The Ultimate Guide to a First Time Japan Trip!

Introduction Japan is a truly incredible place, but between the long flight, language barrier, and eastern culture, it can seem a bit daunting for Americans who might want to travel there. Here is a guide to help make that just a bit easier! Itinerary Planning Most first trips to Japan center on Tokyo, the modern…

Three Reasons Kyoto is Overrated

Going into this trip, Kyoto was the place I was most looking forward to seeing. After all, for a history and culture buff like me, this was supposed to be the Japanese version of nirvana. It was not. Don't get me wrong; there are some incredible sights in Kyoto, and those are worth seeing. However,…

4 of the Best Day Trips from Tokyo

Tokyo is an amazing city, and worth spending time. From exploring its varied neighborhoods, eating its incredible food, to even learning to be a samurai, the experiences you can have there are diverse.  However, Tokyo also makes a perfect home base for seeing other places in the region, and the marvelous Japan Rail system (more…