1. The Japan Rail Pass – Is it Worth the Cost?

    If travelling to Japan, you are probably wondering if you should buy a Japan Rail Pass to use whilst you are there…

    On all my trips to Japan, I have always purchased one as with the travel plans that I had when I was there, I knew that it was going to save me money. However depending on the plans that you have, it might not always be the best option available for you. (more…)

  2. How to Get to the Chureito Pagoda from Tokyo to see Mount Fuji

    The one thing I had never managed to do in Japan despite numerous attempts over the years and many visits is to see Mount Fuji. On our recent two week trip when the weather was beautiful every day, I was so hopeful of seeing Mount Fuji from the Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka for the first time ever (the weather had always been bad every other time) but I failed yet again. (more…)

  3. How to Get From Haneda Airport to Tokyo by Monorail

    One of my favourite things from our trip to Japan in October was that we flew into Haneda Airport in Tokyo for the first time ever instead of Narita Airport. Haneda Airport is located less than ten miles from Tokyo Station in the centre of the city making the journey incredibly easy, quick and very cheap and affordable. It was a welcome contrast to landing into Narita Airport which is located forty miles outside of the city and then having to take a less frequent, much longer and more expensive train or bus ride into Tokyo. (more…)

  4. Staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel in a Grand Park View Room

    I had always wanted to stay at the beautiful Tokyo Disneyland Hotel since I first saw it being built and always wondered what it would be like to stay there.  Fast forward to this year when we visited Tokyo Disney Resort for four nights for my birthday and decided to not only book the Hotel MiraCosta for two nights but also the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel for the rest of our stay. (more…)

  5. Staying at the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta in a Porto Paradiso Harbor View Room

    It had been a dream of mine to stay at the beautiful Hotel MiraCosta at Tokyo DisneySea since the very first time I visited the park back in 2008. Who would not want to stay at a hotel that is located entirely inside the best Disney park in the world? When we visited Japan last month and spent four days at Tokyo Disney Resort, we decided to book a Harbor View room at the Hotel MiraCosta for two nights of our stay. Yes it was expensive and more than I’ve ever paid for a hotel room in my life, but if you cannot treat yourself for your birthday, when can you? (more…)

  6. Lost in Translation at the New York Bar – Park Hyatt, Tokyo

    I remember the very first time I watched Lost in Translation. It was on a flight to New York and I just remember falling completely head over heels in love with the movie. I had already visited Japan several times at that point and for some reason, everything in the film just made complete sense to me and I knew that I would have to visit the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo myself and have a drink (or two) in the New York Bar. (more…)

  7. Christmas Fantasy 2014 – Tokyo Disneyland, Japan

    Last week I happened to be in Japan for a couple of nights for work. I had one full day free on Friday so I decided to go to Tokyo Disneyland. Normally I would avoid the Japanese Disney parks on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday as they get incredibly busy but when I looked at the online calendar I saw that the Friday (the only day I could go) was going to be the first day for all the Christmas celebrations, I knew I had to go. (more…)

  8. A Trip Through Narita Town

    Narita is a city in Chiba Prefecture approximately 60 kilometres east of Tokyo. It is home to Narita International Airport which is usually the closest most people come to visiting Narita itself. However if you have a layover at the airport before, after or between flights then a trip into Narita itself is a great way to pass the time. (more…)

  9. How to Exchange Your Japan Rail Pass at Narita Airport

    When spending any time travelling in Japan, a Japan Rail Pass is a necessity. The savings that can be made are quite extraordinary if making several trips on the Shinkansen. A seven day pass just about pays for itself by doing a return trip from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka so any other trips you then make on the pass are a bonus. (more…)