Writer: Peter Leonard
Peter moved from the UK to Japan in March 2010 and has been living in Satiama Prefecture with his wife ever since. His passions include hiking, writing, Japanese culture (both traditional and modern) and engaging in the popular Japanese sport of tussling for the free seat on trains during rush hour.
Viewing the reds and oranges of Japanese autumnal foliage on a crisp and clear day is unbeatable. Only one thing makes it better - when it's at night. First things first: where is Shinrin Koen? It lies almost exactly in the center of Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. The nearest train station is “Shinrin Koen” (森林公園), about 1 hour from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo Line.
October 15, 2018
Mt. Takao may be the classic day hike from Tokyo, but for those looking to sink their teeth into something a little more challenging, Mt. Kawanoriyama is the perfect alternative, and a deeply rewarding trek...
August 24, 2018
Every language has proverbs, and these nuggets of wisdom contain rich insights into the culture and mindset. Japan is no exception. Here are six examples of Japanese proverbs.
May 2, 2018
Japan, the land of convenience, even tames it's mountains with 'Koya', or mountain huts. These uniquely Japanese pockets of civilization need to be seen to be believed...
October 7, 2017
That cheap plane that leaves Japan at 4am looks so tempting, but how is it possible? Well, not only is it possible, those off-peak flights offer a unique experience of spending the night in a Japanese airport...
September 30, 2017
When most people visit Japan for the first time, there’s few itineraries they have in mind. Very few of them involve a visit to the Hokuriku region. Here's why you definitely should go, and a sample itinerary stretched across the region's three main cities.
August 7, 2017
Mount Fuji is one of the most popular mountain climbs in the world. And yet very few people climb it from the start. What is on neglected first half of the track and why don't people walk it anymore?
July 26, 2017
It's summer in Japan. And that means fireworks! So slip into your kimono or “jinbei”, grab an uchiwa fan and check out these five fireworks festivals in the Kanto region...
July 12, 2017