3 Nights in Shanghai

Shanghai has been a place that we have wanted to visit ever since we arrived on this side of the world. Taking less than 3 hours by plane from Tokyo to Shanghai, it seemed silly not to go but, honestly, we had not heard great things about visiting China and so we kept putting it…

2 Gluten Free Days in Hiroshima

Before I start, I just want to point out that I am not a celiac. This is a recount of where we ate to cater for my Mother in Law (who is celiac) during our three day visit to Hiroshima. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is also important to note that because…

Rikugien Gardens

Japan is a country of four distinct seasons. Winter is all about skiing and hot pot (Shabu Shabu), Spring is all about the famous Cherry Blossoms and Sakura flavoured food. Summer is the season of Matsuris and firework displays, which brings me to my favourite season… Autumn. Around late October to early December the changing…

Typhoons and Earthquakes

When we first decided to move to Japan the language was the only thing we really worried about. We knew it would be a huge cultural change and there were going to be difficulties with communication but we never once considered the number of natural events that happen here compared to the UK and how…

That’s My Type of Travel

Over a year ago I wrote a post titled ‘A Time to Travel’ (Read here) which was basically a manifesto of what I wanted to achieve when travelling South East Asia later that year. I compared our travelling experiences so far to a type of window shopping where we would stick to easy to reach…

Bintan Island

THE RESIDENCE BINTAN This part of our trip was a complete gamble. We wanted to go to Indonesia but as we only had 3 nights to spare, we decided to visit Bintan Island. It is a popular getaway for Singaporeans as it is only a 45min ferry ride from Singapore. We did our research and…

Langkawi

Langkawi was the first stop on our trip and we picked to stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort for three main reasons. Location Complimentary round trip airport transfers The price When researching Langkawi, we have always found it to be one of the more expensive destinations in Asia with the number of luxury resorts in…

3 Nights in Kuala Lumpur

OUR 3 NIGHT STAY AT KL JOURNAL HOTEL After our trip to Langkawi we decided to have a 3 night stop over in Kuala Lumpur. I chose to stay in the reasonably priced boutique hotel The KL Journal Hotel which is centrally based in the Bukit Bintang area. The rooms are all spacious and decorated…

Sengakuji Temple

Sengakuji Temple is rarely on the top 10 places to visit in Tokyo but it is not somewhere that should be so quickly overlooked. If you like your Japanese history, then you will be very interested to know that it is the burial home of the 47 Ronin. The story goes, in summary, that there…