Hundred Caves of Yoshimi

Hundred Caves of Yoshimi, Saitama, Japan

Yoshimi is a small town in the Saitama Prefecture. Coming from central Tokyo, it will take a little under two hours to get here. Although it is not you’re obvious destination if for your holiday trip around the Kanto area, Yoshimi actually holds a very interesting gem that would fancy history junkies. It is home to one…

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Mt. Tonodake Day Hike, Kanagawa, Japan

Reaching Mt. Tonodake’s summit can be quite a challenge especially for first timers. It has long stretches of pure climb with very limited flat or descending portions to recover. Japan is one of the best places to kick-start one’s fondness for nature and the outdoors. Almost everyone can get to enjoy hiking in nature trails and prefectural parks spread across the country.…

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Mt. Nokogiri Day Hike, Chiba, Japan

Every mountain you’ll ever climb will be different. But sometimes, there are those that simply stand out. For me, Mt, Nokogiri belongs to that group. Chiba is one of the seven prefectures of the Kanto region. As its western neighbor, Tokyo, it is one of the often visited areas in the country. The prefecture is a usual waypoint for foreign tourists…

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Nippara Cave and The Town of Okutama, Tokyo, Japan

Although it has stayed under the radar especially among foreign tourists, there are actually plenty to things to discover about Okutama. Okutama is a town located on the western outskirts of Tokyo. Though it is the largest municipality of the prefecture, much of its area is occupied by mountains, forests and networks of fresh water bodies. With…

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Entry # 101 : Your Journey Starts From Where You Stand

  Proverbs are proverbs – they are well known and generally true. I remember this popular one back from my grade school days posted on a wall of our classroom. On a colorful text it says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In case you don’t know, it’s a bimillennial quote…

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi, Japan

Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi, Japan

The Ashikaga Flower Park at Tochigi Prefecture is a 9-hectare garden that showcases a wide variety of flowers. During springtime, countless wisteria blossoms take the center stage attracting people from all places. Spring is a colorful season in Japan. It is the time of the year when just about everywhere, flowers are blooming left and right, painting the town in vivid…