If you’re visiting Tokyo and looking for an escape to the countryside, you cannot go past a train trip to Hakone, the hot spring resort town where my parents used to take us to spend a very short summer vacation every year. It takes only one and a half hours by train from Tokyo. Pola …
Iwami Ginzan in Shimane Prefecture is a historic silver mining town that looks as if it has just been plucked out of an Akira Kurosawa film set.
Izumo Taisha in Shimane Prefecture is an historically significant shrine and all gods around Japan gather here to conduct meetings once a year, based on the ancient mythology.
Fukui is the ultimate destination; it boasts beautiful ports with crystal clear waters and mountainous land full of wildlife. Here is your quick guide to the Fukui.
Togakushi Shrines: the setting is idyllic, scenic and unique with plenty on offer to see and do. Here’s a quick guide on Togakushi area.
Mount Togakushi (1,904 m) used to be one of the training fields for monks and Togakushi is said to be one of the major sites where Ninja trained. Here’s a quick guide but you can find out more to help plan your own visit.
If you have 2-3 hours before leaving from Tokyo, but at least want to see an old Japanese town, Naritasan Park would fit in to such a short visit.
We went to Iizaka Hot Springs to take a bath in the early afternoon after cherry picking in Fukushima.
Suwa Shrine is located in Nagano Prefecture, south-east of the city of Matsumoto. Upper Shrines are located on the south side of Lake Suwa and lower Shrines are located on the north side of the lake.
Suwa Shrines in Suwa is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and consists of four separate complexes around Lake Suwa.