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The Ultimate Guide to Harajuku! What to See, Eat, Buy and Do in Tokyo's Hippest Neighbourhood

The Ultimate Guide to Harajuku! What to See, Eat, Buy and Do in Tokyo's Hippest Neighbourhood

Exploring Harajuku is more than just walking down the famed Takeshita Dori Street. There are so many side alleys and hidden shops you need to explore to get a real sense of what Harajuku is all about and not just the touristy side of things. I’ve tried to make this list an easy to follow walking path from the station so you don’t have to backtrack too much!

Ultimate Guide to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

Ultimate Guide to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

When you think of visiting Japan, no doubt one of the first things you'll imagine is walking into an ancient temple, painted bright vermillion, the smells of incense wafting the air. One of the most iconic of these temples is Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo. Perhaps the most visited temple in Tokyo, Sensoji is also the oldest temple in the city with over half millennia of stories to tell.

The Ultimate Souvenir Shopping Guide, Mexico City

The Ultimate Souvenir Shopping Guide, Mexico City

Shopping in Mexico City was one of my favourite activities when I visited this city! I found so many incredible things; textiles, interior decor items, sugar skulls, vintage clothing and more! I loved bartering in the markets and scouring the antique stores for lost treasures. Souvenir shopping in Mexico City is so affordable that you’ll want to get something for everyone so I’ve complied a list of my ‘must-buy’ and places places to shop for your friends and family, and most of all - for yourself!

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Tokyo's Electric Otaku District, Nakano

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Tokyo's Electric Otaku District, Nakano

Blocks away from Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in Tokyo, you'll find Nakano. Nakano feels like the amalgamation of everything we dream about Japan being. You can find some of the best ramen shops, grandmothers dumplings, bustling Japanese shopping centers and the best in Japanese pop culture. And the best part about Nakano is that it's a low-rise neighbourhood, meaning that unlike Shinjuku with it's towering neon skyscrapers, this feels more like a quiet suburban community.

Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Village of Arashiyama: What to See, Buy and Eat!

Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Village of Arashiyama: What to See, Buy and Eat!

Arashiyama Village is more than the Bamboo Grove and monkey forest which surround it. Taking a walk down the busy streets and quiet laneways of the small town is an excellent way to experience Japanese culinary treats, see traditional Japanese architecture and explore some lovely shops selling souvenirs and hand made crafts.

What You Should Skip Doing in New York City (and what to do instead)

What You Should Skip Doing in New York City (and what to do instead)

Over the years, I stopped trying to see all the "top attractions" and instead started to explore smaller areas of the city. I stayed in one spot and dug in deep there. I stopped paying attention to the things that bothered me and instead focused on the beauty of what was around me. While I'm never a fan of avoiding certain touristy things just because they "popular", there are definitely some things over-hyped parts of town. I've learned from exploring New York so many times what's worth avoiding and what's worth your attention, time and money.

Top 10 Best Things to do in Phoenix, Arizona

Top 10 Best Things to do in Phoenix, Arizona

I might just be a snowbird to this city in the sun but it is my beloved surrogate city. It has been my home away from home, my shelter from emotional storms, my warm blanket from the bitter Canadian winters and overall just the coolest place in the USA, in mu humble opinion. Maybe I'm biased towards this place but Phoenix is so often overlooked for those exploring travel to the US and I wanted to make this list to show off all the amazing things that this city has to offer for locals and visitors alike!

Your ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Osaka in 24 Hours

Your ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Osaka in 24 Hours

Osaka is one of the most vibrant cities in Japan, and while it's also one of the largest, exploring key parts of this historic town can easily be accomplished in one single day. While spending more time here is always recommended to get to know the inner workings and subtleties of the city, if you're just stopping over you can easily fill your day with exciting things to do and amazing places to eat.

