Tag: onsen

A Seoul Sauna Surprise…

I've been lucky enough to enjoy some significant sauna time during my stay in Korea and Japan. Our hotel in Seoul had a super sauna and hot baths, where I soaked and poached myself quite a bit. I find the process incredibly relaxing and, when done in the evening, it guarantees me a good night's ...

Memories of Japan: Dotonbori, Osaka

We last visited Osaka in the Autumn of 2014 and one of my standout memories of the trip is the nightlife around Dotonbori. This compact neighbourhood is just buzzing and characterised by its brightly lit and fairly eccentric restaurant frontages. Many indicate was the restaurant is famous for, but some are harder to decipher if ...

T

That “Japan” feeling

We watched the first episode of Joanna Lumley's new series on Japan last night and really enjoyed it. She's touring all the way from its very northernmost tip near Russia to its southernmost islands over three episodes. @FrankDJS and I both had several "remember that?" moments as we watched, thinking back to our visits to ...

Better than any medication

  I got to work from Sitges, SpainĀ for a couple of days this week and my overall conclusion from the whole experience is that giving me access to unlimited sunshine is better for me than any meds I've been prescribed by a doctor! Despite it being a work trip, I managed to get some time ...

J

Japan: the return

So. After this year's trip to Japan was only slightly ruined by my chicken pox, I'm feeling a lot better now that a return visit has been booked. Yes. Flights to and from Tokyo have been booked for next October and I am going to do everything in my power to remain healthy and avoid ...

J

Japan: the view from my sick-bed

So I vastly underestimated just how unpleasant chickenpox is for adults. But I appear to be over the worst and am a lot more confident that we'll be able to fly home together on Wednesday morning. I have a letter from my doctor and everything! I feel like I've been in a car crash, with ...

J

Japan: one step closer

Plans for October's trip to Japan are one step closer today: our Japan Rail passes arrived in the post. For me, this spells lots of Shinkansen-related excitement and the prospect of visiting more places while we're there. We're going to split our time between Kyoto and Tokyo for the most part, with side-trips to Hiroshima ...

O

Onsen fun

Yesterday, I spent three hours naked with about 100 Japanese men, lolling about in hot water. No, this isn't the beginning of some tabloid exposee on my private life. I spent the afternoon at an onsen, in Osaka. Actually, it was more like a super-onsen and not in the least traditional. More like a hyper-onsen. ...

O

Osaka observations

Three days into our time in Osaka, and I've noticed the following about life here: Life moves at a much faster pace than in Kyoto. It's a bigger, brasher city and has a real no-sensense feel about it. People are still incredibly friendly - this is Japan, after all - but it's all go, all ...

P

Prepping for Japan…

So in just a few short days, this little hobbit will be making his first visit to the amaze-balls Japan. Tokyo, to be precise. I've wanted to visit since I was about ten years old, so the opportunity to get over there this year couldn't be ignored. When we bought an apartment earlier this year, ...