Tagged with Kyushu

Onsen-hopping in Kurokawa

Onsen-hopping in Kurokawa


Hidden away in the mountains of Kumamoto prefecture is the onsen town of Kurokawa. OK, so it’s technically not ‘hidden away’ at all because plenty of tourists visit but it’s still a great way to experience a more ‘rural’ Japan and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Kurokawa is situated around 20km from Mount … Continue reading

Beppu – hot spring city!

Beppu – hot spring city!


One night in Beppu in Kyushu (we spent two!) will be enough to make you realise why it’s one of Japan’s most famous hot spring (onsen) resorts. Those clouds rising above the buildings and in the mountains thankfully aren’t fires, but are in fact steam rising from vents in the earth. With so much steam, there’s plenty of opportunity … Continue reading

Fun in Fukuoka!

Fun in Fukuoka!


Fukuoka and Kyushu may not be places that western tourists generally visit in Japan, unless they’ve been to the country more than once or have a particular reason to visit. In our case, Fukuoka, the largest city in the southern island of Kyushu, was where my sister Grace had been spending several months studying and teaching. … Continue reading

Back to Japan

Back to Japan


After an amazing holiday in Japan with my good friend Oana last year, I didn’t think I’d be going back for a long time. Then my sister Grace got a job teaching in Fukuoka for a year, so there was an excuse for a family holiday! I’ve more or less been left entirely to my … Continue reading

My sister’s off to Japan!

My sister’s off to Japan!


You read that right – earlier today my little sister Grace boarded a plane to Japan and will be living there for the next 10 months. She’ll be teaching English and learning Japanese  in Fukuoka, Kyushu, and everyone in the family (including me) is exceedingly proud and jealous. Talk about living the dream! I don’t know all … Continue reading

The best ramen in London?


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! Fellow foodies, I might have found the best ramen joint in London – Shoryu Ramen! This might sound like an incredibly bold claim considering that there are very few ramen-only restaurants in London (I only know of 3) but … Continue reading

Week 8: Art competition still open!


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! This week’s blog will be a bit shorter than usual as I’ve had a rather unexpectedly exciting week! I’m going to be in London for a couple of months for work, so I’ve been having to get ready for … Continue reading