One of the most difficult questions I usually get is: What’s your favorite destination? It’s tough to pick just one when a mere mention of the word “favorite” opens a floodgate of memories that include the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey; camping journey across the Australian Outback; the sights and
It was the trip I was so afraid to take. The notoriety of Japan as an expensive destination hovered over my head for the longest time. Even when airlines offered bargain deals for flights to Osaka, I was reluctant to book. Not only was I worried about the visa not
No one was expecting it to arrive that early, but it did. On my last trip to Tokyo, it snowed. It would have been perfectly normal, but it was November and the first snow of the season usually falls in January. It was the first November snow in the Japanese
Hotels may be generally expensive in Tokyo, but hostels provide a much cheaper alternative to the budget-conscious backpacker. And there are a lot of them in the Japanese capital.
Tokyo has always had a reputation for being an expensive city. Although there is some truth in that, it is not as expensive as most people think. Many major cities around the world have overtaken the Japanese capital in terms of soaring cost of living. One can find plenty of
Tokyo is vast. We often see it as a single city, but it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. It’s a metropolitan prefecture. (Wait, what? Uhm, let me explain.) It’s not a single city but not your usual Japanese prefecture either. It’s something that is unique to Tokyo. Think
In Tokyo’s Nakano district, there was a store called “The shop that sells things people left on trains.” That was the name of the shop. And it sold, well, things that people lost during commute but were never claimed. I was dying to see what they had in store that
In 2012, I traveled solo for the first time in my life. I still remember how scared I was before the trip. With only a small backpack, a Neil Gaiman book, a thousand dollars, and a will to get out of my comfort zone, I boarded the plane to Bangkok.
I welcomed 2016 with a lot of hope and a pint of Guinness at a random British pub in Tokyo. Although I was alone in a foreign land, I could sense an air of positivity in the air. It was my first trip since I left my full-time job (again),
Taxis are expensive, and buses can be confusing for first-timers. In Tokyo, the train is the most efficient mode of transportation. Tokyo has an extensive and expansive railway system. Wherever it is you’re going, there is most likely a train station very close to it. Tokyo by train can be
Located 70km from Central Tokyo, the Narita International Airport is the city’s main gateway for international travelers. It’s one of the two airports serving Tokyo, the other one being Haneda, which is mostly used for domestic flights. The bad news is, Narita is farther than Haneda. The good news is,
Japan’s largest airline ANA has just announced two additional international routes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and they’re flying to New York and Chicago! We’re stoked! This couldn’t have happened at a better time because coincidentally, we’re set to visit this side of the States as part of our North American