Travelling Welshman
Instagram @tompj


  • Discussions,  Japan

    Tattoos in Japan: Taboo or Not?

    Before going to Japan, everyone gave me the exact same warning: it’s going to be difficult there with your tattoos. This was said to me from both people who lived there and those who had never visited the country. You’ll…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Nara: Walking Amongst the Deer

    Sometimes it only takes one reason to visit a particular stop along the road. Something special, something worth diverting off the path, an opportunity too good to miss. An experience you know full well will be one of the greatest…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Kyoto: Free Living as a Hostel Worker

    The ancient capital of Japan is home to numerous amount of national treasures, and without doubt its a city with its own unique take on Japanese culture and everyday life. These are the things I knew about the city before,…

  • Guides,  Japan

    The Ultimate Travel Guide: Tokyo

    Welcome to the biggest and most chaotic city in the world. A centre of art, culture and fashion. A city which prides itself on its wide diversity for both its own cultures and of those from around the globe. Achieving…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Kyoto: The Highlights

    The ancient capital of Kyoto is the home to some of the finest examples of spellbinding attractions, being some of the most gorgeous and serene of any attraction in the country. Two of these stand above all else. Two attractions…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Kyoto: A Welshman’s Memoir of a Geisha

    One very notable aspect of Japanese culture has to be it’s Geishas. Although they can be found throughout Japan, the roots of Geisha culture began right here in the city of Kyoto. This is where it began and where it…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Christmas in a Temple (Part 2)

    [visual-link-preview encoded=”eyJ0eXBlIjoiaW50ZXJuYWwiLCJwb3N0IjoyMzk5LCJwb3N0X2xhYmVsIjoiUG9zdCAyMzk5IC0gQ2hyaXN0bWFzIGluIGEgVGVtcGxlIChQYXJ0IDEpIiwidXJsIjoiIiwiaW1hZ2VfaWQiOjI0MjQsImltYWdlX3VybCI6Imh0dHA6Ly90cmF2ZWxsaW5nd2Vsc2htYW4uY29tL3dwLWNvbnRlbnQvdXBsb2Fkcy8yMDIwLzAxL0ZseS10by10aGUtY2FwaXRhbC1vZi1Td2VkZS12aWEtS0tULUFpcndheXMuLTMwMHgzMDAuanBnIiwidGl0bGUiOiJDaHJpc3RtYXMgaW4gYSBUZW1wbGUgKFBhcnQgMSkiLCJzdW1tYXJ5IjoiTW9udGhzIGJlZm9yZSBJIGhhZCBhcnJpdmVkIGluIEphcGFuLCBJIGJlZ2FuIHRoZSBwcm9jZXNzIG9mIHBsYW5uaW5nIHdoZXJlIEkgd2FudGVkIHRvIGdvIGFuZCB3aGF0IGV4YWN0bHkgSSB3YW50ZWQgdG8gZG8uIFRoZSBkZXN0aW5hdGlvbnMgcHJhY3RpY2FsbHkgY2hvc2UgdGhlbXNlbHZlcy4gSG93ZXZlciwgdGhlcmUgd2FzIG9uZSBhc3BlY3Qgb2YgdHJhdmVsbGluZyB0aGF0IEkgd2FzIHZlcnkga2VlbiBvbiB1bmRlcnRha2luZy4gSXQgd2FzIHNvbWV0aGluZyBJIGhhZCBhbHJlYWR5IHRyaWVkIHllYXJzIHByaW9yLCBhbmQgYW50aWNpcGF0ZWQmaGVsbGlwOyIsInRlbXBsYXRlIjoidXNlX2RlZmF1bHRfZnJvbV9zZXR0aW5ncyJ9″] We pick up the story a few days into my new temple temple life. The Vital Task We volunteers only had one task relating to the temple itself, and a vital one it was. Without exception, it had…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Christmas in a Temple (Part 1)

    Months before I had arrived in Japan, I began the process of planning where I wanted to go and what exactly I wanted to do. The destinations practically chose themselves. However, there was one aspect of travelling that I was…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

    What brought me to this quiet little mountain town of Yudanaka? What was the reason for taking the 5-hour bus journey from Tokyo to this little-known town on the outskirts of a ski resort? It wasn’t for the slopes, rather…