A Beginners Guide to Gachapon in Tokyo

Gachapon machines in Tokyo

I’m standing in a maze of bright orange plastic. In the last minute alone thousands of yen have disappeared into the machines around me. All hear is the change machine spitting out coins, the ‘gacha gacha’ sound of a handle being turned and the clonk of tiny plastic balls falling down into slots. No, I’m not …

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What to do in Asakusa: Find Tanuki (and 14 Other Fun Things to Try)

Tanuki statue in box in Tanuki Street, one of the fun things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo

I’m wandering around Asakusa, Tokyo on a Sunday morning on the search of a small Japanese creature – it’s got a cute little face, a tubby tummy, a jaunty little straw hat – and erm, giant balls! I’m talking about a tanuki, and this part of Tokyo has an entire road devoted to them. And, …

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First Time in Bangkok? Here’s How Not to Hate It.

View from a Tuk tuk in Bangkok

Considering I have been to Bangkok seven times (and just had to talk myself out of No8) it might surprise you to hear I hated it the first time I went. So did The Boyfriend (who is now as addicted to the place as I am). It’s a story I hear over and over again …

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Can You See the Naoshima Pumpkin ‘Art Island’ in One Day?

Naoshima Pumpkin art on Naoshima Island, Japan

When I decided to add a day on Japan’s Naoshima Island to our latest trip, I really didn’t know anything about the island except that it had giant spotty pumpkins on it. In fact, one glimpse of the bright yellow Naoshima pumpkin and I was sold. Only when I started looking into what else was on …

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Fun Things to do in Kyoto: Hunt Monsters in Yokai Street

Green monster outside a flower shop on Yokai Street, Kyoto

Kyoto is known for beautiful temples and beautiful geishas, but watch out if you’re wandering the backstreets of one area – as there be monsters! A whole road full of them in fact. Check out our guide to Kyoto’s super-cool Monster Street aka Yokai Street. It’s one of the most fun things to do in …

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Godzilla in Tokyo

View of Godzilla head over Tokyo in Shinjuku

If you’re wandering around the northern part of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and hear a roar, don’t panic, it’s just the giant Godzilla on top of the Shinjuku Gracery Hotel doing it’s thing (well, hopefully). If you happen to be within eyeline of the Godzilla head you might even see him breathe fire – but what you might not …

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Sugamo, Tokyo: A Unique Part of the City Not To Miss

Sugamo, Tokyo, street scene

It’s Saturday afternoon in Tokyo. A few miles away from where I am now, hundreds of people are wending their way across the iconic Shibuya crossing, or queuing up for the latest rainbow cheese sandwich in Harajuku – but where I am, you’d never know any of that existed. I’m in a place where there’s …

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The Ultimate Guide to Rabbit Island, Japan

Rabbit outside an ivy covered building on Okunoshima, Rabbit Island, Japan

Its official name is Okunoshima but it’s better known as Bunny Island or Rabbit Island – a magical land just off the coast of Japan where over 1,000 bunnies run free, demanding snacks, cuddles, pats and selfies with the people who come to visit them every day. Yep, it’s as cute as you think. ‘Don’t …

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Tsukiji Outer Market – Still A Tokyo Must-See

Shoppers at Tsukijji Outer Market, Tokyo

So, it finally happened. On October the 6th 2018, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo closed forever, but that doesn’t mean Tsukiji market should be completely off your list of things to do in Tokyo. The outer market that used to surround the fish market is still open for business – and it’s an …

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