Welcome to Lost in Japan

A collection of blogs, articles and guides on our favourite subject - Japan!

We've put this site together to share and document our own experiences as well as assist other lovers of all things Japan in planning their own adventures.

Restaurant review: Jonathan's

Jonathan's Restaurant (a member of the Skylark group) is a Japanese family restuarant chain with the tag line 'coffee and restaurant'. Their website states that they serve 'dishes using distinctively premium ingredients especially for our female customers' and that the restaurants are found mainly around the Tokyo metropolitan area.

2017 Road Trip Day 2: Rental cars, Mt Fuji, Kofu, Suwa Lake and a lovely evening in Matsumoto

We woke up in our Shinjuku hotel very early even by our own holidaying standards. This was partially due to jet lag but in a more substantial part stemmed from nervousness (picking up the car and driving in Tokyo for the first time), and anticipation for the day that lay ahead (hello Mt Fuji!). The previous night we visited Family Mart on the way back to our hotel for some supplies including breakfast so ate a small meal at the hotel before rearranging our suitcases.

2017 Road Trip Day 1: Arriving in Tokyo and a night in Shinjuku

Our 2017 Honshu road trip begins on Wednesday 1 February 2017 when we arrive in Tokyo, our overnight destination before we pick up our rental car and begin the road trip part of our journey. This trip has been our hardest to plan yet because each night is in a different hotel in a completely different location, and we had to balance the travelling between destinations with having enough time to see and do everything we wanted on the way as well as ensuring Tom wasn’t too exhausted from all of the driving.

Hotel Review: Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

Established in 1887, Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu is actually Matsumoto's oldest hotel and we stayed there hotel for one night as part of a road trip around central/northern Honshu. The hotel was easy to locate and is very close to Matsumoto Castle and within walking distance of Matsumoto Station as well as a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants.

Travel Tips: currency, cash, cards and ATMs in Japan

Japan is more often than not ahead of the game when it comes to technology (hello robot hotels!) so they’ve obviously got some fabulous technically advanced ways of paying for things, right? WRONG!

It may surprise you to learn that a very forward thinking and modern country like Japan is by other standards very old fashioned when it comes to money. Paying with cash is extremely prevalent and in many establishments cards are just not accepted!

Planning our first ever Japanese road trip!

We’re doing something different in 2017, we’re going on a road trip! Road trips have always been out of scope for us due to our lack of driving licenses but in September 2015 Tom got his and we haven’t looked back. So far our only experience of driving abroad is in Majorca but Japan is clearly the next logical step!

Miyajima Island

Miyajima (宮島) is a small island located less than an hour from Hiroshima and is famous for its giant torii gate that appears to float when the tide is in. The island is actually called Itsukushima but is referred to as Miyajima which means ‘Shrine Island’ because of its famous shrine and it is said to be the island where God dwells. Apparently the Itsukushima Shrine was built on the coast because the whole island is believed to be God's body and is sanctified. The island is also home to a number of very tame deer who are also very greedy!