Top 5: Osaka.

I really enjoyed Osaka. It's well located, has a good mix of past and present, and is easy to get round thanks to its efficient and vast subway system. Though it's hard, I've decided to pick out my top 5 favourite things about Osaka. In no particular order: Dotombori. This is the infamous "neon dream" [...]

That time I stayed in a Buddhist Temple.

I mentioned in passing that during my time in Osaka, I stayed in a Buddhist Temple, and vowed to share that experience with you. My apologies for leaving it so long, but you know, life. No time like the present, so here it is. Rows of Buddhist statues. Back in July of 2016, husband and [...]

Kawachinagano.

You may or may not have heard of Kawachinagano. It's a city located in Osaka prefecture, and if you find yourself anywhere near it, I highly recommend a visit. Kawachinagano. Kawachinagano was founded on April 1st 1954, and is often also called Okukawachi. Whilst the city itself is relatively new, it's surroundings are steeped in [...]

Shop at your stop: Namba Walk.

Namba Walk is an impressive expanse of shops and restaurants, squirrelling through subway Midosuji Line Namba station at a length of 715m from east to west. It's a fascinating, and very commercialised, way of utilising dead space in an underground station.  Having travelled on more than one subway system in Japan, I can attest that [...]

Osaka Castle

One of the best known, and most popular attractions, of Osaka is arguably it's castle. Nestled within grand ramparts, the stark white walls and the Jade green roof sits in contrast to the blue of the sky; it's a bewitching sight. Let's delve into its rich history, and discover why it's such a symbolic part [...]