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Oct 30, 2020travel
Japan’s Best Hiking Locations

Mountains cover around 70% of Japan and as hiking is a popular pastime in this country, its hiking trails are well-maintained, clearly sign-posted, and very easy to access. Even if you are based in one of Japan’s major metropolitan centers you are never more than a short train ride from a scenic mountain trek.

Oct 12, 2020travel
Step Back in Time to Visit Edo Japan

Japan has a reputation for high tech products and futuristic convenience, but much of the country has also maintained a historic flavor. You might not believe it as you walk through the glittering scene of Shinjuku, but it is not at all hard to find neighborhoods, and sometimes whole towns, that still look much like they did during the feudal Edo period (1603-1886).

Sep 25, 2020travel
Japanese Business Hotels – The Best Budget Travel Option in Japan

If you are traveling on a budget in Japan and wondering how to find cheap hotels, then business hotels are an excellent option. Japanese business hotels occupy an inexpensive but comfortable middle ground between pricey accommodation options such as tourist hotels and luxury ryokan inns, and extremely cheap but basic options such as pods in capsule hotels, booths in internet cafés, and bunks in hostel dormitories.

Aug 20, 2020travel
A short train and bus journey from Tokyo, for an easy hike around the stunning Nishizawa Ravine
A short train and bus journey from Tokyo, for an easy hike around the stunning Nishizawa Ravine There are some areas in particular which are always recommended for day trips...
Jul 28, 2020travel
Off the Beaten Track: A Short Guide to Sado
Welcome back to another travel article, where I write about places practically in my neighbourhood and wonder why nobody’s gone there. This time, we have a slightly more orthodox pick...
Jul 1, 2020travel
Japan’s Seven Best Beaches

Japan’s beach season officially begins with umibiraki (海開き) which literally means the opening of the sea. The dates for this will differ according to region with the southernmost beaches in Okinawa often opening as early as March or April while on the four main islands of Japan it is normally in early July.

Jun 3, 2020travel
The Top Ten Dreamy Japanese Ryokan – Part 2

This is the second part of our two-part introduction to the best and most beautiful ryokan in Japan. Ryokan are a form of traditional accommodation often located in rural resort areas and set amidst beautiful natural scenery.

May 7, 2020travel
Stay at Home and Explore Japan
As we all shelter in place during the global Coronavirus pandemic, the desire to travel and experience the world likely grows stronger than ever. I know I want to get...
Apr 15, 2020travel
Ojiya: seasonal events and festivals

At some point, Ojiya decided that just the year-round attractions don’t make it interesting enough. This is very lucky for us, because that means it has a lot of seasonal events for us to go through as well.