Visiting a Cat Cafe in Tokyo

Following a day of cycling and exploring Tokyo we decided to hunt down a Cat Café near our accommodation in the neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa( try saying that really fast!). While finding well known tourist landmarks and train stations is relatively easy in Tokyo, on the flip side locating a specific address we found required more of an effort, and a pinch of patience too. I always say, keep your travels in Tokyo loosely ...

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Foodies things to do in Tokyo!

We were prepared for some serious stomach stretching in Tokyo. Having watched Adam Liaw’s Destination Flavour series (awesome show), I was bursting with excitement. And as our holiday unfolded we discovered there was more than dining out as such, we discovered a couple of  interesting micro experiences, which I think our wallets thanked us for. Foodie, avid cook, or thrifty buyer, there is some excellent food related shopping opportunities in Tokyo and the best ...

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Tokyo is a must see destination!

Jumping into a 5 night stay in Tokyo following a ski trip in the mountains, our Japan trip was full on to say the least! An explosion of new experiences and culinary sensations. Oh and an overload of cuteness, especially in Tokyo. Our eyes were wide open the entire time and the following phrases became common place between Derek and I, ‘did you see that?’, ‘Yah I saw that’. ‘Incredible’. ...

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A-Z Guidebook – Cherry Blossoms

There is much anticipation in Japan just before the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) Festival. Japanese and international travellers take part in Hanami, an annual tradition of viewing the blooming of the cherry blossom flowers. While we were in Nozawa Onsen, the sushi master of one of the local restaurants eagerly gave us a run down of the forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency one evening. The weather is an important tracker! ...

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Food diary in Nozawa Onsen

Aside from mountain snow sports and soaking in the natural hot springs, Nozawa Onsen has a wonderful understated food scene that remains for the most part untouched by the western world and strongly connected to local traditions. It’s a welcome change from the ever growing presence of fast food we experienced in Tokyo city.  In the centre of the village is a hot spring reserved solely for the locals, for boiling ...

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Holiday Tips Tokyo

Travelling in Tokyo is exciting, overwhelming and a continual mesmerizing surprise and here are a few of my travel tips to this wonderful city. Planning Pinterest is a great way to create a visual scrapbook of holiday tips and ideas. I created a pinterest board for the trip, view it here. Buy a map. You will be wonderfully lost at times. Buy a phrase book or jot down some phrases that will help. I used ...

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Beginner Skiing at Nozawa Onsen Resort

Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited Japanese knowledge relying on a small pocketbook dictionary. Skiing was by far the most memorable ...

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Coffee Diary Nozawa Onsen, Japan

I enjoy my morning espresso and admittedly it is my one daily ritual or rather I could say a mild addiction, take it away and strange things may occur!  On our ski holiday at a traditional Japanese mountain village I found some great places around town and although coffee is a global product a cup of coffee certainly differs around the world. Yu Bakery This bakery was just adorable, run by a hardworking husband ...

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