Notes on Osaka – A city break dedicated to eating and urban wandering

My first visit to Osaka in 1999 was as a stopover en route to the USA. I was there for less than a day, so it barely counts as a visit. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the first day of my expat life. I was on my way the the […]

Flight Review: Peach – Osaka Kansai to Taipei

Flight: Peach MM 23 From: Kansai International Airport (KIX) To: Taipei (TPE) I flew with Peach from Osaka to Taipei. I compared flights with Kayak, and Peach worked out to be the best for price and time of day. I’ve never flown with Peach before either, so I was curious to try a new airline. […]

Guesthouse Review: Yoshi’s House, Osaka – Japan

Hotel Name: Yoshi’s House Address: 1 Chome-10-14 Nanbanaka, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Japan. Summary: I stayed in Yoshi’s House in Osaka, Japan. I booked online and picked it out for its proximity to Namba Station, one of the main transport hubs of Osaka. It’s hard to find a cheap single room in Osaka, so I was […]

Where I’m At: July, 2018 – Osaka edition

Greetings from Osaka and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. Where I’ve Been Luang Prabang I ended up spending a week in Luang Prabang, and it turned out to be a productive stay. I was mainly interested in exploring the town, so […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Kansai, Osaka – Japan

Hotel Name: Hotel Kansai Address: 9-15 Togano-cho, Kita-ku, Umeda, Osaka, Japan. Summary: I stayed at the Hotel Kansai in Osaka. I booked it for its price and location near Osaka Station, with the price being $41.60 USD per night. That’s about as cheap as it gets for a private room with your own bathroom. I […]

Flight Review: HK Express – Hong Kong to Osaka Kansai

Flight: HK Express UO 898 From: Hong Kong (HKG) To: Kansai International Airport (KIX) I flew with HK Express from Hong Kong to Osaka Kansai. HK Express is a Hong Kong-based low-cost airline operating with Airbus A320 aircraft from their Hong Kong Airport base. They mostly fly to destinations in East Asia and selected Southeast […]

Green spaces of Tokyo

As the biggest city in the world (by most definitions), Tokyo is not exactly famous for its greenery. Concrete jungle, sure. Actual jungle, not so much. [Tokyo – it’s a jungle out there.] I was a guest of the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, and I spent a day visiting gardens and green spaces of […]

Flight Review: ANA – Tokyo Haneda to Sydney

Flight: All Nippon Airways NH 879 From: Tokyo Haneda (HND) To: Sydney (SYD) I flew with ANA from Tokyo to Sydney. My flight was arranged by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau who provided the flight for my trip. This was the return leg of my flight from Sydney to Tokyo. Like my SYD-HND flight, […]

Sotetsu Fresa Tokyo Kyobashi – a mid-range hotel near Tokyo Station

Hotel Name: Sotetsu Fresa Tokyo Kyobashi Address: 〒104-0031 Tokyo, Chuo, Kyobashi, 2−11−1, Japan I stayed at Sotetsu Fresa Inn in Tokyo. I was a guest of the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau who provided the accommodation for my trip. The Fresa Inn is a mid-range hotel that is about 10 minutes walk from Tokyo main […]

Hotel Review: Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Towada – Japan

Hotel Name: Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel Address: 231 〒034-0398, Tochikubo Okuse, Towada, Aomori Prefecture 034-0301, Japan I stayed at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel in Towada, Japan. I stayed here as a guest of Aomori Prefecture tourism. The Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a resort-style 4-star luxury hotel. Hoshino Resort Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based […]