Photos from Snow day in Shirakawa Go, Japan

While we were exploring shrines, looking for torii gates and eating all the sushi in Japan last December, I was secretly counting down to a day in the Japanese Alps.  We normally don’t enjoy cold weather, (we are from Texas after all) or go on group tours, this was one tour Read More …

Kanamean Nishitomiya : Best Luxury Ryokan in Kyoto

After a few days in Tokyo, we were ready to see the traditional and quieter side of Japan.  We flew from Haneda airport to Itami, Osaka instead of taking the Shinkansen bullet train so that we can take a quick look at Mt Fuji from the top.  We hired a Read More …

Four Seasons Kyoto : Where it is easy to find your Zen

Zen in Kyoto is not easy to find – yes there are more temples and shrines than convenience stores but most Zen gardens are flooded with selfie stick toting travelers trying to check another temple of their list.  Kyoto is known to be the city where Japanese culture was born Read More …

10 Best Places to see Mt Fuji

Rising 3776 meters above sea level, Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and its most iconic landmark. On our recent trip to Japan, seeing this mountain a little closer topped our list and we researched the best places to see Mt Fuji from. Images of this nearly perfect, solitary volcano have Read More …

Two Week Itinerary for Japan in Winter: Torii gates, Temples, Ninja Lessons, Playing in the Snow

Visiting Japan – the Land of the rising sun, red-lacquered bridges, orange Torii gates and the sacred Mt Fuji has been on our wishlist for a while now.  We finally got to visit during Japan in Winter. Given that our school breaks never coincide with the time when the beautiful Read More …