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 […]Read more "Tokyo Olympics 2020"
You may be planning your trip to Japan and wondering how will I ever figure out those trains? No need to worry. Japan has the most efficient and cleanest public transportation systems that I’ve ever experienced. You can do this! Here are 10 important tips to get you well on your way to train and […]Read more "Trains, trains, and more trains in Japan"
Thirsty for a drink? Hot or cold? No worries, just walk 3 minutes in any direction in urban Japan and you are likely to bump into a vending machine oasis to quench your thirst. After a few days in Kyoto, we noticed the many machines, but it was on our 3rd day while in Osaka […]Read more "Let talk about all those vending machines in Japan…"
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"