Well, it happened – Kyoto AirBnB

I was concerned it, but…one of our reservations did cancel as we near June 15th. Our host in Kyoto contacted me this morning to let me know she would not be able to honor our reservation due to the new law. I am grateful she let me know so quickly, because I was able to…

Kuidaore, a Journey for Food in Japan (Part 1 – Tokyo Edition)

Kuidaore is a phrase in Japanese that is typically applied to Osaka, and the famous Dotonbori stretch. If you are not familiar with the Dotonbori area, it is a street/canal which some really interesting history (the project began all the way back in 1612!) and is known for being a food mecca. There are 90…

A Geek’s Guide to Tours

geek noun informal noun: geek; plural noun: geeks a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast Jay and I are, unsurprisingly, geeks about Japan. We obsess about the food, the pop culture and entertainment, the history, the architecture – just everything. This trip is a BIG deal for us, in a number of ways. We really want to explore the…

A Place to Rest our Heads

Since my last post focused on the challenges and concerns of staying in AirBnBs as of June 15th, I did want to share more about where we currently plan to stay. This list will be updated (if need be). We are going to be staying in four separate locations while in Japan: Tokyo (six nights),…

AirBnB Concerns – What’s Going On?

For people not planning to stay in Japan in the immediate future specifically in AirBnBs, you are likely not aware of the issues currently happening abroad. Japan’s government is trying to better regulate AirBnB operations in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Which is…fine, but they are handling it in the worst way. Under the new…

Inspiration Board – Youtubers

There are some Youtubers Jay and I really love for what they teach us about Japan. For anyone else interested, I wanted to post a list of these resources. These will all open in a new tab/window. ONLY In JAPAN – John Daub Our first real delve into Japan as a country instead of just…

Packing List – What I think we will need

This particular post is really more for my benefit than others, I suppose. I am terrified of the idea I might forget something Really Important before we leave. I KNOW Japan is an incredibly convenient country that will likely have anything I would forget. It’s the principle of the thing though. Being prepared in advance…

General Planned Itinerary

Our general itinerary is as follows: Day 1 – Arrive in Tokyo, possibly Ikebukuro Day 2 – Tokyo Skytree, Nihonbashi, Akihabara Day 3 – Shinjuku/Kabukicho Day 4 – Tsukiji, Odaiba Day 5 – Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza Day 6 –  Asakusa, Ueno Day 7 – Depart Tokyo, Arrive in Hakone Day 8 – Depart Hakone, Arrive…

Tours, Lodging, and Food – Oh My!

  In an effort to keep things organized, I am splitting everything up into categories and tags. The ones I’m preparing for now are as follows: Blog Maintenance – tidbits to help you navigate or any updates to expect Food – posts about where we plan to eat and/or what we have eaten Lodging –…

The Beginning of this Site

To be honest, I don’t know how many people are truly interested in the daily ongoings of our lives. On a social media site like Facebook, it’s easy to hit a “like” button without engaging. However, I figured for people truly interested, a personalized site you have to actively search out/go to would be a…