Japan

Brickers’ Live Japan Trip Report

Konnichiwa from Japan! As we previously shared, we are in the midst of two-month Asia adventure, with stops at Mount Fuji, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Osaka before arriving at our main destination in Kyoto. We’ve already posted installments of this trip report from Tokyo and Hong Kong (obviously not Japan, but we’ll include it here), and […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 3

Our last full day in Tokyo was to be our most ambitious. Our original itinerary included Meiji Jingu, Robot Restaurant, Hedgehog Cafe Harry, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Fire Museum, Samurai Museum, Hanazono Shrine, and Himawari Zushi Shintoshin. If you haven’t read Day 2 of our Tokyo trip yet, you can catch up here. For Day […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 2

Following our first full day in Tokyo, we were up bright and early the next morning for tickets to Tsuta, another ramen restaurant. Actually, not just “another” ramen restaurant—the first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant. Luckily for us, it was only 15 minutes from our place. The process of getting the tickets was much more straightforward than […]

Tokyo Fall Trip Report – Day 1

The opening leg of our Japan odyssey was a long holiday weekend in Tokyo bookended by visits to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea for Halloween and Christmas. Our plan was do space those visits out with 5 days in the city, and we’ll cover those days in condensed fashion, along with some photos and video, here. […]

Bon Voyage!

Greetings from the Windy City! As I write this, Sarah and I are waiting to board our flight to Asia for a two month trip exploring Hong Kong and Japan (…but mostly Japan). Traveling for an extended period of time is an idea that has been percolating for a while for us. At the end […]

Kamakura Great Buddha & Kotokuin Temple Review

An hour south of Tokyo lies the seaside town of Kamakura, which is a popular side trip for visitors to Japan thanks to its “Daibutsu” Great Buddha of Kamakura statue and gorgeous Kotokuin Temple, among other things. In this post, we’ll share some thoughts and photos from our visit to Kamakura (namely, these two sites). […]

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 […]

Cool Japanese Vending Machines: Drink 2

In a previous post, I shared my odd infatuation with Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines. I wrote that back in this blog’s infancy after a couple of trips to Tokyo and Kyoto, during which I obsessed over finding and buying the oddest/coolest drinks I could find from Japan’s vending machines. Here we are 4 years and […]

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), […]

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 […]