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!

2-Day Los Angeles Itinerary

Our 2-day Los Angeles itinerary offers a step-by-step touring plan for experiencing the best things to do in L.A., with a trip to the top beach, excellent California food, and free attractions. It’s an efficient plan-of-attack for Los Angeles, and while you’ll see and do a lot, we’ve also tried to allow for some relaxed, […]

Unryu-in Temple Review & Tips: Kyoto, Japan Info

Unryu-in Temple in Kyoto is known for the views offered its beautiful windows into the Japanese gardens, which differ in each of the four seasons. In this post, we’ll share photos from our visit to Unryuin during its fall nighttime illumination, recount the somewhat-bizarre anecdote of our journey there, and provide our take as to […]

Nyhavn: #1 Thing to Do in Copenhagen, Denmark

Our first day in Copenhagen, Denmark we had two priorities on our itinerary: Tivoli Gardens, which we’ve already covered, and Nyhavn. I had seen photos of these vibrantly gabled town house facades that line the boat-filled canal, and wanted the chance to see and photograph this scene on a beautiful, sunny day. We opted to […]

Tsukiji Fish Market Moving to Toyosu: What to Know for Fall 2018 & Beyond

Tsukiji is a large wholesale fish market in Japan that is one of the top things to do in Tokyo. It’s soon to be partially replaced by Toyosu Market, where wholesale activity and the world famous tuna auctions will occur. In this post, we’ll offer info about the changes, and whether you should plan a […]

Saitama, Japan Railway Museum: Tokyo Half-Day Trip

Railway Museum in Saitama showcases the history of railways in Japan, with train cars you can go inside, interactive simulators, and exhibits detailing the evolution of railway technology. In this post, we’ll take a photo tour of the Railway Museum, and offer thoughts on whether it’s worth the commute to visit as a half-day trip […]

Jojakkoji Temple Review, Info & Tips (Kyoto, Japan)

Jojakkoji (常寂光寺) is a peaceful temple at the base of Arashiyama’s mountains in Kyoto, Japan. In this post, we’ll discuss whether this temple is worth your time and money, offer transportation info for getting there, and share photos of Jojakkoji Temple. I won’t bury the lede–I love Jojakkoji Temple. If you’ve read our 1-Day Western Kyoto Itinerary, you might […]

SCMaglev and Railway Park: Nagoya, Japan’s Bullet Train Museum

SCMaglev and Railway Park is a museum in Nagoya, Japan devoted to the Shinkansen, Superconducting Maglev, and other high-speed trains. In this post, we’ll review the railroad museum, share photos of the exhibits, tips for visiting, and our thoughts as to whether it’s worth your time and money. The SCMaglev museum is operated by Central […]

Edo-Tokyo Museum Review: Journey into Japan’s History

The Edo-Tokyo Museum offers an interactive walk-through of Japan’s history via exhibits that present a hands-on timeline of the city from the Edo Period through modern times. In this post, we’ll review the Edo-Tokyo Museum, offer tips for visiting, and share photos from the museum. Simply put, the Edo-Tokyo Museum is one of my favorite […]

Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Griffith Observatory is a planetarium and astronomy museum in California, a great free thing to do in Los Angeles, with excellent panoramic views (including of the Hollywood Sign) and a good starting point for hikes. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the […]

Konkaikomyoji or Kurodani Temple: Serene Atmosphere in Kyoto, Japan

Kurodani, or its formal name of Konkaikomyo-ji, is a free temple in Northeast Kyoto located near Path of Philosophers. Here, we’ll share photos of Kurodani, info & tips for including this in your Japan itinerary, and why we recommend visiting Konkaikomyoji Temple. Perched atop Yoshida Hill, which is home to a trio of temples and […]