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!
Unique Transportation in Japan Worth a Try

Unique Transportation in Japan Worth a Try

Trains are not the only way to get around Japan! Have a new experience aboard one of these one-of-a-kind modes of transportation.

6 Best Buy Natural Products from Japan Towns

6 Best Buy Natural Products from Japan Towns

If 'au naturel' is what you prefer, this list offers hot tips on cool things to buy from select Japanese towns. Take a break from the 'kawaii' cute goods and go for some of these natural specialties.

Where to Buy (More) Cheap Stuff Around Tokyo

Where to Buy (More) Cheap Stuff Around Tokyo

It seems like people in Tokyo really want to save some money! If you loved the wildly popular 'Where to Buy Cheap Stuff Around Tokyo,' here's the sequel, giving you even more cheap ways to survive survive the big city on a small budget.

Posh Japan Train Travels to Try Before You Die

Posh Japan Train Travels to Try Before You Die

If you think cross-country train rides only offer magnificent views, think again. Japan, teeming with glorious natural wonders, has made moving from one prefecture to another a luxurious experience you'll never forget!

Tokyo Side Trips for Every Type of Traveler

Tokyo Side Trips for Every Type of Traveler

While Tokyo alone could satisfy your craving for a yin and yang experience—say, a taste of city life in Shibuya coupled with the greenery of Shinjuku Gyoen—there's more to enjoy beyond the city limits of Tokyo!

Fab Five Cafés with Free Wi-Fi

Fab Five Cafés with Free Wi-Fi

Compared to other major cities around the world, it's not easy to find quality cafés with good food, drinks, atmosphere and free Wi-Fi in Tokyo. For the discerning customer with internet needs, these five hot spots are handpicked just for you!

Cheaper Options for Budget Living in Tokyo

Cheaper Options for Budget Living in Tokyo

Tokyo is often tagged as one of the cities with the highest cost of living on Earth. But for those with a plan in mind, living on a budget is quite possible in the capital city. Here's a lowdown of things I learned to save money in the city.

Secret Sakura Spots in Residential Areas

Secret Sakura Spots in Residential Areas

Not all cherry blossom trees are planted in Yoyogi, Shinjuku Gyoen, Inokashira or Sankeien. You'd be surprised to know that a lot of regular neighborhood areas in and around Tokyo also have Instagram-worthy spots for the perfect sakura shot.

By the River Meguro, I Sat Down

By the River Meguro, I Sat Down

Thanks to the sakura along the Meguro River, Nakameguro is perhaps one of the more frequented residential areas during cherry blossom season. Here's what to expect on your first-time sakura experience in Nakameguro, a walkable destination from Shibuya.

How To Explore Kyoto on a Student Budget

How To Explore Kyoto on a Student Budget

If you think Kyoto is too expensive, just ask students for secret tips to help you get going on an adventure to this ancient city that truly depicts Japan's culture, tradition and history.

Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go

Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go

No two places are quite alike in Japan. If you think you know the rules of Tokyo, get ready for the adjustments you'll need to make when in Kyoto. This is the info you need to know if it's your first time in this historic city of culture.

'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer

'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer

Each prefecture in Japan has a distinct character and something to be remembered for. Kyoto is not all shrines and temples, but a place for good food and other finds too! Here's a half-day plan for first-time experiences in Kyoto.

8 Ways to Go Deeper (& Cheaper!) in Kanazawa

8 Ways to Go Deeper (& Cheaper!) in Kanazawa

While you can just take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa, why not take your time and take in some culture on the way? Then we've got some tips for how to save money while you're there!

Top 5 Tea Places for Ladies Who Just Lunched

Top 5 Tea Places for Ladies Who Just Lunched

Yes, girls just wanna have fun! And for some, this means a long chat over tea in a calming environment that grants breathing space. While big name tea franchises abound in Japan, here are Tokyo and Yokohama's best kept secrets.

The Best of Kanazawa for Every Traveler

The Best of Kanazawa for Every Traveler

If you only have a limited time to explore Kanazawa, make the most of your trip by knowing all the must-try foods and must-do activities in this charming and historic town before you go. We'll break it down for each type of traveler out there.

Top 5 Must-Try Food Experiences in Kanazawa

Top 5 Must-Try Food Experiences in Kanazawa

Gold's not the only thing to buy and try in Kanazawa. Thanks to its proximity to the shoreline, the city's also famous for glorious, scrumptious food. Perhaps a crab feast is in order!

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

On a date, a good dessert after a meal is as sweet as a memorable goodnight kiss. Hop to a stop on our list before calling it a night, as sweet memories are made of these!

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

There's no better way to get to know your date than to dive into a first-time experience for both of you. Here are five outside-the-box ideas you can try in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas that are sure to give you insight into one another!

5 Things to Do with ¥100 Udon or Soba

5 Things to Do with ¥100 Udon or Soba

Like a famous cooking challenge show, today we will be working with a secret ingredient: ¥100 udon or soba in five different and inventive recipes that won't break the bank. So get your apron on and let's get started!

Spice up Your Life with 5 Healthy Ingredients

Spice up Your Life with 5 Healthy Ingredients

Ever wonder why Japanese people live longer than anyone else on the planet? Their diet seems to do the trick, as fermented products with digestion aids and probiotics make up their daily dishes. These videos will show you healthy ingredients worth a try!

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