Ibaraki Prefecture

Mito & the Kairaku-en Gardens

Today, we will be journeying back up north to the capital of Ibaraki prefecture for a hidden gem that is often overlooked, the City of Mito. Though firmly located off the beaten path, Mito is by no means a…

Aichi Prefecture

In Search of Japan’s Excalibur

When most people start searching for ancient shrines and temples their thoughts immediately turn to Kyoto. I mean, why not? After all, the city is famous for being known around the globe as the “old capital” Nevertheless, those on…

Travel Tips

Eat the F@$#ing Meibutsu

It often seems almost every place in Japan is famous for SOMETHING. Over the years, regional cultural quirks have combined with geographical features to produce a surprisingly wide variety of local specialities. Though many outsiders often mistake Japan as…

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…