All About Japan

Katrina Vinluan

Katrina Vinluan

All About Katrina Vinluan
After working as an editor for Summit Media, the leading publishing company in the Philippines, I went to business school in Tokyo to prepare for the building of my future social enterprise that combines the elements of my Creative Source, Travelvocacy, and Ministry of Food. Nowadays, while learning Nihongo, I’m writing my memoir Made in Japan, while hosting and cooking for the PhilippineRoving Restaurant, promoting cultural exchange in Japan. My favorite words are write, eat, travel, yoga, and
What I like about Japan
A new experience awaits everyday—just an easy train ride away!
Best Buys in Bargain Heaven Ameyokocho

Best Buys in Bargain Heaven Ameyokocho

If you're up for bargain hunting in Japan's capital, there's no better place to score good deals than Ameyokocho. Before you go, check out some of the best buys you can find at one of the most popular street markets in Japan!

Morning and Late Night Spots Near Your Hotel

Morning and Late Night Spots Near Your Hotel

Looking for some early morning or late night spots to spend some time at near your accommodations? Here are five places to kill time in those strange twilight hours before everyone's awake and everyone's gone to bed!

Things I Learned About Geisha, Firsthand

Things I Learned About Geisha, Firsthand

There's an air of mystery surrounding geisha, and what they really are. Are they cultural ambassadors? Are they elite mistresses? When can one become a geisha? This list may just answer a few questions lingering in your mind.

10 Unique #BucketList Goals in Kyoto

10 Unique #BucketList Goals in Kyoto

If you're planning a visit to Japan's ancient capital, check out this list of unique, Kyoto-only experiences!

Best Beach Views Near Tokyo

Best Beach Views Near Tokyo

Although Tokyo is a modern metropolis that conjures images of bright lights, towering skyscrapers and packed trains, there are still plenty of opportunities for a nature enthusiast or beach bum to catch some fun in the sun at beautiful nearby shores.

Greater Tokyo: Sightseeing & Gluten-Free Food

Greater Tokyo: Sightseeing & Gluten-Free Food

Japan is becoming increasingly aware of different dietary lifestyles, which is great! But the language barrier can prove especially difficult when trying to find some gluten-free grub to enjoy in Tokyo or Yokohama. Don't worry—we're here to help!

5 Delicious Japanese Coffee Roasters

5 Delicious Japanese Coffee Roasters

Japan's coffee might not have the same sterling reputation as its matcha, but there are several places around the country that serve up some seriously good brews. If you're a coffee lover, these 5 roasters should be on your radar!

10 Japanese Brands You Need to Know

10 Japanese Brands You Need to Know

One of the shopping capitals of the world, Japan is often associated with luxury goods. But never fear, this lovely country is a haven for both savers and the spendthrifts! Discover some local fashion and beauty brands you shouldn't miss when in Japan.

#TravelGoals for ¥10,000 (US$90) in Japan

#TravelGoals for ¥10,000 (US$90) in Japan

While you can scrimp on food, accommodation and shopping in Japan, transportation in the land of the bullet trains can be costly. But what if you can enjoy a three-day, ride-all-you-want train trip in Japan for only ¥10,000 (US$90)? We'll show you how!

10 Snow Spots in Japan Perfect for Instagram

10 Snow Spots in Japan Perfect for Instagram

If you want to get your 'Gram game going while traveling in the land of the rising sun in winter, make sure to keep in mind these Instagram-worthy spots for your itinerary.

Hot Food in Snowy Spots Across Japan

Hot Food in Snowy Spots Across Japan

For fuel and body heat while exploring Japan in winter, it's important to get the right meals. You may have the best itinerary for sightseeing, but you also need to make sure that good food keeps you company in the cold weather

5 Cheap Shopping Stops Near Famous Japan Sites

5 Cheap Shopping Stops Near Famous Japan Sites

Ginza, Omotesando and Shibuya are not the only places to shop in Japan. In some Tokyo suburbs, there are places worth a stop; outside Tokyo, you may just score even better deals!

Finding Bargains in Kanto's Posh Neighborhoods

Finding Bargains in Kanto's Posh Neighborhoods

Japan has 'shotengai,' or shopping streets, where you can find most anything, including food, kimono, gifts, home items, novelty goods, clothes, shoes and what have you. While 'shotengai' abound in Japan, we'll introduce you the best of the best.

How to Travel to Osaka with a ¥2,500 Ticket

How to Travel to Osaka with a ¥2,500 Ticket

Sure, there are overnight bus, shinkansen or airplane options, but did you know that you can reach Osaka for a little over ¥2,000 with the Seishun 18 ticket? Here's what to expect if you decide to embark upon this adventure.

Hacks for Dealing With Dietary Needs in Japan

Hacks for Dealing With Dietary Needs in Japan

The food in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and most anywhere in Japan might cause you to forget about your dietary restrictions. However, for those of us who cannot forego our diets due to health or religious reasons, these are our tips to dining to Japan.

5 Unique Types of Accommodations Around Japan

5 Unique Types of Accommodations Around Japan

While the service and pampering offered at five-star hotels is very enjoyable, there are other alternatives to experience when in Japan. These unique accommodations are truly one for the books!

Cheap Shopping Stopovers Near Your Tokyo Hotel

Cheap Shopping Stopovers Near Your Tokyo Hotel

When staying around one of the main train stops of Tokyo and Kanto, there's always an opportunity to sneak in some shopping time. Make sure to note these hot spots and sashay your way to cheap stuff and good finds.

The Perks of Joining a Volunteer English Camp

The Perks of Joining a Volunteer English Camp

Perhaps teaching English in Japan has crossed your mind as a way to stay in Japan longer than a vacation. But as teaching jobs that offer visa support typically bind you to a year-long contract, why not first experience being teacher for a day or two?

5 Things to Expect During a Teaching Interview

5 Things to Expect During a Teaching Interview

With the increasing demand for Japanese people to speak English fluently, there's also the need for English teachers to help them achieve this goal. But if you think simply being a native speaker is all it takes to get a teaching job, think again.

5 Adrenaline-Junkie Adventures in & Near Tokyo

5 Adrenaline-Junkie Adventures in & Near Tokyo

Tokyo has been called a haven for shopping, food tourism, technology and cultural sightseeing. But not many know that within Tokyo and near the perimeter of the prefecture, adrenaline-pumping adventures await.

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