The Urban Animals

All the places we go.

August 13, 2019

Our Tokyo Guide

Tokyo always comes in two versions: A real-world city, and one that lives in our imagination. From the slightly surreal world of Lost in Translation and the fluorescent-lit nightscape of Murakami’s After Dark to the cyberpunk Neo-Tokyo of Akira it is as much a nexus of global pop culture as the epicenter of Japan. We will take you on a tour – our tour – of Tokyo and show you our version.

Tokyo at Night. Photo: Daniel

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May 28, 2019

Toyoko Inn and Business Hotels

Toyoko Inn and Business Hotels

Despite many new options, the Toyoko Inn chain – and other “business hotels” – are still a “go-to” place when we’re looking for hotels in Japan.

May 21, 2019

Airbnb in Japan

Airbnb in Japan

For us, Airbnb was always a great way to stay in Japan. Then, in 2018, new legislation shook up the platform and thousands of bookings got cancelled. Is it still worth it?

April 11, 2019

Cherry Blossom viewing in Berlin 2019

Cherry Blossom viewing in Berlin 2019

In case you can’t go to Japan for the cherry blossom season, you can still enjoy the feeling in Berlin. On April 14th, the Gärten der Welt will open their doors for the annual Kirschblütenfest (cherry blossom festival).