Things to do on on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ishigaki Island Okinawa

Kanpai! (cheers in Japanese) we all shouted in unison as our 3rd Awamori (Okinawan Sake) went down in one shot. It was only 09:00 and I was starting to feel that familiar tipsy buzz after having 3 shots of straight alcohol. We had a full day of exploring Ishigaki Island ahead of us and I […]

5 reasons to visit Taketomi Island, Japan

Taketomi Island, Japan

We recently spent a wonderful week on the Yaeyama Islands in Japan. Out of the 3 islands we visited (Iriomote, Taketomi, Ishigaki) Taketomi Island is the smallest but had the most charm. In the last census of 2012 there were 323 people living on Taketomi Island. Needless to say that this is an island where […]

The Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa: Japan’s Tropical Paradise

Yaeyama Islands

The Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa: Japan’s Tropical Paradise When you hear the word Japan the first things that generally come to mind are neon lit skyscrapers, geishas and sushi. After spending a month there in 2010 we knew there was a lot more to discover in this wonderful country. From stunning countryside to a rich cultural […]

Video: A day touring Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan

Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan We recently visited the wonderful Japanese island of Ishigaki. While we were there we visited the beaches, tried the delicious local cuisine, drank sake at 09:30 in the morning, wore ancient costumes, listened to traditional music and created our own local cloth. Check out our video below to see us in […]

Things to do in Nara, Japan

Things to do in Nara

I must admit, I had never heard of Nara before arriving in Japan. Tokyo and Kyoto yes, Nara no. Sometimes just turning up in a place without having any knowledge about it really helps with expectations as you have no preconceptions. Nara turned out to be an amazing city. We only had one day there […]

What to do in Osaka

What to do in Osaka

The Japanese saying of “kuidaore” is used to describe Osaka, which translates to something like, ‘falling down from eating’. Osakis love their food and they love to party. In fact it is said the people of Osaka spend more on food than anything else. The amount of restaurant and bar lined streets you can find […]

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan

Things to do in Kyoto

    Authentic Travel There are some cities around the world that you have to see at least once in your life. Paris, London, Rome, Istanbul and New York instantly come to mind. Kyoto is one of those cities. With over 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, 1600 Buddhist temples and countless Shinto shrines, Kyoto is […]

The Friday Photo Project | Nara Park, Japan

Nara Park, Japan

Local Travel I must admit that we had never heard of Nara before we got to Japan. After speaking to a few fellow backpackers it soon was added to our itinerary. That’s the beauty of having no set plans, you can add places to visit on a whim. Nara was the second place where we […]

The Friday Photo Project | Osaka Travel

Osaka Travel

Authentic Travel There’s a Japanese saying they use to describe Osaka which translates to something like, ‘falling down from eating’. Osakites love their food  and they love to party. The amount of restaurant and bar lined streets you can find in this city is testament to it. In our hostel we met a couple of […]