scenes by fearsome robots and tantalizing dancers burst across the neon lit floor to the pumping music...
Imagine what Ridley Scott and Armin van Buuren would come up with if they co-directed a movie, and you have the nightly show at Robot Restaurant.
It's one of the greatest and quirkie… Read More