My Osaka Luxury Travel Guide will introduce you to the most elegant and meaningful sights, flavors, and sounds of Osaka, Japan during Cherry Blossom Season. From Michelin Star Restaurants, 209 of them to be exact, and one of the world’s best street food scenes, to the mysterious tomb and surrounding forest of Emperor Nintoku and some of the highest rooftops in Japan, you’ll be ready to take on Osaka like a local, without breaking a sweat. Are you ready to explore Osaka with me?
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Our visit to Osaka Castle during the Cherry Blossom Festival was absolutely wonderful. We dined at a gorgeous rooftop restaurant for lunch, made the climb to the castle’s top level observatory deck to see an incredible view of Osaka city, and had plenty of time left to stroll the castle grounds and garden, walking amongst the 600 stunning cherry blossoms in full bloom under the warm, blue skies before the heavens opened up and rained for a few hours. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Osaka Castle.
I travel often, and I travel hard. It’s not intentional, the tremendous wear and tear on my baggage. That’s simply what happens when I take more than 50 flights a year, numerous road trips, and countless weekend getaways. My last luggage lost a wheel at the airport thanks to some overzealous airline workers, and the suitcase I had before that broke down the front when an airline worker dropped it over the edge of the conveyor belt as we were deplane-ing. I was none too pleased about that. Still, thanks to these travel mishaps, I was in the market for a new piece of luggage. I discovered that ROAM Luggage could be completely customized and built-to-order right here in the good ol’ US of A, I couldn’t “add to cart” fast enough. Here’s how to order your own built-to-order ROAM luggage!
The Best Japanese omakase on the East Coast is at Kissaki in Greenwich, CT, where their expert sushi chefs carefully craft each individual bite of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and each hand roll. Their beautiful restaurant is adorned with golden fish against navy walls, encircled by intimate lighting, in an elegant atmosphere perfect for your next date night, night out with the girls, birthday celebration, or “just because”. Watch my latest YouTube video, linked in this post, to see why we loved dining at Kissaki.
Japanese food is one of my very favorite types of food because there are so many delicious options and incredible flavors I can enjoy as a gluten-free pescatarian. Rule of Thirds in Brooklyn, New York is one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve had on the East Coast. We went here for brunch the day before departing for my birthday trip to Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, and it was a truly fantastic experience on a cozy, rainy day.
These are some of the very best meals and my favorite fine dining experiences that I’ve ever had from around the world, including dining in a tree house overlooking the jungle of Tulum, eating inside of an old samurai house, and many more. This is one of my most requested round-up posts, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed eating all of this!
I take nearly all of my photographs in public places, and just like any other time we are out in public, we try always to be polite and not draw attention to ourselves more than necessary, and we always make sure not to get in other people’s way. Today, I’m answering all of your most commonly asked questions about taking photographs in public. I hope this helps you be more confident, prepared, and respectful when taking photographs in public.
As a lover of tennis, I’ve always admired the men and women who pioneered my favorite sport, like Venus & Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, René Lacoste, and Suzanne Lenglen for their passion for the game, competitiveness, and raw talent. I had no idea the international Tennis Hall of Fame, the only one of its kind in the world, was located so close to our new home, so when we visited Newport recently, it was a place both Robin and I wanted to visit.
Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the United States. They have nearly 100 museums, 23 Michelin Star restaurants (read What Are Michelin Star Restaurants?if you’re not sure what these are), a dozen 5-star hotels, tons of fantastic events, festivals, musical performances, and pop-ups around the city, world-class luxury shopping, and so much more. We’ve visited more than a dozen times in the last couple of years, and we always find something new to love in the Windy City, which is why I wanted to share my favorite things to do in this Chicago itinerary. I hope this helps you plan the perfect luxurious weekend getaway to Chicago, whether it’s for a mini-honeymoon, family vacation, an anniversary trip, or to simply explore somewhere new!
Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, is home to some 400 cherry trees, impressive architecture, sprawling traditional Japanese gardens, and is famous fro its unique Nightingale floors. We visited during cherry blossom season to see flower arrangements from Japan’s oldest school of Ikebana, traditional Japanese flowering arranging, and learn more about this castle’s 400+ year history.
These quintessential japanese foods are iconic Japanese dishes that everyone should try when in Japan. This guide will also help decipher menus at Japanese restaurants, and teach you the basics of Japanese food and cooking vocabulary, so you can order with confidence during your next visit to your favorite Japanese restaurant.