Tag Archives: Japan

How to take the ferry from Fukuoka to Busan

How to take the ferry from Fukuoka to Busan

During our time in Asia, we traveled from Japan to South Korea by ferry! Specifically we took a ferry from Fukuoka to Busan. We were a little uncertain of how the trip would go, but it turned out great. Since there isn’t too much information out there on how to take the ferry from Fukuoka to […]

Ramen in Fukuoka

Ramen Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan

We visited the city of Fukuoka for two reasons: It’s an easy gateway to South Korea (our next stop) The ramen You might think we’d had our fill of ramen by this point. You would be wrong. We now know that it’s impossible to get sick of ramen. Fukuoka takes its ramen seriously. It was the […]

What to do when you get a toothache in Japan

Dentist in Japanese

1. Ignore pain for a day or so per standard operating procedure. 2. Find step 1 untenable and turn to the nearest pharmacy. Using Google Translate and a handy chart behind the counter, indicate “tooth pain” and receive what surely must be a topical pain-reliever. Open box and realize you’ve received a weak form of aspirin. […]

Visiting Hiroshima

A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan

If you stumbled into Hiroshima without any knowledge of the past, you’d think it was a pretty typical, small Japanese city. Castle? Check. Garden? Check. Endlessly long covered shopping street? Check. Amazing food? Check check check! But it’s not typical, and that knowledge is always in the back of one’s mind when visiting the city […]

Eat and die in Osaka

Dotonburi, Osaka, Japan

When we hung out with Dr. Inoue in Tokyo he recommended we go to Dotonburi Street in Osaka (where he lives). He said locals refer to it as the place you can “eat and die.” Of course we always follow a doctor’s orders! The whole neighborhood around Dotonburi Street, starting at Namba Station, is nuts. […]

At the 3rd LAM Forum in Japan

With Dr. Inoue at the LAM Forum, Tokyo, Japan

We got lucky with the timing of our trip to Tokyo. The last day we were there, the Japanese LAM community was holding their biggest annual meeting with both patients and doctors – the 3rd LAM Forum. They invited me to speak, which was an immense honor. Justin and I had an wonderful time attending the meeting […]

Nara belongs to the deer

Deer crossing sign, Nara, Japan

Nara is a famous city in Japan known for its temple with a humongous Buddha and wild deer that roam free begging tourists and locals alike for food. We took a day-trip there during our time in Kyoto, but it’s also close to Osaka. When you get to Nara, if you’re hungry, it makes most sense […]

Kyoto: A special city

Torii, Kyoto, Japan

We had high expectations for Kyoto due to its status as a must-see destination in Japan. We loved it. We had six days there, and could easily have spent six more. We pretty much did the greatest hits tour. The difficult thing about being a tourist in Kyoto is that the main sights are spread […]

A glimpse of the past in Kanazawa

Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa is a small Japanese city northwest of Tokyo. It has always been popular with locals, but it’s bound to get more popular with foreign tourists since a Shinkansen (bullet train) route was recently completed. That means it’s now super easy and fast to get there from Tokyo… which is exactly what we did. The train ride […]

Owls in Tokyo

Owl at Akiba Fukurou owl cafe, Tokyo, Japan

Yep. We went to an owl cafe in Tokyo. We were those people. It was expensive and absurd but wonderful and unforgettable. We had a great time. Owl cafes are what came after cat cafes. If you didn’t know, cat cafes are big in Tokyo. But they’re like yesterday’s news. Now the even bigger thing […]