Hong Kong

Hong Kong Foodie Tours

Now you might be wondering how come I've been out and about and trying so many new food places recently? Well I've been lucky, I've been invited to go on a food tasting tour in Sheung Wan. Cecilia and Silvana from the Hong Kong Foodie Tours took us out on a tour that lasts almost… Continue reading Hong Kong Foodie Tours


Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden

Finally, on our last day, we visited the Imperial Palace East Garden. We had already been here the day before, on a Friday, when the entrance was closed. So we had to come back the next day, a cloudy Saturday. But we still enjoyed the visit. The entrance to the East Garden is the Ote-mon,… Continue reading Tokyo: Imperial Palace East Garden


Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building

Finally blue sky and sunshine over Tokyo... and what better way to make the most out of this weather then to visit the observatory deck on top of the two towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building? The best is that the observation decks are free of charge to the public! We walked a few… Continue reading Tokyo: Metropolitan Government Building


Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple

From the Kenchoji Temple we walked downhill to the main site in Kamakura. The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is about 15 mins by foot and is the most important Shinto shrine. Therefore it is also the most crowded and packed place that we visited in Kamakura. Everyone wanted to see the lucky charm in the shape… Continue reading Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple


Tokyo: Tuna at Tsukiji Fish Market

I did not make it to the tuna auction, but if you are willing to wake up early enough then go to the Tsukiji Fish Market at around 4am. Foreigners who wish to view the auction have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5am on… Continue reading Tokyo: Tuna at Tsukiji Fish Market


Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market

It was still raining the following day and we decided to visit the most famous fish market in the world. The Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. We left the hotel at 6.30am in the morning… Continue reading Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market


More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

After our brief visit to Ainokura we travelled to Shirakawa-go, the largest village with gassho-zukuri houses. We first stopped at the Shiroyama Tenshukaku view point to glance over the village with its old style houses with those large triangular roofs. It is a very pretty sight, all year round. Probably even more so in autumn… Continue reading More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go