Japan is an incredibly interesting and beautiful country, and Kyoto is perhaps its most historically significant city. We recently spent a weekend in Kyoto, Japan’s former capital. There wasn’t enough time to see and do everything, but we managed to hit several of the highlights. Kyoto is easy to get around by subway, bus, and … More Kyoto, Japan with Kids
For Labor Day weekend, we enjoyed a few days in Kyoto, Japan. We chose to stay at the Westin Miyako Kyoto hotel. In retrospect, we wish we had booked a traditional Japanese ryokan. While the rooms at the Westin were clean and comfortable and the location within walking distance to a train station and several things … More Travel Review: Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan. I traveled with a friend who was an ideal travel companion, and we made the most of our time each day exploring the city. Although it’s covered in snow for many months of the year, the summer weather … More Sapporo, Japan
My 10-year-old daughter has been reading the Harry Potter book series, and as a special Mommy-Daughter trip last week, we went to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, so we could go to Harry Potter World. Our hotel concierge helped us buy admission tickets and express passes to Universal Studios in advance, which was a huge help, since they sell out of express passes … More Osaka, Japan with Kids: Universal Studios Japan
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is a must-see for travelers spending time in Osaka, Japan. I’ve been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the New England Aquarium in Boston, and many others, and I can say with certainty that the Osaka Aquarium is among the best aquariums in the world. … More Osaka, Japan with Kids: Kaiyukan Aquarium
I recently had the pleasure of staying four nights at the Hyatt Regency in Osaka, Japan. I was greeted upon check-in by manager Jen Lee, who quickly demonstrated for us the true definition of hospitality. She upgraded our room and provided us with ample information to get us started on planning our visit. She found … More Travel Review: Hyatt Regency Osaka
You may have noticed that I slacked off on my blogging quite a bit this past year. After my grandiose resolutions of writing more in 2012, I’d like to be able to say it was because I was working on my novel and other projects. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Life slapped me upside the … More Is it really a new year?