Visiting the world’s largest Starbucks in Tokyo

Here at Nomadic Notes I like to make lists of cool independent cafes to visit in cities of Asia. I’m not against visiting chain cafes either, so when I saw that the world’s largest Starbucks store opened in Tokyo I had to pay a visit. Before this visit I had been to what was at […]

Notes on Kyoto – temple hopping and urban wanders

Kyoto is one of the most popular destinations in Japan, to the point that it has become a global symbol of the overtourism phenomenon. I’ve been to Japan a few times now but had not visited Kyoto. The thought of fighting my way through crowds wan’t appealing, but I knew I had to see for […]

Airbnb Review: Studio apartment near Ueno/Akihabara, Tokyo – Japan

Hostel Name: Studio apartment near Ueno/Akihabara, Tokyo. Address: Taito City, Tokyo, Japan. On this trip to Tokyo I stayed in a private apartment booked via Airbnb. I’ve been to Tokyo before so I had a general idea of where I might like to stay. To limit the overwhelming amount of areas to choose from I […]

Hostel Review: Piece Hostel Sanjo, Kyoto – Japan

Hostel Name: Piece Hostel Sanjo Address: 530 Asakura-cho, Kyoto, Japan. I stayed at the Piece Hostel Sanjo in Kyoto. This was my first time to Kyoto so I didn’t have a feel for what the best area would be. After a little research it looked like the area west of the Kamo River looked like […]

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 […]