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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…

Japan itinerary – 2 weeks of spring cherry blossoms

This diverse 14 day Japan itinerary takes you across the main island on Honshu, from the energy of Tokyo to the natural beauty and culture of Miyajima Island.  It celebrates cherry blossoms, known in Japan as sakura and shares our top tips and best spots…

Dogo Onsen

Relaxation and tradition at Dōgo Onsen

Sponsored post in conjunction with Tokyo Metropolitan Government Dōgo onsen is the oldest and most famous of the onsen or hot springs in Japan. Known for it’s healing waters for over 1000 years visitors still seek it out and the local community still encompass it in…

Hakone onsen - Hakone Yuryo

Planning your Hakone Onsen experience

Soaking in a Hakone onsen is a truly blissful experience that we highly recommend.  It really is the ideal blend of Japanese culture, nature and perfect relaxation.  Hakone is only one of the onsen regions in Japan but it’s conveniently accessible from the high-speed train…