Japan Rail Pass

Making the Most of your JR East Pass

For those who have been, or even planned to visit Japan I’m sure you’ve heard of the Japan Rail Pass. For those of you who are thinking of visiting Japan…

Spectacle Bridge Nagasaki

Don’t Skip: Nagasaki, Japan

Intro to Nagasaki Fishing village to busy port Modern visitors to Nagasaki may not realize there’s a lot more to the city’s history than its sad title as one of…

Arashiyama Bamboo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This image was taken in the Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama, west of Kyoto, Japan. The whole area has been known for its beautiful, natural setting since as early as…

View from Higashi Honganji

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

  When thinking of the word “change,” (the cue for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge) the thought of something old next to something new came to mind.  Japan is a country…


Quite An Honor

We are SO excited that a  photo we took on our most recent visit to Japan was chosen by the folks at Frommers to serve as back cover art for…


Travel Budget Japan

In the case of Japan, the rumors are true: it can be VERY expensive. If you’ve got hotel reward points or friends/family to crash with, this is the place to use them! In our month in Japan we used some cost-saving methods to make our trip more economical. See below for details.

Ofusa Kannon temple, near Sakurai

Reflection: Japan

Some of our favorite shots from our time in Japan, May 2011.

Sunset : Labuanbajo, Indonesia

2011 Photo Roundup

South Korea Knowing less about South Korea than either Japan or China made for some wonderful surprises. A rich, colorful culture and curious, helpful people made our visit here one…


Not the Last Goodbye

I’m posting from Seoul, and Japan seems a world away. Our last few days were a whirlwind of goodbyes and last-minute plans. We walked Yokohama in the mist, soaking in…


Put Down Your Rod and Reel

After leaving the mountains of Takayama, we made our last stop in Gifu before heading back to the Tokyo area. Our friend Miwa is from Gifu and just happened to…