February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass

Most people know sakura or cherry blossoms to peak around late March to early April, but these lovely flowers can actually be seen blooming as early as mid-February. Known as kawazu zakura, these type of cherry blossoms can usually be seen gracing the coastal regions of Miura in Kanagawa. What’s more is that with the Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass, you can enjoy round-trip tickets from Shinagawa to Miura, a tuna meal from one of the 32 participating restaurants and free entry to one leisure facility, too! Below are two sample itineraries you can follow when using the pass. Continue reading “February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass”

What to Eat in Hiroshima

Date Visited: December 19-20, 2017

Hiroshima may often be associated with atomic bombs and WWII, but outside its tragic past, Hiroshima is also a place of arresting scenery and mouthwatering eats. I went to Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island in mid-December and here are some of my tastiest finds.

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When in Shizuoka, Eat Oden

Whenever September rolls in, convenience stores in Japan can be seen stocking stainless steel containers near the counter. Inside, an array of various ingredients—boiled eggs, sausages, fish cakes, radish, etc.—all soaked in brownish broth. This is oden, a traditional Japanese comfort food often enjoyed in the cold weather. Although popular in fall and winter, it can be eaten all year round, with stalls and restaurants that specialize in making them. Continue reading “When in Shizuoka, Eat Oden”