eating strawberries mid bite

Ichigo gari we will go (strawberry u-pick & eat in Ibaraki)

Sakuragawa City in Ibaraki prefecture is famous for strawberries. It borders Tochigi prefecture, which is the pinnacle of strawberries in Japan! On an unseasonably cold late April morning, we piled into the van for the land of strawberries. After an hour of twisting, skinny, rural roads past rice fields and through towns, the landscape changed to thick strands of…

futuristic boat leaving pier

Tokyo’s Boats: ducking bridges and sea sick romance

With rivers cutting through and the ocean at its toes, Tokyo has the advantage of water for a slower and softer way of getting around. Two options are the waterbus to cross the Sumida River and a night cruise around Tokyo Bay. Mizube Line My parents and I discovered the Mizube Line by accident. After visiting the thorough Edo Tokyo Museum…

boarding a train in Choshi

Online transportation planner – Hyperdia!

I love the tiny details when planning a trip. This includes looking at different routes, considering alternate forms of transport and figuring out how much it will cost. When I lived in Japan, Hyperdia was my best friend. This fantastic online transportation database helped me check travel times and routes from my apartment to anywhere in…

baby's playpen

Taking baby to Japan – the post party

We took our adorable (of course!) baby to Japan in early 2014. It was our first time flying with baby-chan. And our first trip longer than a few hours. And our first time crossing several time zones. Despite a lot of travel experience and perhaps because we are now befuddled parents, we hadn’t counted on…