Nijojo (Nijo Castle)

On our last day in Kyoto we had a late checkout so we decided to setoff for Nijojo, a castle not far from our accommodation. We walked along the Nijo streets and took it all in. Finally, we arrived at a fortress surrounded by a moat. We still did not see anyway in, the moat […]

A view of Kyoto while on our bike tour

Cycling Kyoto

Introducing ourselves to Kyoto took place with a booked bike tour. We went with Urban Adventures. Our bike tour departed from Kyoto Station with five Aussies and one Kiwi (that’s me).  First we ventured to the Kamo River which also gave us a taste of road and footpath etiquette. Some points to highlight, are:  In […]

Katana, samurai remake at Kyoto accommodation

Kyoto House

— Kyoyadoya Oyado Ichi In Kyoto we booked a traditional house for 2 days ‘Kyoyadoya Oyado Ichi’, it was located in Nijo which is about a 7 minute train ride from Kyoto Station. We made our way to the house at about 7:30pm as we had spent the day at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. […]

Universal Studios Japan Globe

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

The wow factor for Universal Studios Japan was huge. After a stressful morning of lugging around suitcases and working out Osaka’s train system, we arrived at USJ. We dropped suitcases off at lockers and walked through the entrance with admission tickets pre-purchased from Klook.  We walked in seeing the iconic spinning earth with ‘Universal’ wrapped […]

Osaka at 11pm

Arriving in Osaka

Arriving late into Osaka (Japan) from Cairns (Australia) was an event that got us to our hotel at 11pm, lucky for us Japan exudes safety. We caught the limousine bus service from the Kansai Airport to OCAT and from there we  ventured out on a very brisk walk with suitcases in tow to Nisshin Namba […]

A photo of kitchen bench with artwork in shot

Wayfarer Port Douglas

Flying out from Cairns to Japan, before our departure we spent 3 nights in Port Douglas (1 hour north of Cairns), a spot we hold dear to our hearts. The Air BnB ‘Wayfarer’ was our place of sanctuary and it provided red-carpet treatment, embodied in a relaxing, refreshing atmosphere. Wayfarer, located in Port Douglas is […]

Japanese electrical plug

Japan power

When traveling to Japan from Australia you should know they use different electrical plugs. They have two straight vertical pins. Therefore, it pays to get yourself a universal adapter or at least a Japanese to Aussie adapter. …and don’t do what I did and buy a universal adapter that has everything but a Japanese plug?! […]

Train going past with movement shot

Japan Rail (JR) Pass

We have a 7-day economy JR pass, which after running our schedule through the JR calculator saves us a few bucks but mostly saves us on time. After purchasing, we received an Exchange Order in Australia. We treat this as our actual pass until we arrive in Japan, locate the nearest JR Exchange office and […]

Sim card purchase laid out

Ordering a Japanese sim card

To save a few dollars and have the internet while out and about, we opted to buy sim cards for our mobile phones while in Japan. The sim cards have unlimited data and can be used for 15 days once activated. Costing AUD $30 per card. This deal was found on Amazon Australia with the […]

Yen (JPY) laid out

Figuring out the Yen (JPY)

Converting the Australian Dollar (AUD) to the Japanese Yen (JPY) takes a bit to get use to. To help with the conversion rates I refer to this quick guide. Although it’s dependent on the rate at the time it gives a good enough idea to roughly navigate the cost of items and money we are […]