Japan

  • Monthly Round-Up: July Travel Diary

    Time is a funny thing. One day you’re sitting at work, staring out the window and thinking about how you wish you could just leave now, instead of waiting for another year to pass before you take the trip of a lifetime. Then suddenly you’re sipping coffee at a café in Seoul and wondering how the […]

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan Pt. 3

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world.

    Check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed it.

    We’ve officially landed in (sailed to?) the second destination of our RTW trip: South Korea, which we’ll be exploring until the end of August. Seeing as we’ve only had […]

  • Gion Matsuri: Festival Season in Japan

    Japan is a country with something for every season: the pink sakura of spring, the changing leaves of autumn, and the chilly snowfall of winter. And in summer, there are festivals.

    When I say “festival”, I’m referring less to the Coachella variety and more to the type with fireworks and street food, of which there are […]

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan Pt. 2

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world.

    We just arrived in Hiroshima a few hours ago and decided to post up in a nearby Starbucks for the day to get some work done. I’m currently sipping on an absurdly priced Tea Cream Frappuccino and watching the guy […]

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan Pt. 1

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world. Check out previous editions here.Greetings from Kyoto!

    It’s almost been three weeks since we left the US. When we first started getting serious about this trip, I knew I wanted to blog about it, and I knew what kind of […]

  • Mt. Takao: Hikes, Temples, and a Whole Lot of Beer

    Just an hour train ride from Tokyo lies a not-so-secret escape: Mount Takao, the most visited mountain on Earth, and a welcome hiatus from the hectic pace of city life.

    The mountain sits exactly 599 meters above sea level, or nearly 2,000 ft. The summit is accessible from six different trails of varying difficulties, and all start […]

  • Edo-Tokyo Museum: Japan Through the Ages

    In no place are you more likely to hear the travel cliché of “old meets new” than in Tokyo, a city where timeworn shrines neighbor shopping complexes on every street. But how did a place like this come to exist? Joel and I recently took a trip to the Edo-Tokyo Museum to investigate.
    You Mean That […]

  • Fish for Breakfast: Eating at Sushi Dai in Tsukiji Market

    Even at 3 am, Tsukiji Market is electric. Turret trucks zip in and out of alleys like Mario Kart racers. Workers shuffle between shops, preparing for the day ahead. It’s the kind of place that engages all the senses in one fell swoop: the smell of freshly sliced tuna, the sound of scooters whizzing by, […]

  • Touchdown in Tokyo

    おはよう from Tokyo!

    We’ve officially arrived in Japan: jet-lagged, sweaty, and already in love. So far the weather hasn’t been as bad as I expected—I was picturing soul-crushing humidity, and have instead been pleasantly surprised with a mildly choking summer heat.

    Our flight landed safely at 3 pm on Wednesday. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you […]