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…

KAI Atami – My Mini Summer Break in Autumn!

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…

Nara and Himeji Castle

We have been in Japan for over two years now and I have noticed (more so this year) that our daily experiences have started to change. We have been very fortunate to have had even more visitors this year and it is only when we see Japan through their eyes that I start to notice,…

Kyoto and Koyasan

In March our first visitor from home arrived – Lisa. She is a good friend of ours from my husband’s university days. We decided to use her visit as a perfect opportunity to visit Kyoto, the traditional capital of Japan, with a side trip to Koyasan- and what a great idea it was!!! By the…