A Guide to Budapest's Great Market Hall

A Guide to Budapest's Great Market Hall

The Great Market Hall or "Nagyvásárcsarnok" is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. Despite the dozens and dozens of tourists with their cameras out, this place is a favourite with locals and the best place to come to get fresh produce, Hungarian specialities, a quick meal or a sweet treat.

Exploring Glasgow's Buchanan Street

Exploring Glasgow's Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street is the main shopping thoroughfare in Glasgow. The Glaswegians were out in full force today. Soaking up every last bit of summer they would get! It was a day clear of rain, and you could tell everyone was the better for it!
 

Guide to Glasgow's West End

Guide to Glasgow's West End

To visit some of Scotland hipest shops and restaurants, we headed off to Glasgow's infamous Ashton Lane. Ashton Lane is a cobblestone backstreet in the West end lined with bars, restaurants and even a cinema. All of these places are housed in the old, brick houses that have stood on this street for ages. 

Exploring Ameya-Yokochō Market

Exploring Ameya-Yokochō Market

The name Ameya-Yokochō comes from the word "ameya" which in Japanese means "candy store". After WWII sugar was hard to obtain but in this area of Japan, there were many candy stores still selling the precious sweets. Even today you can still find a few stores selling Japanese candy.

Guide to Shopping in Asakusa

Guide to Shopping in Asakusa

Asakusa is located Tokyo's <i>Shitamachi</i>, or "lower city". The Shitamachi district of Tokyo is a place where the old ways not only survive but flourish alongside modernization. It is named the "lower city" because, in the Edo period, this was the red light district, then considered a "lower" form of entertainment. These days the "red light" aspects of entertainment have disappeared but have been replaced with more socially acceptable forms of entertainment like shopping, cinemas and restaurants.

Quick Guide to Ginza, Tokyo

Quick Guide to Ginza, Tokyo

Ginza is a district of Chūō, in Toky. Ginza is the Rodeo Drive of Tokyo, filled with upscale shopping malls featuring luxury boutiques and brands.

Nighttime Guide to Akihabara

 Nighttime Guide to Akihabara

Nighttime in Akihabara for us went the same way every night. We would come home from a long day of walking around Tokyo, dump our stuff, and head out to find something delicious. We were never disappointed. We never lacked for options. And never lacking for excitement

Best Spots in Omotesando Hills

Best Spots in Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills are located right beside Harajuku, and despite their proximity, they could not be more different. Harajuku is where you'll find alternative fashion for the experimental youth of Tokyo while Omotesando is where you'll find an elegant fashion, shopping and entertainment neighbourhood. The tree-lined boulevards of Omotesando often remind people of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Guide to Shinjuku, the Neon City Tokyo

Guide to Shinjuku, the Neon City Tokyo

If you’re looking for the busiest, liveliest, brightest, craziest area to stay while visiting Tokyo, there is no other option for you other than Shinjuku. Shinjuku is home to the world’s busiest railways station, where more than two million passengers flow through their hallways each day. 

Guide to The Tsukiji Fish Market

Guide to The Tsukiji Fish Market

If there's one thing everyone thinks of when thinking of Japan, it's fish. Sushi, deadly puffer fish, sashimi, sea urchin and more! Fish is one of Japan's biggest exports, and the best place to see where it comes from and how it gets to tables all over the world is at the <b>Tsukiji Fish Market</b>. Located in the lower east side of Tokyo, the market sits between the Sumida River and the luxury shopping district of Ginza. Professional chefs and homemakers alike make the rounds here every day to searching out the best for their family and their customers.

Guide to Nakano Broadway, Tokyo

Guide to Nakano Broadway, Tokyo

Nakano Broadway is an indoor shopping complex with over five floors of anime, manga, figurines, rare toys and retro electronics along with lots of generic Japanese Pop Culture goodies. If you are into "otaku" (nerd) culture or want to get all nostalgic over retro toys or just are looking for a super neat place to wander on a rainy day you HAVE to check out Nakano Broadway.