Tag: Japan

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 ...

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 ...

My 2018 travel plans

Something I learned many years ago was the value of planning your holidays well in advance. Without time blocked out to do some exploring, work can easily take over and you're left with a fight over who gets to take leave and (potentially) higher travel costs for booking at the last minute. And when you've ...

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 ...

London to Tokyo: First Class with British Airways

Our latest trip to Japan started in Heathrow Airport, with a tasty and much-needed breakfast in British Airways' Concorde Room. This is the lounge set aside for passengers traveling First Class. Yes, First Class. But before you jump to any conclusions, I can assure you that our tickets were not full price. We used a combination ...

Making 2017 my Year of Travel!

It's already early March (where did January and February go?!) but so far work has taken me to Dublin three times and Barcelona twice. Both excellent venues, but slightly less so when you're working hard. All the same, I love to travel. Work takes me interesting places and I (normally) get to stay in lovely ...