Glamping near Tokyo

private garden the west side house a glamping getaway near Tokyo photographed by native expat 2020

Last Wednesday (March 25), Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike strongly urged people to work from home, stay at home at night and during this weekend as Tokyo's coronavirus infection rate continue to rise. Similar to many other cities around the world, panic food shopping happened in Tokyo as well that night... All the essentials stocked out … Continue reading Glamping near Tokyo

3 days skiing in Tsugaike (Hakuba, Japan)

tsugaike resort in the green slope photographed by native expat 2020

February 11th (Tuesday) is 建国記念の日(Kenkoku kinen no hi) which is a public holiday in Japan so we took a day off on Monday to have a 4 day break to explore Hakuba in Nagano, a region famous for ski resorts. ⛷ Welcome to Tsugaike, Hakuba! Firstly, what is 建国記念の日 (Kenkoku kinen no hi)? This holiday … Continue reading 3 days skiing in Tsugaike (Hakuba, Japan)

Tokyo suburb highlight: Shimokitazawa

garage door art in shimokitazawa in tokyo japan photographed by native expat for her blog 2020

Setagaya ward is one of the 23 Tokyo wards that is known as the address for the wealthy💰 . However within Setagaya is 下北沢 (Shimokitazawa), a cool neighborhood with an old school Japanese feel filled with lots of vintage shops and soup curry restaurants 🍛 with queues out the front. Voted amongst Timeout’s “Coolest neighborhoods … Continue reading Tokyo suburb highlight: Shimokitazawa

Ski into onsen: a long weekend away into Kusatsu Onsen

kusatsu onsen's yubatake in kusatsu onsen photographed by native expat 2020

Known as one of the 3 most famous onsens or hotspring regions in Japan (the others being Gero onsen in Gifu prefecture and Arima onsen in Hyogo prefecture), Kusatsu onsen in Gunma prefecture gushes out the most volume of onsen in Japan. Not only famous for its volume, its healing properties, proximity to a ski … Continue reading Ski into onsen: a long weekend away into Kusatsu Onsen

Noboribetsu, Hokkaido: A weekend in a steamy onsen demon town

For a couple of years, my husband has been dying to go to 🔥hell🔥; that is 地獄谷, Jigokudani or Hell Valley in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido (the northern island of Japan) famous for 温泉 (onsen, hot spring)♨. Japan has many famous onsen destinations but Noboribetsu is the most famous area in Hokkaido and is often highly ranked … Continue reading Noboribetsu, Hokkaido: A weekend in a steamy onsen demon town