Tokyo Olympics 2020

I visited London several times in the years leading up to their Olympic Games and recall seeing souvenirs and signage all over town promoting the big event. So I was expecting more of the same in Tokyo this month and wanted to at least buy a T-shirt. This was not the case at all. In […]

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11 day Japan itinerary

Day 0 – travel day, arrive Tokyo Narita airport, redeem JR Pass and take Shinkansen to Kyoto for 5 night stay at Westin Miyako Hotel (the best customer service I’ve ever experienced was at this hotel). Day 1 – Cycle Kyoto 30km full city tour. Great way to get familiar with Kyoto and all the […]

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Tea culture in Japan

Tea is a way of life in Japan. Restaurants serve complimentary hot tea the way ice water is provided in US restaurants. Green tea is the most common, but I did experience hot barley tea a couple times. During a tour of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, we stopped by a tea shop and learned […]

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