You never step into the same river twice is no truer for the ever changing Meguro River that runs through and defines Nakameguro. The area has gone through many incarnations from Edo times when Tokyo was a river city bustling with commerce and trade along the many rivers that crossed it.
Strike off the beaten ski runs for spectacular vistas and to experience the stillness of winter in Japan’s north country. Only on snowshoes can you access these stunning spots—take advantage of this low cost, low speedway to enjoy snowscapes while getting in a good workout.
Well now it’s autumn and Tokyo is no less mesmerizing with trees that leaves start to turn yellow before finally falling during winter. It may be hard to imagine but I found a lovely spot to enjoy the autumn at The University of Tokyo and it’s one of my favorites!
Toba is a coastal city in the prefecture of Mie, located approximately two and a half hours from Osaka. It has a population south of 20,000, and an area of 107.3 km² so it’s less than half the size of Osaka with a fraction of the people, but it does have that Japanese seaside charm.
With a huge variety of accommodation, ranging from simple hostels to five star hotels with all inclusive packages, Ishigaki Island has something for every traveler.
Awaji Island, located just south of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture is worth putting on your itinerary if you visit Kansai. It’s connected to Honshu—Japan’s main island—by the nearly 4km long Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge.
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.