Saitama Prefecture

The Castle at Kita-in

How in the nine hells did a piece of what was once a massive fortress in central Tokyo make its way to neighboring Saitama Prefecture? Let’s unravel this mystery by starting with a brief historical overview. Today we will…

Kanagawa Prefecture

The Boozy Backstreets of Noge

Today we’ll be exploring of one of Yokohama’s best kept secrets and one that many Tokyoites are oblivious to. Noge is a hidden gem sandwiched between the bustling business and entertainment district of Minato Mirai (a popular date spot)…

Kanagawa Prefecture

The Kanamara Penis Festival

MAJOR DISCLAIMER!!! This post is obviously not safe to read at the office or near your grandmother. I take no responsibility for any of the consequences that might stem from the consumption of the following text. That said, if…

Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Ramen Street

When I tell people that some of the BEST ramen I’ve ever had was actually in the bowels of a monolithic train station, they tend to give a inquisitive look at best. Who can blame them? They must think…

Tochigi Prefecture

The Other Shogun in Nikko

In the spring of 2017 the city of Nikko finally finished refurbishing the Toshogu Shrine where the legendary founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is enshrined. The refurbished Yomeimon Gate, which is registered as a national treasure, is…

Tokyo Prefecture

The Black Waters of Azabu

Ever since hitting up Kusatsu Onsen, I’ve been on a real hot spring kick.  I  have been visiting as many onsen as time allows. As such you can imagine my delight when I found that Azabu Juban, an area…

Travel Tips

A Neophyte’s Guide to Hanami

Hanami (lit. “flower viewing”) is the traditional annual Japanese custom of enjoying the transience of the country’s legendary cherry blossoms or sakura as the locals call them. Every year, beginning in the latter half of March, Japan’s sakura emerge…

Gunma Prefecture

Kusatsu Onsen Area Guide

Nestled 1,200 meters above sea level in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, the onsen town of Kusatsu is a hidden gem that goes unnoticed by many visitors to Japan. Considered to be one of Japan’s most famous hot springs,…

Tokyo Prefecture

Atago’s Hidden Gem

Today we are going to take a look at one of my favorite little hidden gems in Tokyo, Atago Shrine. There’s really not that much to see at this centrally located shrine so it will be a relatively short…