Japan

Fun things to do in Asakusa & Sumida, Tokyo

Asakusa is a neighbourhood in the north east of Tokyo city adjacent to the Sumida River.  It’s known to visitors for the historic Senso-ji temple and spectacular views from the Tokyo Skytree but lets take a deeper look at things to do in Asakusa. We’ve…

Waterfall in Kanmangufuchi Abyss

Enjoy Japan in summer with these essential tips

Summer in Japan can be hot and humid, combine that with the city crowds, a lot of walking, getting around on public transport, minimal use of air conditioning and the rainy season and you might reasonably wonder if it’s a good idea to plan travel…

Hakone Open Air Museum

Hakone Open Air Museum brings art to the outdoors

Hakone open air museum is a large well manicured sculpture park with a backdrop of the regions beautiful nature & an eclectic collection of art and artists.  There were a couple of things we didn’t do on our first day trip to Hakone that I…

Kinugawa Grand Hotel garden

Kinugawa Onsen – Japanese Onsen Ryokan experience

Stunning natural scenery, soothing hot springs, adventure activities and incredible food.  Kinugawa Onsen makes a perfect weekend break for locals and a Japanese onsen ryokan experience is a fabulous inclusion in your Japan itinerary. Kinugawa Onsen is a hot spring town in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. …

Shinkyo bridge in Nikko, Japan

20 Things to do in Nikko | Travel Guide

Under the canopy of the majestic old cedar trees and protection of Mount Nantai lies the town of Nikko, a popular destination for visitors from Tokyo.  The UNESCO World Heritage Shrines and Temples draw tourists from all around the world but there’s so many more…

Things to do in Kawagoe - Kura no Machi

Things to do in Kawagoe on a side trip from Tokyo

The city of Kawagoe retains much of the charm of the Edo period when it grew to be a prosperous and esteemed merchant town.  Edo was the historic name for Tokyo when the Tokugawa shogunate established it as the capital of Japan.  Today Kawagoe is…

Best day trips from Tokyo

12 of the best day trips from Tokyo

A great way to discover more of Japans history, culture, landmarks and natural highlights is by taking off on some of these top day trips from Tokyo. The city is a great base for exploring being a transportation hub and with so many fun destinations…

Mount Takao Tokyo

A day trip to Mount Takao (Takao-san) in Tokyo

Mount Takao is the ideal spot to enjoy nature within Tokyo. There are 8 hiking trails that wind their way up the mountain each with their own attractions.  Want a more relaxed pace?  Take the cable car or chair lift part way for great views…

Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka

Kuromon Market – A must for foodies visiting Osaka

Kuromon Market is a MUST for the visiting foodie in Osaka. Located in Namba, it’s operated in the same location for 120 years. There’s plenty of ready to eat options in addition fresh unique produce so why not come for a look around and a seafood breakfast or lunch?

Todoroki Gorge Japan

An afternoon in nature at Todoroki Gorge, Tokyo

Looking for a different Tokyo experience?  Take a short train ride out to Todoroki gorge and explore the unique natural wilderness and only ravine the city.  It’s a completely different experience and not what you’d expect in the heart of  the modern metropolitan city.  As…