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Utsunomiya, Tochigi

Last month, I produced a series of travel stories around my trip to Utsunomiya for The AU Review. They are very comprehensive and I will link to them below. But I wanted to carve out a bit of space on my blog to talk about …

Sendai, Tohoku

After a bountiful stay in Aomori, the next leg of our Tohoku travels is Sendai. Despite not being one of the ‘big name’ cities like Tokyo and Osaka, Sendai definitely isn’t a city to sleep on. Boasting a population of over one million, it holds …

Aomori, Tohoku

The latter half of 2020 was rather busy for me, with moving homes, work and other personal projects. But after some schedule alignment, we were able to plan a mini end of year getaway. Taking a break for our more usual escapes – Netflix and …

Chichibu and Nagatoro, Japan

The number of covid-19 cases in Tokyo is on the rise again, but several weeks ago when we enjoyed a moment’s optimism, we made a break for Saitama prefecture. We were able to avoid prolonged hours on public transport by renting a car, no doubt …

Anjō and Okazaki, Japan

This is the final piece covering my winter vacation to Aichi Prefecture. Prior to meeting Emi, it was never really in my mind to specifically visit Aichi (despite having a lofty 47 prefecture goal a la Cheeserland), let alone spend as much time as we …

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, Japan

It’s a Hakone hat trick with my third visit to this getaway town, being the most memorable to date. This time we’re journey-bound to visit the IHG newborn, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, a jewel amongst a many star-studded locale, famous for its hot springs. It’s …

Gamagōri, Japan

Adventures in Aichi-ken continue as we head further south to Gamagōri, a place I had truly never heard of until Emi added it to our itinerary due to our penchant for onsen. A population of just 80,000 or so, the largest onsen resort town in …

Nagoya, Japan

The road to the end of 2019, to the start of 2020 and to Aichi Prefecture began with our first stop in the city of Nagoya. Nagoya is famous for not having very many things to do at all, or so said my cheeky colleagues when …

Hokkaido, Japan

A child of summer can count the number of times she’s seen snow, no matter how many seasons of winter she has endured. Each moment is ephemeral, a love or fear at first sight, before it fades unrecognizably into the background like a normal day …