Largest Telescope in Japan – Bisei Astronomical Observatory, Okayama

When we ponder places like the Andromeda Galaxy or the stars in constellations, their distance from us is almost impossible to fathom. Even our own moon seems so far away, despite being one of the closest objects to our planet. The universe has fascinated humankind long before history began, and that fascination lives on in […]

Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle – One of the Oldest & Highest Castles in Japan

A fortress in the heavens. A stronghold in the sky. Japan’s Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle is a vision from a distance and a time capsule up close. With roots back to 1240, this one of Japan’s oldest castles. It’s also the highest castle in Japan out of the original twelve that have survived. While not a large […]

Kyoto Restaurants After Dark: The Magical Trip Kyoto Food Tour

Like many aspects of Japanese culinary culture, Kyoto food traditions (and even some Kyoto restaurants) can be traced back hundreds of years. Local tour operator, Magical Trip, connects you with local Kyoto food guides for a tantalizing walk through one of Japan’s most famous dining districts. In this Kyoto Night Foodie Tour review, we’ll cover […]

Sumo in Japan 2020: How to Watch Sumo in Tokyo, Osaka & More

Let’s talk about sumo in Japan. Want to know how to watch sumo in Tokyo or other Japanese cities? You’re in the right place. I’ve been to the Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo’s main sumo stadium) half a dozen times for matches — usually with one or both of my kids. Watching sumo in Tokyo is a […]

Teamlab Tokyo & Beyond – Amazing Tokyo Art Galleries & Art Museums

If you are a fan of creativity, then put these Tokyo art galleries on your Japan travel itinerary. There are hundreds of galleries and museums in Tokyo, and these are a few of the best. Most art galleries in Tokyo are kid-friendly, but everyone can get something out of them. The Tokyo art galleries and […]

JR Kyoto Station Guide: Kyoto Station Hotels, Restaurants & Things to Do

The JR Kyoto Station is a hub for the entire Kyoto area and an essential stop for anyone using a JR Rail Pass. The station itself is a little overwhelming, but there’s good news. There are loads of Kyoto Station hotels to choose from and the building itself is one of the most interesting in […]

The Kyoto International Manga Museum – Tips for Visiting the Kyoto Manga Museum

Any fan of Japanese manga will enjoy a visit to the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Built into an old elementary school downtown, the Kyoto Manga Museum is one of the best places to learn about the history of manga in Japan.  The Kyoto International Manga Museum Opening in 2006, the Kyoto International Museum serves as […]

Where to Travel in 2020 – Our Guide to Best Places to Travel in 2020

New decade, new travel plans! Where will you travel in 2020 and beyond? After spending six years on the road, here are a few destinations we recommend to one and all. Where to Travel in 2020? What are your 2020 travel plans? If you’re still wondering where to go this year, then we have a […]

Our Epic 2019 Year in Review

Another year, another lesson in epic education. Our 2019 was full of adventure, learning opportunities, and big changes. We saw a lot, learned a lot and made a big move. This 2019 year in review gives you the highlights. The Epic Education 2019 Year in Review Wow! What a year for the Yoshikawa-Jenkins clan. We […]

Christmas in Japan – How to Enjoy Christmas Traditions in Japan

Christmas in Japan: it’s an interesting time to visit, but Christmas traditions in Japan are probably different than you’re accustomed to. While not a national holiday, you’ll see lots of holiday-related activities in major cities. For example, there are Christmas markets in Tokyo and amazing Christmas lights in Kobe and other Japanese cities. That said, […]