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.
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.
My Chicago Guide, created in partnership with Choose Chicago, will share the most interesting things to do, the best luxury accomodations, and the best places to eat in the Windy City. I love visiting Chicago, and it’s always been a special place for me and my husband, because we have so many happy memories here together. I can’t wait to share the many, many reasons we love Chicago!
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.
The travel photography gear I use and love to take with me no matter where I travel covers everything I pack in my camera bag, from which cameras I use, how to photograph things underwater, how many batteries I take with me, which bag I use when I might end up in the water to protect my equipment, how I back up my files when traveling, and much more. Plus, I’ve also included my favorite camera for anyone looking for an inexpensive, easy to use camera anyone can use to easily capture their travel memories.
There’s a difference between being a traveler and being a tourist, so this guide will help you learn how to be a traveler, not a tourist to avoid making any social, cultural, or legal mistakes when traveling abroad. Don’t be like the loud tourists on the train to Kyoto, or the tourist in London demanding to have the construction around the clock face removed so they could take a picture, and instead learn to be a confident, prepared, traveler.
These essential culinary terms are what you need to know in order to be able to order off of just about any menu, featuring food terms from around the world, learn how to tell a sushi chef you’ll leave the choice up to them, and know what to expect when you are presented with a prix fix menu.
Today, I’m answering the common quesiton “What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?” by outlining what they are, why they are important, and why you should add them to your travel itineraries whenever possible. There are currently 1,121 UNESCO Sites around the world, which means that you’ve probably visited or been very close to at least one if you’ve done any amount of traveling. Which heritage sites have you visited thus far?