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Best Coffee Shops in Kyoto, Japan

Some of Japan’s best independent coffee shops and cafes can be found in Kyoto, which is one of the world’s hottest places for third wave coffee. While Kyoto is famous for its tea ceremonies and matcha, locals are actually more coffee-obsessed. This list features our favorite coffee shops in Kyoto, including a couple that are must-do […]

Where to Eat in Kyoto, Japan: Best Restaurants & Dining Guide

Kyoto, Japan has some of the world’s best restaurants, great teahouses, coffee shops, and more. This dining guide covers where to eat in Kyoto, listing the top spots for a variety of price points, from cheap ramen to high-rolling kaiseki multi-course dinners. This includes the best izakaya, tempura, soba, udon, ramen, katsu, unagi, sushi, and okonomiyaki […]

Ultimate Los Angeles City Guide

Our Los Angeles city guide offers tips to plan a Southern California vacation, including best things to do, transportation info, where to eat in L.A., hotel suggestions, and more. Los Angeles is one of our favorite cities in the world, and we’ll provide you insider tips to experience both the touristy highlights and hidden gems. […]

Kyoto, Japan Fall Trip Report – Part 1

It’s almost the heart of fall colors season in Japan, which follows our recent two-week stay in Kyoto. In this trip report, we’ll share thoughts on our experiences, the crush of crowds, and various other perspectives on Kyoto. I’ll also scatter random (and not-so-random) photos throughout, as I took thousands of them and know I won’t […]

Our Favorite Ramen in Tokyo, Japan

There’s no shortage of ‘Best Ramen in Tokyo, Japan’ lists on the internet. We thought we’d take a different approach in sharing our favorites. Instead of focusing solely on highly-acclaimed, Michelin-starred places far from tourist areas or easy to find chains, we thought we’d do both. Our rationale for this is pretty simple: meal time […]

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 […]

Restaurant Reviews & Food Guide for Universal Studios Japan

Our Universal Studios Japan restaurant reviews feature food photos from dining spots throughout the park, menu photos, and tips for what to order while at this theme park in Osaka. From cute snacks to hearty meals, and Harry Potter to Hello Kitty, we’ve got you covered! We love USJ, and visit with regularity. However, the […]

Shake Shack v. In-N-Out: The Time Traveler’s Guide

When flying from Japan to California recently, we did what some experts said was impossible: dined at Shake Shack and then traveled back in time to eat at In-N-Out on the same night. Others have compared these two fine burger establishments, but none have been scientifically reliable, carefully controlling important variables. No one else has eaten at […]

1-Day Kobe, Japan Itinerary

This Kobe itinerary offers a step-by-step touring plan for visiting the best museums, seeing the harbor & port highlights, and eating at the best beef you can find in Japan. In so doing, we detail the must-see points of interest, all of which are easily accessibly via walking and public transit in Kobe, Japan. Our […]

Best Ramen Restaurants in Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, there are over 1,600 temples and shrines in Kyoto, but did you know there are over 200 ramen shops?! While many tourists make the pilgrimage to Japan’s cultural capital of Kyoto for the temples and shrines, the city’s culinary culture should not be overlooked. There’s no shortage of lists compiling the “best ramen restaurants in […]