Nunobiki Herb Garden with its German and central European theme, this gorgeous little park at the top of the mountain has a variety of food and drinks on offer, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful and unique flower arrangements.
October 13, 2016
Wakkanai is the northernmost city in Japan. About 20km from Wakkanai, in the Sea of Japan lies two small islands separated by a distance of 8km. Even relatively close, these two islands are drastically different from one another. If you are driving towards Wakkanai on the route 106 which runs along the Sea of Japan coast, you can enjoy a remarkable cone shaped volcano rising from the ocean.
August 24, 2016
The steep hill should not discourage you from climbing further ahead, as the best part of Hiraizumi awaits at the top of the hill in Chuson-ji. The beauty of multiple pagodas built in a form of a “Buddhist Pure Land” is just the beginning. The highlight is, of course, saved at the very end: the Golden Hall.
August 13, 2016
It seems like the rainy season only lasted a few days this time around. The stifling heat and humidity of summer already seem to be upon us. An escape is probably the best course of action, but where can one escape to?
August 5, 2016
Looking out over Tokyo from one of the many observation decks, it might seem like there is no end to the urban landscape. One skyscraper after another, it can seem like a long journey must be undertaken just to escape the hustle and bustle and find some greenery. Thankfully (for any nature or hiking lovers), Chiba prefecture is surprisingly easy to get to, and offers a lush green panorama very much contrasting that of downtown Tokyo.
July 27, 2016
Whilst I love to walk around Osaka City itself, in particular the practical straight line 8 km trail from my house to Umeda, many of my friends have recently told me that hiking in the countryside is where one can derive real pleasure. For your consideration today, are the top 5 suggested hikes.
June 5, 2016
Travelling is as much about the experience as it is about the destination, but a great location can bring into blossom those joyous wild moments that you will treasure all your life. The young city of Minamiboso has such a place. The Tadara Kitahama Kaigan Camping Grounds are located in Tomiura Bay in the old district of Shirahama and are officially open from late July to mid-August. The main reason and prime time to go to this beach is for the famous annual Tomiura Spanish Mackerel (or Aji in Japanese) Scooping event on July 27th.
May 28, 2016
Have you ever been to Nagatoro City in Saitama prefecture? If not, you should go there this summer on your holiday! There, you can enjoy canoeing, hiking and praying in the shrine all combined in a small city.
May 24, 2016
In the Tama region of Tokyo prefecture is a town called Hinode-machi (which means city of sunrise). If it weren't for just one famous retreat, this place would be just yet another mountain town with temples, forests, good food and onsens.
April 27, 2016
Hachioji Castle was built on Shiroyama mountain in the 1570s and features defenses that sprawl across the mountain top, that take advantage of the steep paths and natural formations to enhance the castle’s strategic defenses. Rumors and stories of strange occurrences and ghostly sightings give rise to reports that the site of Hachioji Castle is haunted.
April 13, 2016