Hectic Tokyo

From local and ambient places we finally arrived in Tokyo. A neon-light filled city that is matched by no other. Where we first had the pleasure of meeting friendly Japanese locals we now came to a place which was a lot less personal. Nonetheless this hectic place cannot be ignored and a city lover like…

The Japanese Alps

Kamikochi Our trip to the Japanese Alps started in Matsumoto. Although Matsumoto itself isn’t a city you must see, the Matsumoto castle is an impressive sight. After visiting the castle in the morning we took the train and bus to Kamikochi Natural Park. A park in the center of the Japanese Alps, because of its…

Walk the Nakasendo trail

The Nakasendo trail is the old postal route between Kyoto and Tokyo. The part in the Kiso Valley between Magome and Tsumago has been preserved. This 7.8 kilometer hike has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my visit to Japan. The best place to start is Magome, since you’ll be mostly walking downhill…

3 Days in Kyoto

We started our trip in the old capital of Japan, Kyoto. When visiting Japan this is a place you must not skip; the ambience, the culture and the amazing sights makes Kyoto a #1 place on any itinerary. DAY #1 We started in South Higashiyama. The streets around the Kiyomizu-dera temple are absolutely mesmerizing. On…

Shopping in Tokyo

My last but not least stop in Japan was Tokyo. What to do in 5 days in this overwhelming, neon-light, modern city? Akihabara Also known as electric town where electronic fanatics like I could spend days browsing through the many 8 floor high stores. My personal favorite and biggest store is Yodobashi; if it’s pluggable,…

The Shinkansen to Hiroshima

Everyone knows Hiroshima because of the first atomic bomb that was dropped here in 1945. Therefore the Peace Park is the main tourist attraction, with the Peace Memorial Museum and the A-Bomb Dome that is the only building that survived the blast. Take it all in and after 2 hours you’ve completely strolled through the…

Back in time in Kyoto

Kyoto exceeded all my expectations; walking through the older districts it feels like I’m back in the Shogun era. The lovely temples, the Japanese girls in yukata and the small streets give it all an authentic feel. Throughout the whole city you’ll find many temples with perfectly maintained gardens. All these temples will set you…

Finally made it to Japan

After all these years I finally made it to Japan! I just couldn’t do all these Asian countries and just skip my all-time-favorite. And so far, Japan isn’t that expensive as everyone says it is. You have a decent hotel room for €40 a night and food wise you can make it as cheap or…