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Surprise encounters in Nagoya castle

Being one of the three greatest castles of Japan, it was a matter of time for me to visit Nagoya castle. Himeji and Kumamoto make the greatest three. Even though I knew it is still on stage one of its reconstruction, I couldn’t miss the chance to go, enter the...

How to avoid the crowd at Fushimi Inari

Being the most important Shinto shrines, and famous for its “thousand gates” in Kyoto. Dedicated to Inari, the gods of rice and business. The popular believe amongst visitors is that, as its name implies from the Japanese “senbon torii”, there’s a thousand red gates...

Hidden Treasures of Nara park nigatsudo and sangatsudo

Clouds were rolling over the heads of the dozens of tourists flocking around Todaiji, playing with the deers of Nara Park and taking selfies without noticing there was more people around them. Same clouds were rolling over my mind, changing my mood as I was standing...

The beauty of Toshogu in Nikko

Surrounded by forest and guarded by the large complex of temples, lies the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toshogu is a must do visit north of Tokyo, for all those passionate about history, culture, crafts, and nature. Around the...

Things to do in Kanazawa, my Golden week trip

It’s been a little more than 2 years of my trip to Kanazawa, but I would like to share some tips and my experience of my weekend in Kanazawa for Golden Week. At the time, I wasn’t good enough with japanese reading so my friend Yurina helped me a lot with...

3 day trip to Okinawa

It was my last trip as an expat in Japan. The paradise islands from Okinawa. Just a 3 hour flight from Tokyo, it makes a perfect escape for the local tourists, and for those with time who venture to explore other parts of Japan. A trip we planned for 3 days in the...

Kawagoe’s Candy Alley

Kashiya Yokochō is the Japanese name for a small shopping area in Kawagoe, known in English as Candy Alley. North from the traditional warehouse district streets, a sweets paradise awaits for those venturing to Kawagoe. Traditional Japanese sweets The major...

Breakfast with snakes in Tokyo

The young lively district of Harajuku is the last place one could think of sipping a coffee with the company of snakes. Remember, I’m talking about a district in Tokyo, where any kind of Cafe you could imagine exists. Do not fear, Tokyo Sanke Center is secure and...

Weekend motorbike trip through Central Japan

It finally happened, after all this years riding my Harley Davidson in Europe, and my trips to Japan, I could combine the two aspects of my trips for a weekend ride on the Central Japan roads. An experience that was for long time in my bucket list, and it’s still at...

Dotonbori travel photography gallery

The city of Osaka is known as one of the gastronomy spots of Japan, and most of its restaurants are concentrated in the streets of Dotonbori. Along the Dotonbori river there’s a large number of restaurants, huge billboards and flashy neon lights to get you distracted...

Weekend motorbike trip through Central Japan

It finally happened, after all this years riding my Harley Davidson in Europe, and my trips to Japan, I could combine the two aspects of my trips for a weekend ride on the Central Japan roads. An experience that was for long time in my bucket list, and it’s still at...
Views of Mount Fuji from Fujiyoshida

Views of Mount Fuji from Fujiyoshida

The chances of being able to see Mount Fuji from distance during rainy season in Japan are incredibly low. Still, I beat the odds last June. Always trust your travel instinct. That’s my motto, and it was proved that when choosing randomly a day to make an excursion to...

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Cueva del Viento in Tenerife

A day before the TBMTenerife started officially, I was already on the island ready for adventure. The first activity I participated was the visit to the Cueva del Viento “Wind’s cave”. With that name and a quick net research I was thrilled to go deep into a cave... read more

Views of Mount Fuji from Fujiyoshida

The chances of being able to see Mount Fuji from distance during rainy season in Japan are incredibly low. Still, I beat the odds last June. Always trust your travel instinct. That’s my motto, and it was proved that when choosing randomly a day to make an excursion to... read more

Hype in food: Sounds of Shabu Shabu

Take a thin slice of meat using chopsticks. Dip it into boiling broth inside a hot pot. Stir slowly side to side the chopsticks holding the meat. Hear the voice. How does it sound like? For Japanese that sound is “shabu shabu”. One of the best meals to gather friends... read more

My problem with selfie sticks

Almost every traveler has one, even I, that I’m going to complain about it. Not the selfie stick, but complain about the use people makes of it. If tourists were more conscious about their surroundings, then Japan wouldn’t have banned the use of selfie sticks in... read more

J-World Tokyo theme park

Based on the powerhouse characters from Shonen Jump magazine, the indoor theme park opened in 2013 in the shopping mall Sunshine City, located in Ikebukuro. Focused on kids entertainment and minigames, the park is ideal. For “young” foreign adults, the charm lies in... read more

Ameyoko market streets

One of those market streets mazes one can get lost in and never come back, either in a shopping spree, or really because of getting lost. Located in between Ueno and Okachimachi stations in Taito district, the old market of Ameyoko stands still through time. Story of... read more

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