7 Handy Tips For Backpacking Through Japan

1. Isn’t Japan really expensive? This is by and large the main thing people ask me when I talk to them about my travels through Japan. Of course, if you’re comparing Japan to South East Asian countries you are going to find it a little pricier but you can definitely explore the Country on a…

Panty Sniffers of Akihabara (& other Tokyo highlights)

PSA – Panty Sniffers of Akihabara You’ve heard about Japanese blokes who buy used Women’s pants and sniff them right? Well Akihabara is where that kind of thing goes on (not representative of the whole of Japan I promise!) I know what to do with my undies next time I’m running low on $$ on the…

A Gaijin’s Photo Diary – 48 Hours in Osaka

I loved Osaka. It was kind of like Tokyo’s sassy punky little sister – where Tokyo can be glamorous and reserved, Osaka was brash and loud – it had character. Like the Italian South in contrast to its Northern counterparts; It’s also a foodies’ paradise, dubbed “the nation’s kitchen” with a number of dishes unique to…

Peace, Love & Hiroshima

The few people I spoke to who had travelled to Hiroshima during their time in Japan had told me that it wasn’t worth the journey and there was very little to see – I decided to be the judge of that myself so I left Kyoto and boarded the Shinkansen south to Hiroshima. There’s a…

Memoirs of a Geisha chaser in Gion…

If you’re headed to Kyoto, no doubt Gion is one of the top places on your to-do list, as Japan’s largest, and one of the only remaining – Geisha districts. This place can turn you into a bit of a Cosmopolitan David Attenborough as you prowl around the streets in a predatory manner, peering down the…

Temple Hopping in Kyoto

There are over 1600 temples and shrines in Kyoto – this place is like porn for Spiritualists and Culture Vultures. With so much choice, there is no way that you can do it all so it’s a good idea to take a look at which you may be interested in before you arrive so you…