Tokyo

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 being located on the train line between…

A Visitors Guide to the Tokyo Imperial Palace

A guide to what to see and do at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. History, architecture, a museum, music and spectacular gardens. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is a site most will enjoy visiting while in the city.  It’s situated right in the heart of Tokyo on…

Best Japanese Gardens - Tokyo Imperial Palace

10 Top Japanese gardens to visit

Japanese gardens aren’t just beautiful and relaxing spaces. They’re full of history, culture and tradition. These are 10 of the top gardens in Japan, they feature traditional Japanese garden design techniques and an all-season appeal that makes them well worth a visit.

Hakone cable car

Hakone Freepass | Is it good value?

Hakone is a popular day-trip from Tokyo or an interesting short stay option.  For visitors who want an onsen experience while in Japan but don’t have the time to travel further afield it’s easily accessible in Hakone and there’s so much more to see and…

Meiji Shrine | 2 Aussie Travellers

A visit to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

As we passed by the unique Harajuku subway building to the start of the walking path down to Meiji Shrine I was struck by the scale of the place.  In a city with the population density of Tokyo you would imagine there would be very little…