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.
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Wondering where to find more information about all of the places I’ve visited? Here’s a comprehensive list of the destinations I’ve written about, including both domestic and international destinations. Some places still have more I intend to write about, but many destinations I have written about extensively to help you plan your next adventure!
Tokyo, Japan, the country’s capital, a city that blends ultra-modern living with the traditions, rituals, and sensibilites of ancient Japan in the most fascinating way. Ever-evolving and unlike any other city in Japan, Tokyo has something for everyone from flower arranging classes and traditional tea ceremonies to sumo-wrestling, endless neighborhoods dedicated to video games, anime, and manga, and a world-class dining scene with more Michelin Star Restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Whether you’re a high-end luxury traveler looking for a once in a lifetime getaway, someone visiting for business, or a fan of Japanese language and culture, Tokyo is the best place to start your Japanese adventure.
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove just outside of Kyoto, Japan is one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever been. There was a serenity here that took me by surprise and captured my heart, despite the throngs of people around us. Read on to learn about what else there is to do in the area, when to arrive, and why you should visit this magical grove of bamboo.
I’m sharing the 18 facets of Japanese etiquette that shocked us because of how unusual they were, or how prevalent they were. Hopefully this guide will help prevent you from standing out in Japanese society, and allow you to do as the locals do, without any surprises, confusion, or awkward situations. No matter how much research you’ve done about Japanese society, etiquette, and social norms, believe me, you’ll want to read this!
Home of Japan’s famous bowing deer, and a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nara, Japan is a wonderful place for visitors of all ages to explore Japanese culture, art, religion, cuisine, history, and so much more. This guide will give you all the advice, tips, and insight on how to plan a visit to Nara as either a day tip from Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka, and how to stay safe while feeding and enjoying being surrounded by more than 1,500 wild, yet mostly tame, Sika deer.
Syoka is an ingenious yet simple luxury restaurant situated inside a traditionally appointed former samurai house, located in the heart of Nara’s Sacred Deer Park. This unique restaurant allows patrons to create their own custom sushi rolls from the finest ingredients available in the region, like organic vegetables and spices, freshly caught, mecury-free fish, and a wide assortment of elegant accoutrements such as saffron, hand-ground wasabi, freshly puréed ginger, and many more culinary delights. Learn how to create your own sushi at Syoka, and why this restaurant is absolutely worth traveling halfway around the world to experience.
Did you know that there are more than a dozen different varieties of cherry blossoms that can be found in Japan? I sought out all of them, like the stunning striped pink and white flowers, weeping cherry blossom trees that look like gorgeous, flowering willow trees, afterglow cherry blossoms, which have a pink to white ombre, and many more! Here are some of the best places to see the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan all across the country. Check out these spots for incredible views and unique cherry blossom varieties, breathtaking views, and the perfect spots for a picnic.
I’m headed off on more adventures this year, and I’ll be traveling for nearly 8 months straight! See where I’m headed, and let me know if you have any recommendations for me!