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4 Adventurous Things to Do on a Day Trip to the Hidden Gem City of Kobe

Okay, so you’re done seeing the magnificent cherry blossoms during the spring season in Japan. (Or maybe you have missed your chance to see it.) You are now wondering what to do and where to go to enjoy your short spring trip in the country. If you are in the Kansai area, there are lots…

Things to Do When Visiting Nagoya: A Side Trip to Tokoname!

Nagoya is the fourth most populated city in Japan, and it is also a popular tourist place. It has attractions including Toyota Factory Tour, Nagoya Castle, Noritake Garden, the recently opened Legoland, and rich flavored food such as the amazing Miso sauce Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet). These are a few favorite things for tourists! Within the…

Shakujii Park: A Tranquil Sanctuary Within Tokyo

As you step out of the central exit of the Shakujii Koen station in Tokyo’s Nerima ward, you immediately find yourself on the receiving end of the local equivalent of all roads leading to Rome. An array of narrow streets converges at the station from all directions, each one crowded with commercial and residential activity.…

Spend a Peaceful Day at Kumamoto – Lake Ezu

Just outside the small city of Kumamoto, natural beauty can be found in a variety of places, from forests thick with trees to open parks and riverside walks. Of all these scenic spots, Lake Ezu is sure to be a favourite with any Kumamoto visitor. Actually made up of two lakes (Shimo-Ezu and Kami-Ezu) the…

Planning for a great day trip from Kyoto?

Kyoto is one of the biggest tourist draws in Japan and so many foreign and domestic tourists stay here. However, if you want to see areas outside of Kyoto there are still many places you can go on a short trip to visit. Himeji Castle famouswonders.com/ Himeji is a castle town situated West of Kyoto…

Hakone – The Enchanting Holiday Destination

Hakone is in the Kanagawa prefecture; about an hour and a half from central Tokyo. To get the most out of the day you should set off early in the morning – you’ll need to make several train changes before arriving at Miyanoshita. Author’s photo It’s quite surreal; stepping off of the crowded carriage to…

Refreshing Day trips from Tokyo: part 2

In part 1 I described three places for day trips from Tokyo including Enoshima, Hakone and Fuji Five Lakes, today I will show a couple more destinations for day trips from Tokyo. Related: Refreshing Day trips from Tokyo: part 1 Nikko Nikko is located in north Kanto and is most famous for Toshogu shrine where…

Refreshing Day trips from Tokyo: part 1

Tokyo is the most visited city in Japan and is a host to a lot of very famous landmarks such as the Emperors Palace, Tokyo Tower and the new Tokyo Skytree. However sometimes it is nice to travel out of the city and experience some of Japan’s more rural areas. Even if you do not…