Mount Fuji is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan. Notoriously shy, often surrounded in mist, Mount Fuji is a natural treasure. Most people will visit the Fuji area for a day trip with hope of seeing the fabled peak, however travelling around Mount Fuji by car is one of the best ways to … Continue reading Enjoy Mount Fuji on a road trip!
Kawaguchi-ko is the most developed and popular of all the Fuji Five Lakes (and arguably has the best views too). Kawaguchi-ko also sees the most tourists of all the Five Lakes thanks to having the easiest access from Tokyo (see Getting there ) and the most accomodation. That being said many people after planning a trip to the area do ask the question “What can I do here?”. Here is my list of the top things to do in Kawaguchi-ko without travelling anywhere!
Kachi Kachi Ropeway
The Kachi Kachi Ropeway has been entertaining visitors for many years. Based on the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchi-ko the ropeway is only around a 30 minute walk from Kawaguchi-ko station (or accessible via the bus leaving from the station). Here you take a cablecar 1,075m up Mt Tenjo. The cablecar runs every 5 to 10 minutes from 9 – 5 daily (some seasonal…
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Known worldwide as the first city in human history to be targeted by an nuclear weapon, Hiroshima is much more than its past. Hiroshima city is the capital of Hiroshima prefecture and is the largest city in Western Chugoku with a population of over two million people. Hiroshima has a different feel than the other … Continue reading One day in Hiroshima
Yoyogi park is located in Western Tokyo, nestled between the concrete and neon jungles of Shibuya and Shinjuku. With a surprising history, Yoyogi park is a great spot to visit any time of the year. Yoyogi park has a surprising history, being the first place in Japan that a powered aircraft took off, in … Continue reading Yoyogi Park: Perfect for hanami
Hundreds of thousands turn their eyes up to see the stunning and brief display of the cherry blossoms. Starting as early as January in Okinawa, and ending in May in Hokkaido, cherry blossom entrances the nation, and the world, each year. So where should you enjoy the ephemeral beauty of the blossom? How about taking … Continue reading Tour the blossoms by foot in Tokyo
You may have heard of the great gardens of Japan, Genkyuen is a hidden gem worthy of a visit.
Mostly every guide book for travelling in Japan will mention, if not feature, Senso-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo. Most recognisable of all is the kaminarimon gate which welcomes visitors to the Senso-ji temple complex. Kaminarimon literally means thunder gate and houses the two Gods who greet you as you enter; Fujin and Raijin, the God of … Continue reading Asakusa Senso-ji
Sakura season is already ramping up in Japan with big brands such as Starbucks and Asahi having released their sakura themed products for this spring. Although the cherry blossom front hasn't started yet, here are my top 5 places to view the cherry blossom this spring! 5. Nakameguro , Tokyo Nakameguro is usually just visited … Continue reading Top 5 cherry blossoms spots in Japan
This image is probably one of the most famous and well known images of Japan, sakura flowers, Mount Fuji and a vermillion structure all in one place! What is the Chureito Pagoda? The Chureito pagoda is park of Arakura Sengen shrine, sitting on the side of Mount Arakurayama. It was built as a peace memorial … Continue reading Chureito Pagoda: Japan in one shot
It is almost that time again!
Japan has an amazingly deferential relationship with nature, protecting the stunning environment that the islands of Japan home. One of the most intrinsically tied aspects of Japanese culture and nature is the cherry blossom phenomenon. If you have spent any time reading about, studying or visiting in Japan you will have seen the numerous references to the sakura season, one of the busiest and most beautiful parts of Japans nature worship.
If you are planning to travel to Japan it can seem overwhelming as to how to ensure you will be able to catch the 5-7 days when the blossoms are in full bloom, in all their glory. The way that the cherry blossom arrives in Japan is a sweeping front, starting in Kyushu in late March and ending in Hokkaido in late May. It is such an eagerly awaited part of the year that news channels and…
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