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…

So how was 2018?

It’s that time of year again and so it is time for my annual summary of the year as 2019 draws in. So how was 2018? It started with our trip to Karuizawa in February enjoying the snow, star gazing and onsens to get us through the winter months. It felt like luxury and a…

TeamLab Borderless

When you are in the full flow of work, it is easy to find yourself in a rut where each weekend becomes a carbon copy of the one before. Sleep, eat and a short walk to somewhere local for a stock up. However every now and again you plan something interesting to break the routine…

Hoshinoya Karuizawa

2018 has been quite the travel year so far. The summer was a huge step for us but in all the excitement and planning I forgot to write about the little side trip we went on at the start of the year. February was the perfect opportunity for us to explore yet another of the…

Cafe Reissue and Hotel Graphy.

I always feel that I have a world of great cafes, restaurants and hotels on my doorstep that I am not taking advantage of so I decided to do some research and make a list of some places to visit this break. The first was a cafe I saw on an instagram account @taramilktea called…

Time to Travel…

I am always thinking about my next holiday and as such I have started reading a lot of travel blogs but they are all written by people who are either back packers with a “passion for travel” and have found ways to leave their homes to live a life of eternal exploration or they are…

KAI Atami

Since staying at Hoshinoya Fuji last February, the Hoshinoya hotels and their sister hotels  ‘KAI’ have been on my radar for some time. This October break I found a great deal at KAI Atami and with the husband busy at work, I asked Mrs. F if she fancied a trip! Thankfully she said yes! We…

An Unexpected Chapter in History- Trapped between North Korea and USA

Living in Japan has always felt a safe haven, worlds away from the terror threats in Europe and all other atrocities happening across the globe. However, my safe bubble on the magical islands of Far East Asia appears to have a puncture, slowly deflating with each and every verbal display of power launched between North…

Hotel Edit- Yokohama

I don’t usually write about specific hotels but as my blog is a diary for myself, then keeping a record of some particularly good hotels may add to the memory. Who knows! My first ever ‘Hotel’ feature is about Hotel Edit in Yokohama. It is a small business hotel that has a real modern feel….

Hoshinoya Fuji

A long time ago I came across a chain of hotels called Hoshinoya which essentially is Japan’s equivalent to Centre Parcs only much more expensive and much more unique. As a result, the thought of booking a trip to any of these hotels has only been but a dream until I came across the most…