While your Guide was staying in Osaka, I went up to Kyoto for a long-weekend of exploring the temples amongst the eastern hills of the city. The Nohga Hotel Kiyomizu was an ideal base for… Read More »Review: the Nohga Hotel Kiyomizu in Kyoto
Finding a base to adventure from in Tokyo can always feel like you’re making big trade-offs on accessibility, cost, and the things you want to see and eat. But on my most recent trip, your… Read More »Where to stay in Tokyo? Here’s the Goldilocks neighborhood…
As somebody who only has three bags, your Guide is intrigued by the possibility of not needing to carry clothes. What to bring, what to leave, how to fit it all in that carry-on? What… Read More »Do you trust an airline to supply your wardrobe to Japan?
In the interest of learning, your Guide recently took two train trips in JR Green Cars, assuming they might be better for getting work done while zipping across the Japanese countryside. Is the Green Car… Read More »Is the JR Green Car worth it on the Shinkansen or Thunderbird?
Japan is this Guide’s favorite country to travel around. There is so much to experience and eat and it’s so well connected. If you’re familiar with Japan, it can be very affordable, especially right now.… Read More »Hotel deals in Japan? There’s one site I’ve had better luck on…
If you’re visiting Japan, you’re probably going to visit a lot of temples, and not only might you be surprised to learn there are different sects of Buddhism, but even within Zen, there are distinct… Read More »What’s the difference between Soto Zen and Rinzai Zen?