Specialty Dining in Obama, Fukui Prefecture

As a fishing port with historic ties to Kyoto, the city of Obama offers wonderful dining options for travelers visiting its sightseeing spots. It is also possible to build your meal into an experience that involves observing how local foods/drinks are produced and how fish are raised. Seafood lovers can dine on the freshest local … More Specialty Dining in Obama, Fukui Prefecture

City Explorations: A Day in Morioka

The Morioka-Hachimantai region, Iwate Prefecture, is filled with interesting sightseeing spots, fantastic ski resorts, beautiful hiking trails, unique historic sites, and more. Many tourists transit through Morioka Station, but the city itself is definitely worth a visit – especially if you have an interest in architecture. There are two reasonable and easy ways to get … More City Explorations: A Day in Morioka

Walk for Locals: Kamiyacho Station to the Tokyo American Club

Kamiyacho is a small business district in central Tokyo’s Minato Ward. It is filled with governmental institutes and foreign companies. For anyone living or working in the area, here is a list of where to eat, and what to see, on a walk toward the Tokyo American Club (TAC). Within a minute’s walk of Kamiyacho … More Walk for Locals: Kamiyacho Station to the Tokyo American Club

Reasonable Kyoto Dining: Some Personal Favorites

Searching for a restaurant in Kyoto can be intimidating and/or overwhelming. This is a list of places that I have wandered into, as a single traveler, without prior reservations. They are also appropriate for couples and small groups. I doubt that any of them are famous, but they are locations that I have re-visited and … More Reasonable Kyoto Dining: Some Personal Favorites

‘Maguro-lovers’ day trip to Misaki Port & Jogashima

Only 90 minutes from Shinagawa, the quiet town of Misaki is an easy and enjoyable day trip from Tokyo. As a base for maguro fishermen, this is ‘the’ place to enjoy tasty, (incredibly) reasonable tuna. Misaki is a ‘rough around the edges’ fishing port that has a lot of charm. Nearby Jogashima boasts a scenic … More ‘Maguro-lovers’ day trip to Misaki Port & Jogashima

Top 3 ‘Must Buy’ Magazines on Japan

Although there is plenty of information about Japan online, do you enjoy holding an actual magazine in your hands? If so, there are three top quality magazines to consider: Kateigaho International, D Design Travel, and Rurubu Omotenashi Travel Guides. There are also many free publications that are filled with up-to-date event & travel information.   … More Top 3 ‘Must Buy’ Magazines on Japan

Kyoto Restaurant: Gion Mametora

When in Kyoto, Gion Mametora is a fantastic choice for those looking to dine on unique local cuisine. The restaurant serves kaiseki ryori, an elegant course menu based on what’s in season. However, its speciality is mamezushi – small, roundish, bite-sized sushi. Also called ‘maiko-zushi’, they were originally designed for Maiko (Kyoto’s apprentice geisha) so … More Kyoto Restaurant: Gion Mametora