The Japan Rail Pass – what, why, and how?

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?

One day in Hiroshima

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

A walking tour of cherry blossom 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 A walking tour of cherry blossom 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

The sacred pools: Oshino Hakkai

The area around Mount Fuji holds many natural phenomenon due to the past eruptions of Mount Fuji carving out the landscape, changing the biggest lake in the world into the five lakes of Fuji. Oshino Hakkai was created thanks to the same eruption which split the great lake. What remained were eight pools filled with … Continue reading The sacred pools: Oshino Hakkai

Japan 2013: Day 11; white water rafting in Gunma

With our last day of the JR pass we headed up into the mountainous area of Minakami, in Gunma prefecture  It was nice to get out of the city again and see some more of the stunning natural beauty of Japan. We had booked to do a half day white water rafting tour through Canyons. We … Continue reading Japan 2013: Day 11; white water rafting in Gunma

Japan 2010: Day 6; Ghibli Museum

For those of you that became interested in Japan thanks to the visually, and emotionally, stunning Ghibli/Miyazaki films that going to the Ghibli museum is a must-do! Please remember to book your tickets before you leave your home country, and in advance to. There is no photography allowed in the building, and I don't want … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 6; Ghibli Museum