Category: Asia

Adjusting to life after holidays

So I'm back. And as predicted, Japan was an absolute blast. It never fails to delight as a holiday destination and I think this break was the best yet! I'll share my adventures from Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Tokyo in a lot more detail over the coming weeks, but for now a few thoughts on adjusting ...

An afternoon wander through Asakusa

Even though we've been before (a couple of times!), we took one of our afternoons in Tokyo last week to have a wander around Asakusa. It's definitely a neighbourhood of two halves: a very touristy side and a more authentic side. I think we saw both. We'd spent the morning wandering around Ueno Park in ...

Our week in Tokyo: Champagne and sushi

So I’m back from my week in Tokyo and I’m missing it already. We had such an amazing time, despite the freezing cold weather and the snow. It was our first time in Tokyo in the winter, so that was to be expected - and we packed accordingly! As we’ve been to Tokyo so many times ...

I’ve booked a mileage run!

What madness is this? Booking a trip with the sole purpose of getting as many BA tier points as possible? Yes. This is my life now. I’m so comfortable with my BA Gold Status, that I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it. @TheFrankFlyer did a quick calculation of my (and his) airline miles status, ...

A week in Tokyo: with carry-on luggage only

I'm about an hour away from making my way to London Gatwick for the first leg of our trip to Japan. And for the first time, I'm going to Japan with only carry-on luggage. Nothing is getting checked in, so I won't waste any time at check-in or at arrival, waiting for bags. Obviously, I ...

Fukuoka it is!

As I mentioned previously,  have quite a few great trips planned for 2018. And this time next week, I'll be on my way to Tokyo (via Helsinki!) enjoying all that Finnair has to offer.But in August, I return to Japan - along with @TheFrankFlyer - and we have two weeks to enjoy ourselves. In planning ...

Two weeks to Tokyo

I had a lovely realisation on Sunday morning as I sat in Starbucks sipping a bucket of coffee: in less than two weeks, @TheFrankFlyer and I will be back in Tokyo for eight days of fun. Anyone who's read this blog for a while will know it's my favourite city on Earth. So being able ...

40 days until Tokyo!

Today marks the 40-day countdown to my next trip to Tokyo and to say I'm excited is an understatement. We're going to firstly spend an evening in Schiphol Airport's Hilton Hotel and then fly to Tokyo the following morning with Finnair, via Helsinki. This was how I got to Tokyo when I brought my nephew, ...

Exploring Kanazawa: Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden

Last month, as part of our two and half weeks in Japan, we visited somewhere completely new to us: Kanazawa. It's located North-West of Tokyo, on the opposite side of the Honshu island and is the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa has only relatively recently been served by a Shinkansen service to Tokyo and ...

Kyoto: exploring Fushimi Inari Taisha

We spent yesterday morning climbing the side of a mountain in 28C heat - all to take in the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. This is a Shinto shrine featuring hundreds of beautiful Tori gates, all built into a roughly circular route. Everything we'd read about the site advised us to get there ...