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 […]Read more "11 day Japan itinerary"
Let me begin by sharing that we are huge fans of Kit Kat chocolate wafer candies. I travel to the UK and always look to bring home a bag of orange flavored Kit Kats for the family – delicious. I heard about the many different flavors of Kit Kats that may be offered in Japan, […]Read more "Who wants to visit the Kit Kat store in Tokyo?"
I experienced a culture of friendliness throughout Japan. The customer service in the hotels and restaurants were among the best ever (especially Westin Miyako Kyoto – wow!) and by the way tipping is typically not expected and may sometimes be considered an insult as it is their job to provide the outstanding service. There were […]Read more "The only 3 words to know in Japanese and 10 etiquette tips"
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 […]Read more "Tea culture in Japan"
My wife and I planned our trip to Japan a year ago to have as close to perfect timing in order to experience sakura (cherry blossom blooming) season in Japan. Our first week in Kyoto ended up being a week too early. We walked through Philosopher’s Path and along the river and would yell with […]Read more "Sakura spotting this week in Tokyo"
Traveling throughout North America and Europe, just about everywhere you go, credit cards seem to be accepted. What I recently experienced in Japan was quite different. As high tech as Japan may be with high speed trains, futuristic toilets and taxis with auto open doors, they can be quite behind others with credit card usability. […]Read more "Credit cards in Japan? Nope"
Sushi is a popular food all over Japan, but it is a way of life in Tokyo. There are sushi restaurants everywhere and most of them are very good. Some are Michelin starred spots that may cost $300 per person and others can be conveyor belt sushi restaurants where a complete meal may cost under […]Read more "I’ve been eating sushi wrong my entire life!"