Important Covid-19 Update. Our client’s safety is important to us, and travel will resume when the travel ban (including the 14-day quarantine) is lifted both in Japan and the United States. Next Spring, we will offer two “off the beaten track” tours to escape the large cities and to enjoy the rural parts of Japan. First, is Textiles of Kyushu, a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture and textile in the southern island of Japan. Second is Edible Japan, which will be a modified version of the original Culinary Tour with an extra day in the Shinshu region with sake brewery tour, miso making and knife shop visits. Stay well and be safe.


The holiday season is almost here, and even though many of us cannot travel during this season, why stop giving travel gifts to the people who love to jet around the world.

Here are some of the ideas. I have used many of these items myself traveling to Japan and found them quite useful (Note, we do not get commissions or sales from these recommendations).

Portable Luggage Scale $25.00>

Many of our clients who travel to Japan take advantage of “duty-free shopping” (this is available throughout Japan for non-Japanese citizens with a valid passport) and purchase multiple souvenirs to take home. Use this scale to see how much your luggage weighs before heading to the airport saves hassle and time.

Electric Accessories Organizer $7.00

The good news is, if you are traveling from the US to Japan, you do not need an international socket adapter for your computer, etc. But let’s face it, we all need to carry many cords and cables, and this electric accessories organizer helps you keep things in order. Make sure you place the organizer in your carry-on luggage, so when your luggage goes missing, you will still have your charger for your gadgets.

Gorilla Pod Mobile Phone Tripod $29.95

Say good-bye to your old tripod. This not only works as a tripod for phone and a small camera on flat surfaces, but it also sticks to all metal surfaces and hard to reach areas.

Premium Compression Socks $27.00-$50.00

This is also a must-have for long international flights, and aren’t they stylish. Help your feet from the swelling from those long flights and keep warm and comfortable too.

Alpha Keeper Money Belt $24.00

You have peace of mind knowing where passports and money are kept safe when traveling. As a traveler in Japan, we recommend carrying your passport with you at all times.

Klean Kanteen Water Bottle $29.95

One step towards becoming an ecotourist is to carry a water bottle with you and safe on. You probably already have your favorite water bottle, but this wide-mouth and the insulated bottle double-duty as a water bottle and a coffee/tea bottle. Wide-mouth makes it easy to drink out of. You can cover the bottle with favorite travel stickers to make it yours.

Here are two book recommendations from our recent read:

Japanese Home Cooking by Sonoko Sakai

Recently featured in New York Times for one of the inspirational women. Her book is artistic, beautiful, and best of all filled with delicious recipes.

Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewel by Pico Iyer

Internationally acclaimed writer and a long-time resident of Nara, Japan, Pico Iyer walks you through the landscape, history, and culture of Japan.