The historical cities of Kyoto and Nara, both erstwhile capitals of Japan during different eras, can be best covered as day trips from Osaka by train. You will find most of the attractions within walking distance from each other in both cities, perfect day out for tourists and locals alike. During my two-week tour of… Continue reading Day Trips to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka
For my spring tour of Japan, I chose Osaka and Tokyo as my home bases for visiting noteworthy places in Honshu Island during the cherry blossom season. Since it was a short trip (less than two weeks), I mostly adhered to a carefully curated itinerary that offered me a glimpse of Japan's traditional culture while… Continue reading Must do activities in and around Tokyo: visiting a famous shopping district and taking a fascinating ferry ride
Anyone freshly bitten by the wanderlust bug often develops certain preconceived notions before setting off to exotic places on a shoestring budget. Research will definitely equip you with a lot of data on how to go about it. However, while some of that information may be accurate, much of it could be quite misleading. Backpacking… Continue reading 5 backpacking myths busted!
Japan's four distinct seasons unfold different vistas of the country for travellers. While spring and autumn will stun you with breathtaking, colourful landscapes, summer will give you a chance to enjoy culture trips and join various seasonal activities hosted during vacation time. Winter gives you the opportunity to participate in traditional festivals, relax in an… Continue reading Tokyo side trips: Mt. Fuji, Nikko and an age-old Japanese temple festival
Japan can be both touristy and tranquil during the peak season of spring and summer depending on how you plan your itinerary. After spending three days in the country, narrated in my previous blog, I enjoyed moments of serenity inside Zen temples like Ryoan-ji in Kyoto as well as in certain secluded spots in Nara… Continue reading A day in historical Osaka city