Cross Hotel Sapporo

“Misleading Website”

This hotel was like most hotels in Japan. They lobby was beautiful, but the rooms were fairly small with little wasted space. They even had an ice bar while we were there for the Yuki Matsuri. The website on the other hand, doesn’t display this. Continue reading



Similarly to an  american clipper card, an IC card is a rechargeable card. There is a chip in this car that will contain the specific amount of money you have put on it, and it can be used to pay at several different places throughout Japan. One thing to note is that different areas in Japan may have different IC cards, but most of them can be used interchangeably. One thing to note is that some people in Japan have them on their phones. Continue reading


“Small and Cozy”

Otsuka is a small wagyu restaurant that is in the middle of the residential part of Arashiyama. When we got to this place, we would have thought that we were in the wrong place if not for the circle of small chairs and small wooden stand with the menu and a wait list where you needed to write your name in yourself on the outside. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so we made sure to get there before they opened — in order to make sure we got seated as soon as we could. Continue reading

Fushimi Inari Shrine

“Worth The Walk”

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine starts at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and ends at the top. Mt. Inari reaches 233 meters above sea level. In order to get to the top, you follow the various trails that are lined with red gates. This shrine is uniquebecause of these red gates. Continue reading