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!

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 […]

Robot Restaurant Review & Discount Ticket Info

Robot Restaurant is a show in Tokyo, Japan’s Shinjuku nightlife district, and features dancers, special effects, monsters, and more. In this review, we’ll assess whether the Robot Restaurant is worth the money, how to buy discount Robot Restaurant tickets, what you should expect, and also share a ton of photos from our experiences. (Last updated […]

The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

Nara, Japan is an excellent place to visit, and a big part of this is the wild deer that roam the city. You read that correctly. So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “gee, I really want to go to a park where I can interact with and feed a bunch of deer” then it’s […]

Shinjuku Samurai Museum: Tokyo Highlight or Gimmick?

The Samurai Museum is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, with exhibits featuring swords & armor, and a sword battle experience. In this review, we’ll cover whether it’s worth the money and time. Most importantly, we’ll offer feedback as to whether this attraction in Tokyo’s notorious Kabukicho district is actually a bona-fide museum, or just a tourist trap. […]

Heian Shrine Review, Info & Tips

Heian Shrine (平安神宮, Heian Jingū) was built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto’s founding as capital of Japan. This modern re-creation is a 5/8 scale replica of the original Hiean Palace. In this post, we’ll discuss whether this free shrine is worth your time, if the paid gardens are worth the money, and […]