Why people don't talk more about Naritasan is beyond me. I'm pretty sure its grounds have seen less regular tourists than people who were just killing time because they had a long layover before their connecting flight at the nearby Narita airport. It is, after all, very easy to reach, and an ideal getaway for… Continue reading Last day!
Mom has a weird obsession with the sea. Every day when she asked about the program for the day and when I told her where we'd go, she asked if it was close to the sea. This time, it was, but it was her idea. After Kurashiki, we went back to Tokyo and left our… Continue reading The sea! …again
If you ever have to choose between Kanazawa and Kurashiki... choose Kurashiki. The historical merchant district, if you don't stay around the canal but go behind it in the small streets, is gorgeous and well worth the trip. It was raining and I really regretted leaving my scarf at the hotel but even with that,… Continue reading Yay rain! Yay cold!
So, I chose to come here in the spring to avoid the humidity of summer... and it turns out it's been so humid (and rather hot) all weekend it made me all grumpy. After Florida I never wanted to live through this again. I finally bought some soap scented wipes so I can at least… Continue reading
Welp, I'm kinda late here! I'm writing this on the 10th but setting the date to the 8th. Over the past few days, we went to Kanazawa, Okayama and Imbe. Kanazawa has been on my to-do list for years; worth it? Yes and no. The garden is probably gorgeous in summer or during cherry blossom… Continue reading How to ensure your pics will suck: no sun
The plan for Tuesday was to visit Yokohama, but after Skytree we wanted some "nature", so I looked up Enoshima, and off we went. Enoshima is a very popular tourist spot among Japanese people, but doesn't see much foreigners as they visit the nearby Kamakura instead. In summer, it's probably hell, given how many people… Continue reading To the sea!
I went to the Lindt store because nothing says "gift from Japan" like Swiss chocolate for Swiss people, and I went to the airport too early to pick up my mom and there were so many people I had to wait 1h30 before she made it through immigration... my feet were dead and people kept… Continue reading
I forgot it's the last week of spring break here, it explains why the trains are so full when they shouldn't be... and it's a pain. How do you even time a trip in the spring if you want to avoid Japanese school holidays, Easter holidays for all the tourists, AND Golden Week (annual Japanese… Continue reading Please excuse my fangirling
Day 0 and 1 and the lament of the Spices of Death
March 27th, 2017, will mark the 9th time I land in Japan, and 10 years since the first time I traveled there...