Overnight road trip: Tokyo to Hakone and Mount Fuji

This was our second visit to Japan. It was April and cherry blossom festival in Tokyo and Kyoto, but this time we wanted to see something else. So, we booked a car. After 11 hours flight from Europe, we spent half a day and a night fighting jetlag in cherry blooming Tokyo. Had some lovely… Continue reading Overnight road trip: Tokyo to Hakone and Mount Fuji

Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Japan recently moved up my list of interesting travel destinations. Previously, I associated the country primarily with advanced consumer electronics, skyscrapers, crowds, stressed-out school children, and sushi. But, last month I visited Tokyo and Kyoto with my partner, and we had at least thirteenĀ Aha! moments in five days: 1. Tokyo is quiet and uglier than… Continue reading Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan