Sign in Tokyo that reads 'I love Kabuchiko' in red neon

Is Kabukicho a Safe Place to Stay in Tokyo?

Shinjuku is one of the most popular areas for tourists, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the Tokyo of your Bladerunner dreams, full of neon lights and talking screens, plus, it’s jam-packed with bars and restaurants, and having nighttime options on your doorstep is handy when you’ve already walked 15km sightseeing that day! However, … Read more

tea master in blue kimino serving tea at the Ju An Tea Ceremony Kyoto

What to Expect at the Tea Ceremony Ju An in Kyoto

Taking a tea ceremony is one of the most popular things you can do in Kyoto, but, what actually happens in one? We took the Ju-An tea ceremony at Jotokuji Temple to find out… (ad gifted) Whisking good matcha is tough! Good matcha has a nice foamy froth on the top, mine is more of … Read more

Japanese notes and coins laid out on a table. Pink lettering over the reads cash vs cards in Japan

Do You Need Cash in Japan in 2023?

It’s often said that cash is king in Japan, which surprises many people as it has a reputation for being a technologically-advanced country. The last time. I visited this was still definitely the case, but what about now? Do you need to carry a wallet full of yen, or can you get away with paying … Read more