Kyoto, Japan

I always enjoy visiting Kyoto and I’m always a little surprised that I enjoy it as much as I do. It’s more religious, more spiritual, more traditional than Tokyo…all adjectives that in my day-to-day life I’m not looking for. But somehow, on vacation, churches, temples and shrines are so much more interesting. Some of these …

Hakone, Japan

With a planned itinerary of Tokyo – Hakone – Kyoto, the only destination that would be new to me was the countryside of Hakone. We went in search of the traditional onsen experience, bathing in the hot springs created by Japan’s active volcanoes. A Japanese coworker helped me research and book our ryokan Gourakansuirou, an …

Impressions of Tokyo

Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I feel like such a traitor for saying this, but it is my absolute favorite city in Asia (sorry, Hong Kong). I love the blending of the old and the new, the traditional and modern, but most of all, I love how clean, orderly, …

Sushi Ten Omakase: A heavenly experience in Tokyo

Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting a similar experience – a full sushi omakase where the sushi chef meticulously creates each dish and presents it to you. And while you can find great sushi in San Francisco, it’s still better in Tokyo. Unfortunately, most of the fine sushi dining is limited …

Japan: Ashikaga Flower Park

When Andrew and I first started discussing where to go for a week-long vacation, we had originally thought we’d be heading to Italy. But given that Andrew would already be in Asia for work and that it would be spring with all its blossoming beauty, it was an opportune time to visit Japan together. We …