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…

Mt. Tonodake

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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The Oiran Dochu Procession, Asakusa, Tokyo

The Oiran Dochu is a parade of what was an everyday scene in old Yoshiwara. It is a meeting between a tayu, a high-ranked oiran (courtesan) and her costumer. One of the popular tourist destinations in central Tokyo is the district of Asakusa. A place where early movie theaters in the country flourished, it was known…

Red Sakura from Shinjuku Gyoen

Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami) Spots in Tokyo

Spring is a magical season in Japan. After months of hibernating, different flowers bloom left and right adding colors to what’s already a colorful nation. Cherry Blossom or Sakura is among the country’s most famous attractions during this time of the year. Visitors from all over the world come just to see them in full bloom. Cherry blossoms…

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Jogashima Island and the Cherry Blossoms of Miura, Japan

  Miura is a city of Kanagawa Prefecture situated at the southernmost tip of the Miura Peninsula. Bordered by the Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the major fishing ports in Japan. Tuna or maguro is among Miura’s most popular catch. The city prides itself to have the freshest tuna in and around Tokyo area (although …