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Night Illumination in Rikugien Gardens 六義園

I have always liked parks and gardens, and of the many I’ve visited in Tokyo, 六義園 Rikugien Gardens is one of my favorite. The garden is beautifully landscaped, and depending on the season, is painted with the different colors of the flowers in bloom. To me,…

7 April 2016
Attractions Tourist guide

2.5 Days in Kumamoto

After Fukuoka and Nagasaki, the final stop on our Kyushu trip was Kumamoto. Our trip to Kumamoto was one of extremities. We had the most indulgent, luxurious ryokan stay, where we basically just alternated between eating and soaking in onsens; we took 5 baths in less…

3 April 2016
Friday Five Outdoor / Nature

5 Ways to Enjoy Sakura in Tokyo

Sakura season is finally here! The cherry blossoms started blooming in Tokyo on March 21, and expected to peak about a week later. I write about sakura every year, but really, how can I resist? They’re so gorgeous! And the fact that they’re around for…

25 March 2016
Attractions Tourist guide

In and About Nagasaki in 2.5 Days

The second city on our Kyushu trip after Fukuoka was Nagasaki! We spent 2.5 days in Nagasaki, and while it sounds short, we actually visited almost everything we wanted to see, so it worked out quite well. Ready to dive into our Nagasaki adventures? Let’s go! ✥…

16 March 2016
Food

Hidemi Sugino ❍ Exquisite Cakes

Last week, YY was in town, armed with an itinerary built around food. It’s a good way to travel, if you ask me! Especially in Tokyo, where there is always more food you want to eat than you have stomach space left. I almost never visit…

9 March 2016
Accommodation

Where to Stay in Fukuoka: First Cabin

Have you ever flown first class? I haven’t, but I got to have a taste of it recently, at a… hotel. We were trying to decide on where to stay in Fukuoka, and I saw that there was an airline-themed hotel! How could we pass…

8 March 2016
Attractions Tourist guide

24 Hours in Fukuoka

I’ve always wanted to visit Fukuoka (ok fine, I say that for almost every place in Japan) and glad to have finally visited it on our recent Kyushu trip! (yes yes, also something I say that all the time, but it’s true!) As the title…

27 February 2016