What is the JR Pass? The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is the holy grail for overseas travelers, making travelling across Japan seamless and affordable. The JR Pass is a prepaid booklet exclusively for foreign tourists. They allow unlimited* travel on JR trains within the region of the pass, for a set number of days. … Continue reading The Japan Rail Pass – what, why, and how?
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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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 A walking tour of cherry blossom in Tokyo
You may have heard of the great gardens of Japan, Genkyuen is a hidden gem worthy of a visit.
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? Chureito pagoda is part of Arakura Sengen shrine, sitting on the side of Mount Arakurayama. The shrine itself get's little press but it … Continue reading Chureito Pagoda: Japan in one shot
In most countries great tourist attractions or areas of great beauty close at 5pm, tourism is over for the night and everything is barred shut, this is especially true in the UK where I live. So with this mentality I traveled to Japan, visiting the tourist destinations during the day and used the evenings for … Continue reading Exploring Japan after dark
When you think of Japan a few images may come to mind, towering sky scrapers, robot waiters, sushi, or the bright vermillion gates of shinto shrines. One place in Japan is especially famous for these gates in Fushimi Inari Taisha which is for the shinto shrine of Inari, goddess of the harvest, situated in Kyoto. … Continue reading Fushimi Inari Taisha: The never ending gates
You might not know the name but you probably recognise the image. Himeji castle is one of the top tourist destinations in Japan and the most visited castle in Japan! Himeji castle is often said to be the finest Japanese castle. Himeji castle was first constructed in 1333 and expanded over the years, even being … Continue reading The white heron castle of Himeji