Sado is a peaceful island situated off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. It is accessible by ferries running every hour or so between Niigata and Ryotsu Ports. If you are not worried about missing the only ferry of the day, you can also jump on in Naoetsu and get off in the little town of Ogi.
Sumatakyo Valley is a rural area of Japan a few hours west of Tokyo and has so much to do off the beaten path. As you travel Japan, especially when you are in more rural areas, we highly recommend asking around for advice. That is how we found so many unique experiences on our 50-day runAway Japan adventure.
Since these cities aren't what the typical tourist thinks to drop in on, you also won’t have to suffer through the crushing crowds, and can instead enjoy a more relaxed, authentic taste of Japanese beauty and culture.
Toganji is a Buddhist temple situated in Motoyama area of Nagoya. Not so far from the Motoyama subway station, we could see the huge Buddha statue head over the trees as we walk for about 5 minutes. Unlike other places, it is not at all crowded with tourists. The entire temple area is always quiet.
Ueda and Sanada are home to one of Japan's most famous samurai clans. For a fascinating historical sightseeing tour in Nagano, come see this spot.
I never thought I would enjoy getting my hands dirty in Japan this much. Let me share with you the famous pottery art in Japan and my experience with it.
If you are in Kanazawa and want to try it out for yourself, where should you go? There are various places in and around the city that are suitable for a solid forest bathing experience. I’ve listed my favorite three spots for you.
Not far from Tokyo, Shizuoka prefecture has a lot of natural beauty to explore and unique food experiences to offer. If you are traveling to Japan, make sure to seek experiences beyond what is available in the major cities. We at runAway Japan did just that! Early on in our 50-day adventure through Japan, we traveled to Shizuoka prefecture and found a beautiful waterfall and tasted a flavor of ice cream unlike anything we had tried before!