There’s so much to see in Kyoto, and much of it involves a 20-60 minute bus or train ride. Today, I visited the Arishimaya area and the stunning bamboo forest.

If you have time to do just one thing while visiting Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is a must, with more than 10,000 blazing red torii gates.

More shrines and temples from beautiful Kyoto. Plus, my fortune is revealed!

So much to see in beautiful Kyoto! Here are several photos from my first day out-n-about.

On one recent night I had two new experiences: I stayed at my first hostel, and I slept inside of a bookshelf. Yup, that’s right. A bookshelf.

It’s the most touristy thing to do in Tokyo — but you can’t NOT do it. The famous Shibuya Crossing is just as much fun watching from the street as it is from high above. I’ll show you!

I recently moved from my Tokyo hotel to a Tokyo Airbnb apartment. It’s my first experience with a Japanese-style bathroom and shower, which is a bit different from what we’re used to in the United States … so allow me to take you on a little tour!

I’ve been doing a lot of walking and covering a lot of ground. Here are some photos I’ve taken along the way.