Food in Japan

Japanese food is nothing like what we get in European Japanese restaurants! First of all there is much more than just sushi, and even the sushi is different (Sushi-making). Their cuisine of course mainly includes rice and proteins: fish, meat and eggs. The diversity of the country is reflected also in its food, So here is…

Kamakura

I hadn’t heard much about Kamakura, other than about the large Buddha that rests here, and I was pleasantly surprised. The city is actually extremely important in Japanese history as here is where the Shogunate and the Regency seat was located from 1192, when the first shogun established himself,  to 1333: the Kamakura Period. The…

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

If you go to Kyoto you’ll definitely want to visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s a picture worthy spot and it’s also an extremely beautiful experience. It’s hard to describe losing yourself while you walk through the forest. It’s kind of like finding yourself in a scene from a Miyazaki movie, where you’ll never know what…

Temple Hopping in Kyoto

As always I have to talk about Kyoto from my personal experience. Unfortunately I only had a day in Kyoto, which meant we had to cram all the visits into this day, and temples/shrines all close at sunset. Anyway I did get the chance to have a feel about the city and its strong historical background. The…

Kyoto – Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri festival is the biggest annual celebration in Kyoto, which takes place for a couple of days. I have to admit I had no idea what was happening when I found myself there. We accidentally booked our weekend in Kyoto exactly in the days of the Gion Matsuri Festival! It was nice since…

Nara

Nara is probably one of the most peculiar places I’ve ever seen. 660 acres of park that are home to more than 1000 dear. Yes dears walk freely surrounded by people, who feed them costantly to get a picture with them! Nara has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, given the numerous temples and beautiful park…

Asakusa

Asakusa was one of the first places I visited when I got to Tokyo, as it is where the Asakusa Senso-ji Buddhist Temple is located. It is one of the “oldest” districts in Tokyo, considering that the city was destroyed with the bombings in World War II. It is located in the north-east of Tokyo, not much…

Tokyo Bay

Odaiba Odaiba is a man-made island in the middle of Tokyo bay. Originally a fort island meant to protect Tokyo, it was redeveloped into a modern residential and business district. It is now a very attractive touristic attraction, with all of its shopping malls (such as Decks Tokyo Beach, Aquacity Odaiba, and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)…

Shibuya

When thinking about how to describe this area I had no idea where to start from! Shibuya is one of the most well-known areas of Tokyo, as it’s extremely fashionable and young. The first time I visited the area was to visit the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, the shrine is surrounded by a massive forest,…

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is a city inside the city! It developed originally as an area close to the capital, Edo, slowly engulfing the surrounding areas that included red light districts (you can distinguish them from the red neon light at the beginning of the street). It grew especially after the 1923 earthquake that devastated the city, as…

Roppongi

Roppongi is another extremely modern area of Tokyo, dedicated to arts, shopping, communication and nightlife. This was due to the settling in of many foreigners, which transformed the area into a western-style entertainment spot.  In the southern part of this quarter is located one of Tokyo’s landmarks: the Tokyo Tower. Opened in 1958 as a…

Ginza

  To describe Ginza I’d compare it to the Fifth Avenue in New York! If you walk down the central street (chuo-dori) you’ll probably understand what I mean; you will find the most notorious Japanese and international stores, in modern and colorful buildings entirely owned by brands. A very famous building here is the Shiseido…