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Food Tour of Japan

The food we enjoyed in Japan deserves it’s own post. Every meal was an adventure and each paid off handsomely. The food standards in Japan are better than the U.S. so you can get a delicious, healthy meal anywhere including vending machines and convenience stores. Sweets are light and well-made but not as sweet. The fruits and veggies are really flavorful and everything on a plate serves a purpose in creating or contributing flavor.

It is considered bad manners to eat or drink on the go in Japan. It was nice to sit down and enjoy my espresso and meals. Be aware, though, that smoking is to be expected in most restaurants.


Osaka was a little trickier for me. There was less English signage and there are seven train companies that run all over the city. It was tough to figure out the correct route and buy the corresponding ticket. It was also super hot and humid during the day. Walking around in the early morning or at night was better. Overall Japan was amazing.


Kyoto is a beautiful city. There are timeless gardens and incredible shrines.

Six Days in Tokyo

It was an amazing trip to Japan. We spent 6 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Kyoto and 2 days in Osaka. Tokyo was a great first Japanese city. The train system is very user-friendly and I was able to make my way around with no problems. There is so much to see and do! My days were packed and my feet were tired but I wouldn’t change a thing!


If you had told me 20 years ago that I’d be watching Sumo wrestling with my high school guidance counselor in Tokyo, I would’ve laughed. But here we are! Thank you for one of the coolest days ever Mr. Naegeli! You were an excellent interpreter and sake/beer companion.