Yoyogi Park: Perfect for hanami

  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

Tour the blossoms by foot in Tokyo

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

Top 5 cherry blossoms spots in Japan

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

Chureito Pagoda: Japan in one shot

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

The castle on lake Biwa: Hikone castle

Castles played an important role in Japans history, right up until the Meiji restoration and the modernisation of Japan. Sadly, through war, fires, and in the name of progress, many Japanese castles were destroyed. Today, although Japan boasts a large number of castle keeps, only 12 are those that have remained through the years. Hikone … Continue reading The castle on lake Biwa: Hikone castle

Chasing the cherry blossom: Getting the most out of sakura season in Japan!

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 … Continue reading Chasing the cherry blossom: Getting the most out of sakura season in Japan!

Japan 2017: Day 17; Kawaguchi-ko and Narita-san

Our penultimate day in Japan and our final day in Yamanashi prefecture, a sad day. We awoke at 3am as we wanted to get to the north shore of Kawaguch-ko for sunrise, and without a car this walk is almost 2 miles, so we needed a quick start. It was the darkest morning we had … Continue reading Japan 2017: Day 17; Kawaguchi-ko and Narita-san

Japan 2017: Day 16; Kawaguchi-ko part 7; a cloudy day

So we awoke in our plush and fancy hotel for sunrise (as usual), we had bought breakfast with us as we were getting up around 3am to watch the sunrise. Sadly, the clouds from the day before had stayed and obscured the sunrise. As the clouds were obscuring the view we decided to explore the … Continue reading Japan 2017: Day 16; Kawaguchi-ko part 7; a cloudy day