Points of Interest

Spots you might want to visit on your travels. Includes photos, tips and tricks for making the most of each location so you know how much time to spend there and more!

Odaiba Illumination Tips & Info

Odaiba is a manmade island on Tokyo Bay, located just outside of the city. Its year-round lighting, known as Odaiba Illumination YAKEI is a popular tourist draw, and one of the main reasons people make the trek to the outskirts of Tokyo. Winter Illuminations are popular throughout Tokyo November through December, and there are some […]

Is Muir Woods Worth Visiting?

Muir Woods National Monument is a 550 acre park filled with old growth coastal redwoods; a humbling place just outside of San Francisco, California in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In this post, we’ll share some thoughts and photos of these giant trees. If you’ve never seen redwood and sequoia trees, it’s an absolute must-do on any […]

Kyoto Monkey Park Photos, Tips & Review

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This post features my photos from the park, plus tips for visiting this unique location, and a review of whether it’s worth the time and money. (Last updated September 2, 2017.) This monkey park in Kyoto is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), […]

360 Chicago Observation Deck Review

Formerly the John Hancock Building Observatory, 360 Chicago is the rebranded observation deck in the fourth-tallest building in Chicago, with an observatory and cafe at its higher levels overlooking Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. This post provides tips and a review of whether it’s worth your time and money to visit this observatory. Obviously, 360 […]

Review: Is the Robot Restaurant Worth It?

Robot Restaurant is a dinner show in Tokyo, Japan’s Shinjuku nightlife district, and features an array of dancers, special effects, and even robots. In this review, we’ll assess whether the Robot Restaurant is worth the money, what you should expect from visiting it, and also share a ton of photos from our experiences. (Last updated […]

Fushimi Inari Shrine Photos & Tips

Fushimi Inari is a free shrine in Kyoto, Japan with vermilion torii gates stretching endlessly. This post details our experience hiking through over 10,000 torii gates, shares photos of the experience, and offers tips for visiting Fushimi Inari, sometimes known as the “Fox Shrine” in Kyoto. We also “review” Fushimi Inari, but there’s not a […]

IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood Review

The IT Experience: Neibolt House is a free haunted house in Los Angeles, California on the corner of Hollywood Blvd & Vine St. In this post, we’ll review this new experience inspired by Warner Bros’ upcoming IT film and share some photos from the IT Experience. Due to the nature of the scares (which include […]

O.J. Simpson Museum Review

Chinatown’s Coagula Curatorial Gallery in Los Angeles has a new pop-up O.J. Simpson Museum, which features a plethora of pop culture memorabilia about the ‘Trial of the Century’ and all things O.J. Simpson. In this post, I’ll offer some thoughts from our visit to the O.J. Museum. Like many children of the 90s, the O.J. […]

Gamble House Tour Review

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California is an exemplar of Arts and Crafts architecture. A variety of docent-led tours are offered throughout the week, and the relatively low price (as compared to other architectural tours around Los Angeles) coupled with the intriguing style and history of the home make this a popular option for visitors […]

Big Island Bees Hawaii Tour

Big Island Bees offers tours to the general public of their beekeeping and honey production operation. As the name suggests, they are located on the Big Island of Hawaii, where you can find a small museum and gift shop (with free samples!) in addition to the beehive tour. The family-owned Big Island Bees allows visitors […]