Filipe Varela

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Mata ne, Nippon

Our last day in Japan would have been uneventful, if not for the last minute hassle. We nearly missed our flight, which wouldn’t be so bad anyway…<p>We …

The last stroll

We got our market stroll and shopping done before the morning was half gone, so walked to the Imperial Palace gardens to try to see the palace.<p>Little …

Tsukiji lush

This was our last full day in Tokyo and the plan was simple: head to Tsukiji market early in the morning, for gift shopping, head to the Imperial …

Newfangled Odaiba

After the previous failed attempt to visit Odaiba, the afternoon was dedicated to wander around the huge artificial island in Tokyo Bay, while the …

Hi again, Tokyo

The last days of our trip were reserved to fully enjoy Tokyo without any type of pressure and to get some shopping done.<p>We headed to Akihabara to …

Deer Nara

The night before, we had talked about day 16 being our last in Kyoto and, although something was missing, we couldn’t put our finger on it. And then …

Peace at Shoren-in

The original plan for the afternoon after coming back from the ryokan was to take the train to Nara, but Tomoko-san and Satoko-san gave us so many …

Rise and shine

After a well-rested night we were ready for a second round of the gorgeous and delicious Japanese traditional cuisine. And then Shiraume gave …

Kaiseki Dinner

After the amazing bath experience, we felt refreshed and new, so we got into our yukatas and headed to the dining room for our twelve course dinner, …

Shiraume ryokan

The art of welcoming guests is very present in the Japanese culture. Whether you are just a confused tourist at the station, or you need something at …

Tanabata Festival

The Milky Way separated the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, but they are allowed to meet once every year, which is of course the perfect time for a …

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Guarded by foxes, the messengers of Inari, we hiked the path of the thousand red torii, exploring Mount Inari and its inner shrines, unveiling their …

Visiting Osaka

The plan was to go to Osaka and spend the day there, but we were completely defeated by the sun and heat. We did, however, managed to visit the …

Precious Kinkaku-ji

After seeing the macaques we pedalled for 40 minutes until we reached the Kinkaku-ji, a golden Japanese temple that is quite the view.<p>Riding on the …

Bamboo & Monkeys

By the third day in Kyoto we knew already that everything was pretty spread apart, so we needed to rent bikes to see what we wanted to see.<p>Onigiri …

Magical Kiyomizu-dera

A few hours later, walking from Ginkaku-ji, we got to Kiyomizu-dera, a temple in the middle of the mountains that leaves everyone in absolute awe …

Eastern Kyoto

By the third day we knew Kyoto is a big city. The rhythm is very different from Tokyo but things are more spread out and you have to walk a lot more …

Memories in Maruyama

Despite an amazing sightseeing walk, the morning had been rough. Relaxation was in order and Maruyama park was our place of choice.<p>At the end of …

Nijo and its gardens

On the first full day in Kyoto we dragged ourselves through the streets, under the scorching sun, with the goal of visiting the Imperial gardens and …

9h sleep

The concept is simple: 9 hours. One hour to check-in and shower, seven hours to sleep in your pod, and an additional hour to get ready in the morning.<p>…

Yokoso Kyoto!

It was time to get on the train and head to Kyoto for a break from hectic Tokyo. The Shinkansen is definitely the way to travel — it’s quiet, …

See you later, Tokyo

This was our last day in Tokyo before going to Kyoto, and it couldn’t have been better. We decided to keep it simple and walk from Harajuku, through …

Fun at DisneySea

The plan was simple: take the train to Odaiba and spend the day there, taking in the Tokyo Bay area sights. But Disney Tokyo was on the way, and we …

Matsuri in Asakusa

On the last Saturday of July the yukatas got out of the closets and headed to a summer festival in Asakusa. Without knowing it, we did the same …

High up in Roppongi

Roppongi is a big shopping district and from Roppongi Hills, a 50 something story high building, you can see Tokyo from above, and it’s almost …

Piss Alley

When we got to Tokyo after visiting Nikko we were starving, and what’s the best place to have a late dinner if not Shinjuku?<p>We got out of Shinjuku …

Be one with Nikko

After a hefty, Hawaiian-themed breakfast, we hopped on the Shinkansen to visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage temples and shrines of Nikko.<p>Lena on …

An evening in Yokohama

Before heading home on the 4th day, we stopped by Minato Mirai 21, a large modern area in Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan.<p>One of the …

Spiritual Kamakura

After hectic Tsukiji we decided Kamakura would be a good half-day trip from Tokyo, and it couldn’t have been more soothing.<p>Mario is his co-pilot. Why …

Tsukiji market

When we arranged for a guided visit to the Tsukiji market we had in mind that we were going to visit the biggest fish market in the world, but we had …