Category Japan

The Japanese Alps: Shiga Kogen and the Snow Monkeys

In pursuit of a white Christmas, my wife and I boarded a bullet train from Tokyo to the Japanese Alps.  Japan does rail transit far more efficiently than anything I’ve experienced in Europe or North America. Bullet trains—locally known as Shinkansen—are prompt, elegant and incredibly fast. In an hour and a half, our bullet train […]

Tokyo in a Day

My wife and I woke up in Tokyo on a crisp, clear Sunday morning. We were excited for the opportunity to explore a first-class Asian city with modern infrastructure at the very forefront of technology and innovation. Leaving Manila the previous afternoon, we sat for nearly two hours in apocalyptic traffic on the six-mile drive […]