When’s the best time to come to Japan?

⛩I know. A trip to the grocery store is about as much of a vacation as anyone is getting right now. But while we’re waiting for it to be safe and fun to travel again, wouldn’t you like to think about when’s the best time to take that trip to Japan you were looking forwardContinue reading “When’s the best time to come to Japan?”

What NOT to do in Tokyo: The top ten overrated experiences (and what to do instead)

I like to keep things positive around here, but I just scanned the umpteenth itinerary forwarded to me by a coming-to-Japan friend, and I can’t believe that trip planners keep sending people to do this stuff! If yours tries to sell you a plan with these destinations on it,* send them back to the drawingContinue reading “What NOT to do in Tokyo: The top ten overrated experiences (and what to do instead)”

Canals festooned with miles of gorgeous kimono fabric

Some-No-Komichi is a celebration held every February in Nakai, the Tokyo neighborhood that’s famous for kimono dyeing. Examples of the makers’ finest wares are strung along miles of the canal that meanders through the area, and shops are in open house mode for your strolling (and shopping!) pleasure. Dates: February 21-23 (2020) Hours: Fabric isContinue reading “Canals festooned with miles of gorgeous kimono fabric”

Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo

The Setagaya Boroichi is the grand old lady of Tokyo flea markets. It’s so ancient and so revered, in fact, it holds Intangible Cultural Treasure status! On December 15-16 and again on January 15-16, it fills every street and alleyway for BLOCKS In classic style, there is loads of crap studded liberally with actual finds. This fleaContinue reading “Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo”