Top 10 Japan travel tips

Here are my top ten Japan travel tips. (1) Fly into Haneda airport, not Narita, if you are going to Tokyo. Narita airport is a nightmare, starting with the long queues at immigration (in a hot stuffy room) to the long ride from the airport to central Tokyo. Narita lies 57.5 kilometres (35.7 miles) from […]

Top Five Treehouse Hotels

The word ‘treehouse’ tends to conjure images of rickety old sheds in trees that are a child’s secret den. But recently, some hotels have been getting in touch with their inner child and have created some truly amazing treehouse luxury hotels, made especially for adults as havens for relaxation. Here, we look at five truly […]

Tokyo Shopping: fountain pens, notebooks and agendas

Tokyo is the best place to find the finest fountain pens, as well as notebooks and agendas with good paper for fountain pen writing. Here are my favourite places in Tokyo for pen/notebook/agenda shopping. (1) Tsutaya Daikanyama: Also called T-Site, this is the most luxurious Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo. Make sure you have lunch or […]

Day trip outside Tokyo: Kamakura

Kamakura is a coastal town less than an hour from Tokyo (by train), filled with temples and shrines. It is popular among local and foreign tourists and gets very crowded on weekends, so the best time to visit is during weekdays. You can take the train directly from a number of Tokyo metro stations and […]

Favorite restaurants in Paris 2013 edition

It’s time to update my list of favourite restaurants in Paris. Many of the places listed below are near my apartment (at the border of the 7th and the 15th arrondissements by UNESCO and the Ecole Militaire). I have omitted the obvious expensive traditional French restaurants and the brasseries/bistros because you can find them on […]

Swinton Park Hotel: luxury autumn mini-break in the Yorkshire Dales

As the nights draw in and the days get colder, this means one thing – autumn is officially here and there couldn’t be a more perfect time to consider a luxury mini-break. Before winter hits and Christmas is on the way, why not relax in the rustic and picturesque surroundings of North Yorkshire? Swinton Park […]

Tokyo Shopping The Ginza — Shiseido, 45rpm and others

The Ginza is one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping districts because of the variety of stores — expensive Western designer brands, department stores and Japanese fashion —  in such a small walkable area. Here you will find notable stores such as: Shiseido The Ginza: This is Shiseido’s flagship store where fans of Shiseido can sample […]