Only for Seafood Lovers – Kanazawa Eats

My meals in Kanazawa deserve to be dedicated a separate post because they are just that good. While you definitely must not miss trying this wonderful korokke (Japanese croquette) in the Higashi Chaya District in Kanazawa, Kanazawa, due to its proximity to the sea, is actually known for its incredibly fresh seafood, so basically it […]

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Tasting Sake at Nadagiku Sake Brewery, Himeji

When you think of sake brewers an image of a middle-aged Japanese man would probably cross your head, but have you ever heard of a female sake brewer? The toji (head brewer) of Nadagiku Sake Brewery (灘菊酒造) in Himeji, Misa Kawaishi, is one of the few female sake brewers in the country. They have also merged […]

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Hiking in Okutama – A Green Oasis in Tokyo

Who says there isn’t any nature to be found in Tokyo? Just 2-3 hours drive away from Tokyo, lies a rough diamond called Okutama. This is a place for nature lovers, for hikers, for adventure seekers. It isn’t easy to get here by car, one has to be skilled in navigating the rough terrains of […]

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Exploring Kyoto and Arashimaya in Summer

Visiting Kyoto brought back fond memories for me. Back in my university days, I had stayed in Osaka for summer exchange, and during my six weeks there, there was a student trip organised to Kyoto where we met Kyoto University students and learned more about the beautiful city steeped in history and traditions. There were […]

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Taking Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway and Making Onsen Eggs

After one day of soaking in onsen and feeling utterly refreshed from our ryokan stay, we were able to use our restored energy to explore the rest of this pretty little town. I noticed a ropeway at the end of the town and we made our way there, taking in the beautiful and serene sights […]

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Ryokan Stay and Hot Spring Soak in Kinosaki Onsen Town

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is a quaint little onsen town lined with traditional houses. The weepings willows swaying gently by the basalt river banks and stone bridges are reminiscent of feudal Japan. It is perhaps one of the few places whereby you can see people pattering about in yukatas as they hop from one onsen to […]

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Discovering Himeji – Himeji Castle and Sara Soba

By the time we finished exploring Mt. Shosha, we didn’t have much time to see Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō) before it closed so we just made a hasty visit to take pictures of the spectacular castle grounds, for after all, it is said to be the most beautiful castle in Japan. Its pure white appearance […]

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