Visiting Tokyo’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery

On a recent trip to Tokyo I had the chance to visit the newly opened (Feb. 2019) Starbucks Reserve Roastery.  With its sleek modern design and a four-floor coffee (and tea) wonderland, this is a must-visit for coffee lovers and even non-coffee lovers alike.

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A Visit to Kanazawa’s Omicho Market

The city of Kanazawa is probably not on everyone’s Japan itinerary list.  Most people just use the city as a transportation hub heading to Takayama or Shirakawa-go.  Some include is as a day trip to visit Japan’s third most beautiful garden Kenrokouen.  If you spend more than a day here, you’ll realize the town is…

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Photo Pop-up: Jizo Statues of Nikko

The Jizo Statues of the Kanmangafuchi Abyss in Nikko. Such amazing nature too.

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Explore Tokyo: Shibuya Guide

The Shibuya area in Tokyo is a popular district for shopping, entertainment and nightlife. It’s located between the equally popular Shinjuku and Harajuku areas and a good central point to stay if you visit Tokyo. Here’s my recommendations on what to do in Shibuya, Tokyo.

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A visit to Kenrokouen Garden in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is located in central Honshu in Japan’s Isikawa prefecture.  With its unique location between mountains and sea, it provided a stronghold for the Maeda feuadal lords and the town developed its own cultural identity.  Kanazawa focussed more on culture than industry and it was spared from the World War II bombings.  There were many…

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Explore Tokyo: Harajuku and Omotesando Shopping Areas

Harajuku is colourful and crazy.  It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.  Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street.  I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando…

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Exploring Tokyo: Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo was built as a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and his wife, Empress Shoken.  I found this shinto shrine situated next to Harajuku station, a busy shopping area, with its 100000 trees and huge torii gates, oozing with tranquility.  This was just what…

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Exploring Tokyo: Asakusa Guide

Tokyo is a big city with many layers to it.  It’s impossible to try to reveal all the layers during a five-day stay, but I certainly tried my best.  Asakusa falls under Eastern Tokyo in the Taito ward and it is separated from the more industrial Oshiage area, where you find the Tokyo Skytree, by…

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