Things to do in Kyoto: Ohara 大原

Ohara 大原 is a rural town in the mountains of northern Kyoto, about 20 km or one hour from Kyoto Station. Ohara is best known for Sanzen-in Temple and is one of the most popular places to visit in mid November -...

Things to do in Tokyo: Omotesando 表参道, Harajuku 原宿

My love affair with Omotesando 表参道 started  5 years ago when I first visited Tokyo from Osaka for a 4 day long vacation. Since then I made it a point to go there even for a couple of hours, whenever I was in To...
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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo マンダリン オリエンタル 東京

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo マンダリン オリエンタル 東京 is definitely one of the best hotels, I’ve had ever stayed in. This hotel occupies the top nine floors of the 38-story Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower - and overlooks Tokyo’s spe...

Things to do in Kyoto: 舞妓 Maiko Transformation

I love Kyoto and I love the world of geishas and maikos. Maiko 舞妓 and geiko/geisha 芸子/芸者 are female performing artists working in Gion area whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classica...

Must do in Japan: Visit a 相撲 Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Last year I had a chance to see a live sumo wrestling tournament. It was one of the things I had really wanted to do in Japan. It is strange that many Japanese people haven’t seen live sumo ever in their life. ...