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Shizuoka Road Trip

After a particularly sticky summer in Tokyo, autumn has arrived and the temperatures are finally beginning to drop. Looking back, it’s been a pretty good season for adventures and while my memory is still fresh I wanted to share a few interesting spots we visited on a recent road trip to Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県), a few hours west of Tokyo. Read more

Kosoan Cafe in Jiyugaoka

Tokyo’s many neighbourhoods are full of hidden restaurants, cafes & bars, often hidden from view at street level, for which discovery is as much a part of the experience as anything else. Read more

Sankeien Garden

Sankei-en (三溪園) is a traditional Japanese garden in Yokohama (1 hour from Tokyo) which was built by a silk trader called Sankei Hara in 1906. It contains many historically significant buildings bought by Hara himself from locations all over Japan, among them Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kamakura. Read more

Autumn in Rikugien Garden

This year I had planned to make the most of the beautiful autumn foliage in Japan but events conspired against me and I ended up making a last-minute dash back to the UK to deal with a visa issue. I arrived back in Tokyo at the tail end of the momijigari (紅葉狩) season and although the leaves were beginning to turn I made a short visit to a garden not far from where I live. Read more