Biking patchwork & panorama roads in Biei, Hokkaido: the Provence of Japan!

The black cloud seems to move faster than me, while I puff and sigh trying to get uphill along the patchwork road in Biei on my rental bike. The sound of thunder is getting closer Keep traveling!

Japan food series – Sushi

As we have demonstrated it by now in our Japan food series, it is not all about sushi’s! But a trip to Japan without trying a sushiya would be incomplete! Keep reading

Japan food series – Kaiseki

A true dining experience (comparable with Michelin-star restaurants), haute cuisine and the crème de la crème of Japanese food, serving, atmosphere and presentation: kaiseki is a must for Keep reading

How to travel through Japan in a cost-effective and highly efficient way

Hurrying past the ticket gate with our bulky backpacks and waving our JR passes to the Japan Railway staff, we enter the platform at the futuristic Kyoto station to catch our first train of Keep reading

Japan food series – Tempura

Tsunahachi in Shinjuku, Tokyo has been serving one of the finest tempura in the capital for almost a century. We had to try it! Keep reading

Japanese religions: Temple or Shrine?

Even if you have read our shrine for dummies article which give a basic understanding of these places of worship with their do’s and dont’s, you can still be a bit puzzled Keep reading

Capsule hotels, or morgue-drawer accommodation! 

While preparing our six-week trip to Japan, I remember that day I hoped would never occur Keep reading

Japan food series – Tonkatsu

It is dark outside when we arrive in front of the sliding doors of a tiny restaurant in the centre of Takayama. Keep reading

The Buddhist sacred flower: lotus

Lotuses literally rise from the filthy mud to become beautiful flowers. For Buddhists, this is a sacred symbol reminding them to reach for the highest Keep traveling!

Wild salmons of Hokkaido

The sea of Okhotsk… Just the sound of it makes me shiver. Only a curtain of fog separates the Russian Kuril Islands from Japan along the narrow straight. Getting out of the car Keep reading