Things to Do in Nara – Nara Temples, Nara Tours on a Day Trip to Nara

Temples, tradition, and…deer. Many people take a day trip to Nara only to discover that there are too many things to do in Nara in 24 hours. Just a short train ride from Kyoto or Osaka, Nara temples are some of the best in the country. If you’re interested in traditional Japan, then a day […]

Where to Stay in Nara – Ryokan, Guesthouses & Best Hotels in Nara Japan

If you’re looking for where to stay in Nara, then this list of recommended ryokan, guesthouses and best hotels in Nara Japan should come in handy. Read on to discover Nara hotels, hostels and other accommodation options in one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. Where to Stay in Nara Japan For many travelers, the city […]

Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Odaiba Japan Travel

There are so many things to do in Odaiba with kids. If you’re planning some Tokyo family travel, then plan on spending an entire day in Odaiba Japan. Maybe even two days depending on your interests. Downtown Tokyo is an amazing place to explore, but eventually, you may want some sea air and open space. The […]

Onsens in Tokyo – Bathing in Tokyo Hot Springs with Kids

No visit to Japan would be complete without going to the onsens in Tokyo and elsewhere in the country. A visit to hot springs in Tokyo is a great window into Japanese culture for kids…and for yourself. In my Japan Times column, we’ve covered Osaka onsens and onsens near Tokyo. In this week’s piece, I […]

Fun Things to do in Asakusa with Kids – Tokyo Travel Blog

For most people traveling in Japan, at least one day is spent visiting Sensoji Temple and looking for fun things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo. Same goes for those of us who live here. The Sensoji Temple has seared its impression on locals and tourists alike, and it’s imposing Kaminarimon Gate serves as one of […]

Skiing in Japan with Kids: Best Ski Resorts in Japan for Families

If you love snow, then you’ll love snowboarding and skiing in Japan with kids. Half the country has amazing slopes, and the Japan ski season can last until April. Below I list up some of the best places to ski in Japan and the best Japan ski resorts to visit with a family. From cozy […]

Japan in Winter – 13 Things to Do, See & Eat During Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan. Like every season in this amazing country, Japanese winter has its own specific sights, smells, and sounds. Here’s what to see, do and when visiting Japan in winter. What to Do, See, and Eat During Winter in Japan I’ll be honest: winter is not our family’s favorite season. Indeed, after leaving our […]

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. Do they celebrate Christmas in Japan? Well, yes and no. While not a national holiday, you’ll see lots of Christmas decorations in Tokyo, in Osaka and in other Japanese cities. That said, the food […]

The Best Hiking in Japan — Hiking Near Tokyo, Kyoto & Beyond

Hiking in Japan offers loads of options, but hiking near Tokyo is easier than you may think. No matter the season, there are loads of options for hiking near Tokyo, and in my column for the Japan Times this month, I mention a few of my favorites. All of these Tokyo hiking opportunities are possible […]

Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids or Without — Tokyo Travel Blog

Tokyo travel blog: the best things to do in Tokyo with kids. If going to Japan with kids isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. I lived in Tokyo for 13 years. My kids were born there, and our family returns regularly. And I can tell you that there are more things to do […]

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