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.

Gyudon (beef bowls) and where to eat them

Gyudon (牛丼) is a popular Japanese dish that literally translates as beef bowl. Gyuu is the prefix for anything to do with cows i.e. beef, and don is short for donburi, which is the Japanese word for "bowl". The dish consists of rice topped with thinly sliced beef and onions that have been cooked in a sweet sauce.

There are three large fast food gyudon chains across Japan and we’ve sampled them all. Here we review them in the order that we tried them!

Tokyo May 2016 Day 4: The Sky Carrot, Akabane, Ebisu and a Saturday night in Shimbashi

On day three we had slept in a little too late and ended up having an early night which shortened our time exploring so we set our alarms for 7:30am on day four to ensure we had a more productive morning. We first decided to visit Sky Carrot which is a free observation deck in a skyscraper in the Setagaya Ward. To get there we took the Yamanote line to Shibuya and then the Tokyu Denshi line to Sangenjaya Station, above which sits the skyscraper.

Tokyo May 2016 Day 3: Kameido, Meguro River and an evening in Shibuya

We woke up very late and some of us (Clare) were very hung over from our previous night out. So we had a long leisurely breakfast at the apartment before our first stop of the day which was Kameido. Kameido is a railway station and district in Koto Ward served by the JR Chuo-Sobu Line and the Tobu Kameido Line in the eastern suburbs of Tokyo.

Tokyo May 2016 Day 2: avoiding jet lag, The Yamathon, Shinjuku, Izakayas and a yard of beer!

The departure and arrival time is now our number one deciding factor when booking flights. For two reasons, one to maximize our time off of work and two to avoid the dreaded jet lag. I don’t want to brag too much but we have the latter pretty much down to a tee, well, when we fly to Asia anyway!

Hotel Review - Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto

We booked to stay at this apartment hotel in Kyoto for 3 nights during our first trip to Japan together and we really loved it. In fact, this was our first experience of a serviced apartment and we haven’t looked back. Having a kitchenette, dining table and separate living space are now almost travel must-haves and it’s all down to this fantastic property.