Mount Fuji, Mt. Fuji. Fuji-san, Fujinawa, Japan, Asia, Travel, Mountain, hiking, climbing, hike, trail, solo, female, outdoor 2
Most travelers to Japan have seen Mount Fuji, but few actually get to climb it due to its short climbing season (July-September) and the time/physical commitment required. Even so, Mount Fuji is still the most visited mountain in the world, with about 30,000 people climbing it every year. Its popularity […]

10 tips before you climb Mount Fuji

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Why YouTube? While planning my trip to Japan, I often turned to YouTube to get travel tips and see the locations I wanted to visit ahead of time. The videos gave me a feeling of familiarity and eased my mind for my first trip solo. Because they helped me so […]

Have you seen our YouTube channel yet?

Oiri Sushi, food, sashimi, Japanese, Japan, Tokyo, Restaurant, local, travel, fish, seafood, foodie, blog, tips
I have mentioned before that I ate extremely well in Japan, even though I am a picky eater. Before going to Japan, I had once eaten and disliked raw fish sushi. Sashimi, was something I would never actively choose to eat, but Japan made me want to be adventurous for […]

Oiri Sushi: Dining Well in Tokyo

Mashiko, Japan, Ceramics, Pottery, Solo, Female, Travel, Blog, best, visit, indigo, dye, shibori, tourism, train
  4 Reasons to visit the Town of Mashiko Mashiko is a town known for ceramics and if you follow my Instagram from the very beginning, you might know that I am an amateur potter. My love for ceramics meant I had to visit this town while in Japan. Pottery […]

4 Reasons to Visit the Town of Mashiko

  Every year thousands of people flock to Hiroshima to remember the victims of the first atomic bomb. On August 6th, paper lanterns are lit and released into the night with the names of loved ones and wishes of world peace and nuclear disarmament. If you visit Japan during this […]

Hiroshima Peace Ceremony

Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima, Japan, Food, Culture, pancake, local cuisine, travel
Okonomiyaki Okonomi What? The name is a little hard to pronounce, but I can attest that Okonomiyaki is delicious! Some refer to it as a pancake, but it’s a lot more than that. Okonomiyaki is what we would call the “Kitchen sink” in the US. It has several layers of […]

Okonomiyaki: Hiroshima Cuisine

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  Itsukushima Shrine Another UNESCO Heritage Site (maybe everything in Japan is a UNESCO site ), Itsukushima Shrine is the main shrine in the small island that sits across Hiroshima. In fact, the shrine is so important to the island, that Miyajima was literally named “The Shrine’s Island”. The shrine […]

Itsukushima Shrine

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    Miyajima Island Located in the South of Japan’s main island, Miyajima island is better known for its beautiful, enormous Tori gate that stands in marshland and is often partially covered in water. To one side it stands tall against the green mountains of Miyajima island while on the […]

Miyajima Island and Strange Butt Cracks

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A brief visit to Himeji Castle As hard as it was to leave Kyoto, after a few days it was time to move on. My next stop was Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited castle in Japan. I was super interested to visit Himeji for […]

Un unexpected connection at Himeji Castle