Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen is an Onsen Town located approximately 2.5 hours from Kyoto by train. The town offers seven onsen – natural hot springs – and many beautiful Ryokan. Find some impressions from Kinosaki Onsen, plus some information about Japanese onsen culture in the post.

Coffee in Tokyo

Japan has a huge coffee culture. In places like Tokyo or Kyoto, there is a vivid coffee scene, and people seem to be even more obsessed about coffee than in Berlin or Brooklyn. Especially drip coffee is huge in Japan – and the iced coffee variety quickly became my go-to refreshment on those warm, late spring days. Here is a

Taking it Slow in Tomigaya

Another neighbourhood recommended in the Monocle Guide was Tomigaya near Yoyogi Park. It was a part of Shibuya we had not yet visited and we were eager to go and explore. The area is full of little hip stores and design / architecture studios. Over Okonomiyaki for lunch, we imagined what it would be like

Through the Side Streets of Shibuya

After landing in Tokyo at 6 a.m. we quickly dropped off our luggage at the hotel – dismissing the thought of a nap and a hot shower after a 12-hour flight. Check-in will not be possible until 3 p.m. they told us. So the metro took us to Shibuya and spit us out onto the infamous crossing. It’s

Accelerate & Unwind

We are going back to Japan! We had quite a hard time to decide where to go on our upcoming vacation, but eventually Japan won the race – especially since we found a very affordable flight. We will be staying for 10 days only, but I am really looking forward to this. My motto for this


  If you go to a town called Kōya in the mountains of the Wakayama Prefecture, you should book a stay at one the 120 temples that are located in and around town. Forget all your English and go for a walk across the largest cemetery you have ever seen, eat delicious food prepared by the monks,