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golden hot spring bath at Shimizu-yu

Musashi Koyama Onsen – Historic Onsen in Tokyo

One of the rare onsens in Tokyo with natural hot spring water can be found in Musashi Koyama, Shinagawa. Shimizu-yu or Musashi Koyama Onsen not only provides two types of natural hot springs: kuroyu or black spring water and kogane-no-yu or golden spring water, but is also a historical gem that has been running its hot spring baths since 1924.

View from the cave at the top of Chiwakyo

Shinshiro – The Newcastle of Japan

Hailing from the small town of Newcastle under Lyme in the UK I was delighted to learn that we are twinned with an area in Japan which shares the same name: Shinshiro (literally ‘Newcastle’ in the Japanese language). I want to highlight to two main spots of natural beauty we visited in the Shinshiro area: Chiiwakyou Cliff and Atera no Nanataki Falls.

Bishamon-numa Pond

15 Things To Do in Fukushima

Nearly two million people live in Fukushima. The majority of the prefecture – the third largest after Hokkaido and Iwate – was untouched by radiation, while many areas that were impacted have reached levels below what is reported in many cities around the world. Visitors need not worry about eating the produce or drinking the water. The bigger concern is whether everything Fukushima has to offer can be packed into a single trip!

3 Days of Punk Culture in Shinjuku, Tokyo

3 Days of Punk Culture in Shinjuku, Tokyo

With its signature kappa (a Japanese mythological monster) mascot, Kappunk festival hosts dozens of punk rock bands from all over the world for 3 full days of hardcore rock festivities. It sparked a thought for me, how does Japanese punk culture compare to that of the UK or America?

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