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One of Okinawa’s lesser known specialty stores is Kawanchu (革人), a leather goods store located in the town of Motobu, about 1h 40m from Naha City. It’s about 10 minutes away from the Churaumi Aquarium, so if you’re heading there, make sure you stop into Kawanchu for beautiful, high quality […]

Custom Made and Specialty Sandals at Kawanchu – Okinawa, Japan


Securing tickets to the Studio Ghibli museum is a bit of a complicated process. With a limited amount of visitors allowed to visit the museum daily, tickets are often in short supply and must be purchased ahead. If you know the dates of your trip and have a general idea […]

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If you’re traveling to Japan and have done even a modicum of research on transportation, I’m certain you’ve come across information about the Japan Rail Pass. Perhaps you’ve read about how great it is and how you mustmustmust get one to save time, money, sanity, etc. I’ll discuss the cost, […]

Japan Rail Pass Review – Is It Worth It?


Located downtown in Naha City is Kokusai Dori, a 1+ mile stretch of road lined with tons of variety shops, restaurants, and specialty shopping. If your time in Okinawa is limited and you want to grab some souvenirs, Kokusai Dori is the best spot to grab Ryukyu dishware and glass, […]

Shopping at Kokusai Dori in Okinawa, Japan


How I found my way around Japan’s metropolitan maze can best be summarized as: 2 Words, 1 App As bizarre and fetish-like as that sounds, it is anything but because… Those 2 words are: GOOGLE MAPS The app is (you guessed it): GOOGLE MAPS Have you seen Japan’s rail system? […]

How I Navigated Around Japan – 2 Words, 1 App



Ready to venture out of Tokyo? For just ¥5,400, ¥7,560, or ¥10,800 one way through Japan Airlines, you can explore one or more of its thirty destinations through Japan, including the Okinawan islands. Neat! Let’s fly to Okinawa and then Osaka… but first…. Let’s find out how much we’re really […]

Discount Japan Airlines Tickets with Japan Explorer Pass


Officially founded in 1958, Akumal is a small beach-front community between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum and often overlooked by visitors. It’s most famous for its endangered green sea turtles that feed on the sea grass in shallow waters. In Mayan language, Akumal means “place of the turtle”. You can […]

Where To Find Sea Turtles In Akumal, Mexico


My family makes fun of how I browse. I kid you not. Right now, I have 33 tabs on my Firefox browser. I love tabs because it allows me to easily go back to something I was researching. New idea/topic? Tab. Where is Hakone? Tab. What is okonomiyaki? Tab. But, […]

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Tokyu Hands is your one-stop shop for everything you need – and don’t need – for you and your home. It’s a large variety store, often times spanning multiple floors and filled with everything from kitchen ware and appliances, cosmetics, pillows, mattresses, and stationery to travel goods, such as luggage, […]

I Love Tokyu Hands!


I had read of cat, dog, goat, and rabbit cafes, but it wasn’t until an afternoon scroll through Harajuku after visiting Meiji Jingu shrine that I was made aware of another type of animal cafe: hedgehogs. Hedgehogs were housed in a half cylinder-shaped metal enclosure filled with pellets, food, and […]

My Bittersweet Visit To A Hedgehog Cafe – Harajuku, Japan


There is no shortage of unique, fun, and interesting restaurants in Japan. Uobei in Shibuya offers sushi and small plates via tri-level conveyor belt. Both Alcatraz ER and The Lockup in Shibuya simulate an actual prison, and you are handcuffed and dine in a cell. At Zauo, you dine in […]

Ninja Akasaka Restaurant Review and Reservations – Tokyo, Japan



Eating at Ichiran was awesome. This is what the line looks like just 30 minutes after opening at the Shinjuku central east [station] exit location. At the bottom of the stairs, there’s a set of doors that leads to a hallway with a couple shokken jidouhanbaiki, or food ticket machines. […]

Ichiran Ramen Review – Shinjuku, Japan


After experiencing the “best buffet”, “best show”, “best this”, and “best that” in many places and leaving dissatisfied (looking at you, Vegas), I normally shy away from places that claim to be the best at anything. But as I walked through Dotonbori, this sign caught my attention. I couldn’t resist. […]

Hanamaruken Review – No 1 Ramen in Dotonbori – Osaka, ...


The Pantheon is hard to describe. In the midst of a sea of restaurants and swarms of tourists is this beast of a structure that commands its presence to be acknowledged. Its exterior is trumped by an even more impressive interior. You’re walking, walking, walking and then WHOA! The Pantheon. […]

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