Visiting Iwate's natural beauty and seeing the scars of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
After a freezing and almost completely sleepless night courtesy of Towadako Hostel we headed out to the lake side for sunrise. Our first stop after parking up was Towadako shrine, which is accessed by a short hike through the forest (beware of bears!). The shrine was really beautiful, nothing but trees surrounding the shrine buildings. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 4: Aomori road trip part 2
Another early start (a theme on this trip again) saw us back on the Tohoku shinkansen heading from Sendai up to Shin-Aomori station in Aomori prefecture, the most northern prefecture in Honshu. As soon as we got off the shinkansen at Shin-Aomori station we walked across the road and picked up our first rental car … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 3: Exploring Aomori by car
Our second day in Japan saw us waking up early to catch the 7am train to Yamadera in the neighbouring prefecture of Yamagata. The train takes about an hour from Sendai to Yamadera and goes through numerous small villages, and beneath the Japanese alps which reach north to south across the centre of Tohoku. The … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 2: Yamadera & Matsushima
We landed at 5:25am at Tokyo's Haneda airport, this was my first time at Haneda airport and I was slightly disappointed by the arrivals area. There was only one small store and a coffee shop and I was pretty hungry after the 11 hour flight! The plan was to get our JR East pass exchanged … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 1: Tokyo to Sendai
We're off again! On the 25th of October we are once again flying from London to Tokyo for our fifth trip to beautiful Japan. This time we are heading into the largely unexplored northern region of Honshu, Tohoku, for koyo season. They say that only 1% of tourists visit Tohoku, and since I haven't been … Continue reading Upcoming 2019 Tohoku koyo trip
Have a look at the top 6 places to see Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms
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