I’ve been lucky enough to see roughly a quarter of the world over the past few years and my experiences of nations and their people have been overwhelmingly positive. There are only two countries on my official naughtylist.
My favourite country to travel in so far is undoubtedly; Japan.
I adore the place and I’m itching to get back there in the near future. I love how it does so well to preserve its ancient culture, the people have an endearing mix of bashfulness and a 5-star polite demeanour, the hospitality service is second to none and no matter how hard you try – you will just never understand Japan.
With 30,000 taking part and half a million watching, the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s biggest summer festivals. Each year, over 50 teams parade the streets of Koto-ku carrying huge mikoshi (portable shrines) while onlookers throw water over them – both to purify the shrines, but also to cool the participants who are hoisting thousands of kilograms on their shoulders.
Tokyo Vs Kyoto: if you only have limited time in ‘the Land of the Rising Sun,’which one should you spend that sweet time in?
Tokyo is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever seen. And it’s even better when you have your girls with you! This place was made for girlfriend getaways, and it is an adventure that you will truly never forget.
The Kansai Region is the perfect destination if it’s your first time in Japan. It is rich in cultural heritage, evident in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot its map, yet its biggest city, Osaka, also feels undoubtedly modern and futuristic. It also prepares you for the craziness and fast pace of Tokyo, if you also plan on paying the capital a visit.
Tsukiji Market is a paradise for seafood lovers, but there’s also plenty of popular street foods to try that are far from seafood.
The Japanese island of Hokkaido is known for epic snowfalls—it’s one of the greatest places on the planet to ski on fresh powder. However, after three incredible ski seasons in this winter wonderland, it was time for us to see how it looked under the summer sun...