Weekend Activities

Yamazaki Whisky in Barrels

Tokyo’s Whisky Bars

Sep 28, 2022 By Michael Stigall

When it comes to alcohol and Japan, the first thing to come to mind for the longest time was sake. While the traditionally fermented rice wine holds a special place...[ Click to read more ]

A Guide to Onsen and Super Sento in and around Tokyo

Sep 28, 2022 By Michael Stigall

The onsen is one thing that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of Japan, and it's no mystery why. In addition to appearing in most tourism-related media, they are...[ Click to read more ]

Riding the Rails: Train Passes for Foreign Residents

Aug 30, 2022 By Michael Stigall

We’ve discussed Japan’s rail passes before, including most recently reviewing the options available for Kanto residents, but what about if you’re living in or traveling to one of the other...[ Click to read more ]

Yebisu Beer Museum

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Jul 25, 2022 By Michael Stigall

Yebisu Beer has a long and storied history beginning in 1887 when the Japan Beer Brewery Company cleared an area of farmland to build a brewery. At this new modern...[ Click to read more ]

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya City

May 30, 2022 By Ray Proper

Kiso Three Rivers Park in Ichinomiya was an old favorite of mine when I lived in Konan City. I am not sure if the whole complex counts as being part...[ Click to read more ]

Ueno Zoo

Tokyo’s Zoos

Mar 31, 2022 By Michael Stigall

As spring thankfully arrives, it's time to abandon the confines of the indoors and embrace the glorious outdoors before that stifling summer heat reclaims the land. One great way to...[ Click to read more ]

Summit of Mount Kobo

Top 5 Spring Hiking Destinations in Japan

Mar 31, 2022 By Michael Stigall

With 73% of Japan's landmass being mountains, there's plenty of selection for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. There is absolutely gorgeous terrain to hike throughout the country, and every region boasts...[ Click to read more ]

Golfing Around Tokyo

Mar 31, 2022 By Michael Stigall

Being so filled with people, one could be forgiven for thinking that Tokyo is not the best place to spoil a good walk, to paraphrase Mark Twain. However, there are...[ Click to read more ]

Shukkeien Garden

Falling for Shukkeien Garden: Autumn in Hiroshima City

Nov 30, 2021 By Michael Stigall

If you haven’t been to Shukkeien Garden in central Hiroshima City, now is your best chance. Although beautiful in any season, the night autumn foliage illumination running from November 19th...[ Click to read more ]

Finding Flexibility and Fluidity through Online Yoga

Dec 22, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

With 2020 having become "The Year Of Apart, Together", I’ve started a series on finding ways to keep your mental and physical well-being in check, even if you have to...[ Click to read more ]