Kobe beef at Beefsteak Kawamura, Tokyo

During your stay in Japan, you will probably want to try the famous Kobe beef. Thepickytraveller tried Beefsteak Kawamura in Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district. It was kind of a…special experience.

Appetizers at Beefsteak Kawamura
Appetizers at Beefsteak Kawamura

First of all, the place is very difficult to find. Located in an office building floors and the street addresses in Japan being very difficult to understand, it took thepickytraveller Continue reading “Kobe beef at Beefsteak Kawamura, Tokyo”

A night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

While in Japan, you must spend a night in the serene atmosphere of a ryokan. Really. It’s an amazing Japanese experience. There are a lot of them spread across the country (even in central Tokyo) and they come in a vast array of price categories. The experience is more enjoyable if you go on the country-side though, like the region of Hakone close to Mount Fuji (and fairly close to Tokyo as well) for example.

Welcome tea at Hakone Takuminoyado Yoshimatsu
Welcome tea at Hakone Takuminoyado Yoshimatsu

From the moment you step in to the moment you leave the next day, you will experience Continue reading “A night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)”

Cherry blossom (sakura) in Tokyo and Kyoto

Each spring Japanese people enjoy world’s most beautiful cherry blossom, due to the high amount of cherry trees in the country. This magnificent phenomenon usually takes place in the Tokyo/Kyoto area between mid-March and mid-April. The exact moment varies from year to year according to meteorological conditions, and this year it’s just about to begin now! The peak bloom is short and intense, so everything is about timing. Thepickytraveller was there in 2015.

Cherry tree about to bloom
Cherry tree about to bloom

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Marina Bay Sands hotel: mixed feelings…

Singapore’s biggest (over 2500 rooms) and most visible hotel surely is a pricey tourist catch. But how can you resist the temptation of getting access to the Infinity Pool, probably world’s most famous overflowing swimming pool? You can’t have a dip in it unless you are a hotel guest, that is.

Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands
Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands

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Pulau Ubin island by bike

The easiest way to discover this Singapore’s special island is to reserve a few hours for the purpose before your flight departing from Changi airport. Singapore’s international airport is famous for its different one-of-a-kind attractions (like an open-air cactus garden with views of the planes on the tarmac or a butterfly garden), but you should rather skip them for a visit to the authentic and well preserved Pulau Ubin Island.

Pulau Ubin island
Pulau Ubin island

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