A love letter to Japan

Cheap tickets and long distances

Fushimi Inari, Neko Café and Japanese grandmas

Yōkoso!

Welcome to my blog about Japan! My name is Iris and on TOKYO AND BEYOND I’ll inform you about any Japan related topic from Anime to Zen. I won’t only write about my own travel experiences, but I’ll also give you a summary of any Japanese city, prefecture or sight that you could possibly be interested in. In addition to this you can find lots of useful advice on how to plan your own trip to Japan and a whole bunch of curiosities and fun facts concerning travel etiquette and Japanese culture. If you want to know more then feel free to browse through my blog :)

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Chapter 5 – Showdown at House of Blue Leaves
 

Chapter 5 – Showdown at House of Blue Leaves

If you want to know what this “Chapter 5 – Showdown at House of Blue Leaves” thing is all about, why I was super happy about it, and if you want to know who we met then continue reading!   Friday, november 20th 2016 Today we’re getting up earlier than...
Finally going to Tokyo
 

Finally going to Tokyo

Our journey goes on and we’re finally make it to the coolest city on earth – TOKYO! If you want to know what we’ve seen on our first day in this megacity, and if you also want to know which strange guy we met then you should keep on scrolling!...
Nara – from deer and rainy days
 

Nara – from deer and rainy days

Today we want to explore Japan’s ancient capital Nara but sadly it’s raining. If you want to know how beautiful this day was after all then you should continue reading.   Wednesday, november 18th 2015 We’re well rested because of our lazy ass day yesterday so we get up pretty...
Angie’s birthday and the day after
 

Angie’s birthday and the day after

So after leaving the Neko Café we are walking back in order to celebrate Angie’s 21st birthday. If you want to know how crazy this night was, and how terrible we felt the day after you should continue reading!   Monday, november 16th 2015 We are on our way back...
Fushimi Inari, Neko Café and Japanese grandmas
 

Fushimi Inari, Neko Café and Japanese grandmas

The post title already tells a lot about what happened on that day but if you want to know how beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha really is, how it feels to visit a cat café and where we met a bunch of Japanese grandmas then you should continue reading!   Monday,...
Sightseeing in Kyoto again
 

Sightseeing in Kyoto again

The first day for us to enjoy Japan begins and we decide to do sightseeing in Kyoto, again! We’ll spend the day with Tosh whom I’ve met on Instagram and we’ll visit two stunningly beautiful temples.   Sunday, november 15th 2015 After getting a bit drunk yesterday, Angie and me...
Let’s continue this journey
 

Let’s continue this journey

Let’s continue this (never-ending) journey. If you want to know how drunk we got in the first evening of our stay in the hostel, and if you’re interested in how long it takes you to reach Kyoto from Narita International Airport then read the following post   Saturday, november 14th...
My Japan Bucket List
 

My Japan Bucket List

I’ve created my Japan Bucket List some years ago and I’m quite confident with the results by now. I added some points from time to time, but most of them exist since I created the list. If there’s an existing post about any point already, I’m gonna tag it after...
Cheap tickets and long distances
 

Cheap tickets and long distances

So this is part 1 of my travel diary from our Japan trip in november 2015. You want to know how exhausting it is to travel long distances with cheap tickets and which cool band joined us for a cigarette in Narita? Then you should read the following post. Enjoy!  ...
A love letter to Japan
 

A love letter to Japan

Dear Japan,  I fell in love with you when I was only 10 years old. And before I even met you I knew that there was something very special between us, I felt it and I didn’t get disappointed.  For so many years you’ve been my only friend. I wasn’t...
A ridiculously exhausting journey to Japan
 

A ridiculously exhausting journey to Japan

Friday, 27th of march 2015 It’s 05:00am when my alarm goes off for the first time. What a good idea to go out for some drinks the night before leaving to Japan, I am completely hungover. After pressing the snooze button for the probably 10th time I finally get up....