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Destination: Tokyo

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When it’s Okay to Blow Your Travel Budget

When it’s Okay to Blow Your Travel Budget

Writing our Gold Coast on a Budget post got me thinking about when it’s okay to blow your travel budget. While you might be intent to stretch your funds to stay on the road for as long as possible, sometimes that splurge can result in one of...
Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

Our two-week stay in Japan’s capital was so different to other destinations we’ve stayed so far on our Grand Tour and there were so many lessons we learned for slow travellers and fans of local travel that we thought the experience  warranted a post just on our...
A Trip down Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) in Shinjuku

A Trip down Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) in Shinjuku

Many people think of Tokyo as a high-tech, high-rise city and while that is true to a certain extent, it’s not the complete picture. Tokyo boasts charming, low-rise, traditional neighbourhoods such as Yanaka and Asakusa (which we wrote about here), but more surprisingly there are atmospheric old quarters...
Aloha Yanaka: Vintage Tokyo

Aloha Yanaka: Vintage Tokyo

Strolling the leafy lanes of the atmospheric quarter of Yanaka is like stepping back in time. Dotted with historic temples and traditional low-rise wooden houses, this laidback area is one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods, dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867). It’s also one of...
Cat Cafes and Other Tokyo Eccentricities

Cat Cafes and Other Tokyo Eccentricities

It’s no secret that the Japanese love the kawaii or cute character Hello Kitty, but also wildly successful has been a more tangible rendering of cats — the cat café. While pet ownership is up in Japan apparently — pet shops are everywhere and small breeds...
Sake 101 — Tokyo Sake Tasting

Sake 101 — Tokyo Sake Tasting

We’ve always loved sake – since we used to hit the karaoke bars with friends in Sydney’s Kings Cross years ago. We wouldn’t think of eating Japanese food with anything but sake*, but, unlike wine, we knew very little about sake until recently. Being in...