箱根 – The Little Prince Museum

Back in March, when I visited Hakone, the first thing I saw at Odawara station was a poster for 星の王子さまミュージアム. Since it is my favourite book ever, I obviously could not resist and HAD to pay a visit! Location: Hakone Entrance fee: 1600円 (£10), though you do get a reduction if you buy a Hakone Freepass. Admittedly…

Akeno Country Farm – Yamanashi Prefecture (April 15th to May 1st)

I chose this farm for my second WWOOFing because the host, Megumi, seemed very nice and answered me right away. Truth is, I had been in contact with another one, which was in a city I had visited during my first WWOOFing (Nagatoro, album will be posted shortly on the FB page!), but they had failed…

Gabare Farm – Saitama Prefecture (March 27th – April 4th)

After a month of wandering around more or less aimlessly, it was time for me to start wwoofing. Not only for my wallet, of course, but also to meet Japanese people and practice a little bit. After sending a few messages around, I decided that my first wwoofing experience would be close to Tokyo so…

WWOOFing – Prologue

Part of my plan in coming to Japan was to spend some time WWOOFing in order to meet new people with whom to practice Japanese and to save some money. What does WWOOFing mean, you ask? Are you turning into a dog for a few weeks? No, no, my friends, nothing of the sort. WWOOF…

箱根 – Week 4/5 (March 22nd to 25th) – Accommodation

After leaving Yokohama (and while feeling like an idiot to have to move my huge bag after such a small amount of time (3 days) – last time I am travelling for less than a week, says the little voice in my head), I headed to Hakone, as recommended by a friend of my little…

横浜 – Week 4 (March 19th to 22nd) – Accommodation

After just over 3 weeks think Tokyo, it was time for me to go and explore the area a little bit – that’s when I booked 3 nights in a hostel in Yokohama: Guest house Futareno. The staff was really nice and very surprised to see me coming with my house on my back (I…

東京 – Mistui Memorial Museum

On March 5th, I fulfilled my dream of seeing hina dolls displays at the Mitsui Memorial Museum. Location: Nihonbashi Entrance fee: 1000円 (£7.5), 100円 coupon available on their website. Why go there?  To admire pieces from the 300-years long collection of one of the most powerful families of merchants and industrialists in Japan. Exhibition I have…

Mexico – Chapultepec

Let’s rewind to my first stop on my way to Japan – Mexico City! I only went to see a cousin I had not seen in some fifteen years, hoping for some sun like the pale, sun-starved Londoner I have become and discovered in 4 little days an amazing place, full of culture and life….

Mexico City – Teotihuacan

On my second day in Mexico City, I went to Teotihuacan – the closest pyramids to the city. This name means ‘the place where the gods were born’. It was easy to imagine it to be the case because of the mix of reverence and amazement I felt wandering around the place. The complex is composed…

東京 – National Center of Art

On March 1st, after having lunch with a friend, I walked to The National Center of Art and discovered they had an exhibition on Yayoi Kusawa, which was great because I had missed the London one (silly me!). This was my third museum of the week, and what a visit! The museum itself is absolutely…

東京 – Meiji Jingu Shrine

For my first weekend in Tokyo, I decided to explore the area and walked to the Meiji Jingu Shrine twice over the weekend – The first time to see the shrine itself and the second to see a bit of the Hinamatsuri festival, were paper boats representing dolls were put into the water by children. Location:…