Kokoro Gin Japanese Gin

Drinks News: Kokoro Gin now in 5cl bottles

KOKORO GIN LAUNCHES MINIATURES Kokoro Gin has launched a miniature bottle of its unique Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin.  Handy for trying out a new gin when you are unsure whether you will like it or not. Launched in September 2016, Kokoro Gin is made with sansho berries. These are hand-picked and imported to the UK


Cherry blossom treats in Tokyo

One way to celebrate Hanami (Flower watching) and appreciate cherry blossom is to buy all the things sakura.  Tobu Railway has some suggestions on where to find souvenirs, gifts and sweet treats. Located at the base of Tokyo Sky Tree, TOKYO Solamachi will be holding a Sakura Gourmet Fair until 9th April. What seems like every type

Japan tourism sign

Travel: Tourist Signs in Japan

Morioka Regional Development Bureau in northern Japan have created signs to help visitors with local customs and food. Its an initiative to help visitors who don't speak Japanese or know about Japanese customs to feel more welcome. There are a selection of images such as washing before going into hot tubs and a cheerful little pig inside

Outside Yudanaka Shimaya ryokan hotel Japan

Hotel Review: Shimaya Ryoken, 381-0401 Nagano, Yamanouchi, Yudanaka Onsen, Japan

Traditional Japanese Accommodation in Yamanouchi Yamanouchi resort is located in the Shiga highlands region and is surrounded by stunning scenery. We aimed for Yudanaka specifically to see the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Ok, it wasn't winter and it wasn't snowing but we'd wanted to see those bathing monkeys since we first learned about them! They're Japanese macaques probably best


Food Review: MOS Burger, 1 Chome-3-66 Okaidohigashi, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture 986-0855, Japan

Mos Burger - Japanese Burger Chain Mos Burger is the second-largest fast-food franchise in Japan after McDonald's but it  can also be found in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and even Australia! We had never heard of them and after wandering about Cat Island (Tashirojima) all day we didn't feel like a

Gion Nanba - Sashimi

Restaurant review: Gion Nanba, 23-1 Nagitsuji Fushikawacho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto Prefecture 607-8167, Japan

Like Chihana on the opposite side of the main Shijo Dori street, Gion Nanba is also a well-regarded Michelin-starred kappa-style (counter) kaiseki (traditional multi-course dining) restaurant hidden down a narrow alley. Chihana has 3 stars, Gion just 1, but after splashing out on the former we realised that we could still afford one more fine-dining experience in Japan - the exchange


Travel: Harry, Hedgehog Cafe, 2F, IWAHORI Building, Roppongi 6-7-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  Harry Hedgehog Cafe and Pet Shop Going to a cat cafe is one of the things I had always wanted to do in Japan.  But now those pesky Japanese upped their game with hedgehog cafes! Called Harry after the Japanese for hedgehog, Harinezumi, the cafe is a sought after destination for those seeking some

Chihana three Michelin stars Kyoto Glasgow foodie explorers

Restaurant Review: Chihana, 84 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Three Michelin Star dining in Kyoto Kyoto in Japan has an abundance of Michelin star dining so we were spoiled for choice, typically though, as a foreigner you can't book online so reservations are best made through your place of accommodation. We had drawn up a list of restaurants to visit during our time in

Kisarazu Japan food restaurant Glasgow foodie explorers

Food Review: Big Boy Restaurant, 3-3-20, Asahi, Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan

Eat with Big Boy Always looking for something a little different we picked Big Boy Restaurant from our host's suggestions. Big Boy is an American chain but they actually have more outlets in Japan. It's like a mix of American diner and the Little Chef.  Booths and retro eighties styling all the way here.  It

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5 Weird Restaurants of Tokyo

Five unusual restaurants to visit in Tokyo Tokyo is the best place for every kind of food.  Here we pick 5 places which offer some fun with your food. Ninja Akasaka Address : 2-14-3, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyu plaza Akasaka 1F Nearest Station : Akasaka Mitsuke Station Ninja Akasaka   Always wanted to be a