Reports

Kyoto, Japan Trip Recap – Summer 2018

We just returned from another trip to Japan, having spent a week in Kyoto during early July before continuing on to Tokyo. In this post, we’ll recap our visit to Kyoto, sharing some of what we experienced. Rather than this being a play-by-play trip report, this will mostly contain photos and observations (plus some condensed […]

Why We Love San Francisco

In case it wasn’t obvious from the title, we love San Francisco. It’s one of the best cities in California, and the United States. In this post, we’ll cover the things we enjoy doing in San Francisco, and why we enjoy spending time in the city. This is in no way, shape, or form a […]

Kyoto Hanatoro 2018: Higashiyama & Arashiyama

Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōuro) is a set of illumination events in Kyoto, Japan that occur in mid-March and mid-December in the Higashiyama and Arashiyama districts, during which thousands of lanterns light the streets, there are public art displays, and other illumination events. Translated literally to “Lanterns and Flower Lane,” Hanatoro is a festival in Kyoto that […]

Kyoto Fall & Winter Trip Report – Part 3

All right! We’re finally back with the final installment of our Kyoto Fall & Winter Trip Report (if you’ve missed it, start with Part 1); the culmination of our 2-month stay in Japan. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover in this final installment, so rather than beginning with a rambling introduction, I’m going to […]

Japan Fall Colors & Autumn Foliage Guide

In this post, we’ll share some autumn foliage forecasts for places throughout Japan, including Tokyo, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Himeji, Hikone, and Mount Fuji. After that, we’ll look at specific temples and shrines–including some autumn illuminations–in Kyoto. We cover the best spots for fall colors, and when you can expect those locations to peak. (Last updated February 2018.) […]

Our Experience in South Korea

With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea today, I thought it’d be a perfect time to finally share our experience visiting nearby Seoul with a quick trip report and 50+ photos from our travels. Although it’s been a couple of years now, we think a lot of viewers are going to fall […]

Kyoto Fall & Winter Trip Report – Part 2

It’s been a while since our two months in Japan ended (and since Part 1 of our Kyoto Trip Report), and this recap seems to be losing steam, both on my end and in terms of reader interest. Rather than dragging it out unnecessarily, I’m going to wrap it up with two final installments. I […]

Castle to Castle: Himeji to Hikone – Japan Trip Report

Our original plan for our first full day in Kyoto was to relax and decompress. It was a weekend during foliage season, meaning all of the tourist spots with fall colors would be crazy-busy. The day before, I suggested maybe we should do something in Osaka or Nara to get more value out of our […]

Hiroshima Japan Fall Trip Report

It’s been a while since the last installment of our Japan Fall & Winter Trip Report, but we pick up from our Miyajima installment with our other days in Hiroshima. Our first night in Hiroshima, we did some work before heading to downtown for dinner, walking to a place called Sushitei Kamiyacho. This was among the […]

Brickers’ Fall & Winter Japan Trip Report

Konnichiwa from Japan! During our trip, we made stops at Mount Fuji, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Osaka before arriving in Kyoto. We’ve already posted photo-heavy installments of this trip report from Tokyo through Nagoya, and will have the other parts of the report soon. (Last updated January 24, 2018.)  This post basically just functions as a […]