Where to eat and drink in a yokocho like a Tokyo local

Where to eat and drink in a yokocho like a Tokyo local

When it comes to Japan, many people think of Tokyo as the ultra-modern capital and Kyoto as the ancient one full of all things traditional. But what many people don’t know is that behind Tokyo’s tall buildings and neon lights are little pockets of former times living on despite their...

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Why Osaka is every foodie’s dream city

Why Osaka is every foodie’s dream city

Osaka was my first stop in Japan, and it quickly became clear what this place is famous for. Food. And my, was it glorious. I was constantly stimulated by the sights and smells of unrecognisable treats, my eyes and nose darting in different directions, not only in restaurants and supermarkets...

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How to eat sushi in Tokyo

How to eat sushi in Tokyo

To dip or not to dip? Chopsticks or fingers? One bite or two? We asked Meg, our local guide in Tokyo, how to eat sushi like a local. (Hint: ginger is not a topping.) Sorry, I’m going to give so many rules here, but hopefully even with these rules, people...

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Cleaning up Kumamoto

Cleaning up Kumamoto

Two strong earthquakes struck the Kumamoto area in Japan on April 14th and April 16th, magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. There were 49 deaths, which may not seem a huge number in natural disaster news — in fact, I believe most of people have probably already forgotten about it or...

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Lost in translation: Why Japan does whisky bars better

Lost in translation: Why Japan does whisky bars better

The lift doors open and I step into a Bill Murray movie. The elevator’s halogen glare becomes the soft ripple of candlelight. A barman in a black vest and bowtie is mixing cocktails with the precision and concentration of a brain surgeon. There’s the murmur of conversation. A freaking grand...

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Photo of the week: Christmas with the Colonel

Photo of the week: Christmas with the Colonel

Japan always does things a little differently and Christmas is no exception! Likely one of the world’s quirkiest holiday traditions takes place on December 24th in cities across Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo when people line up for their holiday feast of…KFC! That’s right, the traditional meal for Christmas Eve...

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Photo of the week: Mount Fuji, above and beyond

Photo of the week: Mount Fuji, above and beyond

100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo lies Mount Fuji – Japan’s highest mountain. An hour drive from Japan’s capital, this World Heritage Site was designated ‘cultural’ rather than ‘natural’ due to its appearance in inspired books, poems, art, and music about Japan. Climbing is a popular activity, but if trekking up...

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A Local’s Guide to Arashiyama – Kyoto

A Local’s Guide to Arashiyama – Kyoto

I have been living in Kyoto for six months now and, as anyone who has lived in a tourist destination for long can tell you, famous sightseeing areas quickly become less and less interesting. Sure, the temple of the Golden Pavilion is breathtakingly beautiful. But after you’ve strolled around the...

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7 cities that are better at night

7 cities that are better at night

To really experience a city, you’ve got to get to know it when the sun goes down. That’s when secrets come out, when friends are made and when the adventure feels just a bit more real. These places already some of our favourites in daylight, but we love even more...

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24 hours in: Kyoto

24 hours in: Kyoto

If you only have a short amount of time to visit Kyoto then you will undoubtedly leave promising to come back and experience everything that you missed out on.  There’s a lot to get through! If you need a step in the right direction, here’s our guide to 24 hours...

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