Best Tokyo Hotels for First Time Visitors from Mid-Range to Boutique and Luxury

2019-01-28T14:24:52+07:00By |

Best Tokyo hotels for first time visitors are lodgings close to train stations in essential Tokyo neighbourhoods to explore like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, and Akasaka. These are our picks of the Tokyo hotels you need to check into, from mid-range to boutique and luxury. The best Tokyo hotels for first time visitors to Japan aren’t [...]

Worlds Best Food Tours and Culinary Walks, All Tried and Tested

2018-11-26T11:13:28+07:00By |

The worlds best food tours and culinary walks have provided us with some of our most unforgettable food memories, from inhaling fresh herbs and fragrant spices at local markets to savouring street food treats at smoky roadside stalls and traditional eateries. We may have set some kind of record for the number of culinary experiences — [...]

Azabu Yukimura in Melbourne — Michelin-Starred Kaiseki Shines in Australia

2019-01-28T12:53:24+07:00By |

Not too many foodies were surprised when the Michelin Guide went to Japan and handed out more three-stars to Japanese restaurants than they do in France. While France’s cuisine has been stagnant the last few years, Japan’s status as a great dining destination has only improved. One of the recipients of the Guide’s highest accolade [...]

Footpath Feasting: a Series of Street Food Stories

2018-05-09T13:28:25+07:00By |

We love street food. Whether it’s yakitori in Tokyo or tacos al pastor in San Miguel de Allende, snacking on street food is an essential part of the travel experience, as is writing about it. But we also enjoy reading about, which is why we've started this series of street food stories. We love eating street [...]

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

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 our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+07:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we [...]

Tokyo Reflections and Travel Tips

2019-01-28T14:27:01+07:00By |

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 Tokyo reflections and travel tips. For the first time this [...]

Time Travelling in the Gritty Alleys of the Golden Gai

2019-01-28T14:27:36+07:00By |

I’m not going to name names, so don’t ask. But a Tokyo-based guide recommended to us emailed me to say he was away on a tour while we were in town. He apologised for not being there to meet us and kindly gave us his number in case we needed help. His one piece of [...]

Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku — A Mouthwatering Walk Down Memory Lane

2019-01-28T14:29:43+07:00By |

Omoide Yokocho or Memory Lane in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is also called Shonben Yokocho or Piss Alley. Home to dozens of smoky yakitori and motsuyaki joints, noodle bars and izakayas, its atmospheric alleyways are popular post-work stops for Japanese salarymen looking for cheap food and drink. Many people think of Japan's capital Tokyo as a high-tech, high-rise [...]

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