Mt takao

Hiking Tokyo’s Mt Takao in Autumn

Autumn in Japan is a magical time. The humidity slowly disappears and the skies are clear; perfect for hiking and sightseeing. Takao San is a beautiful mountain located in the far west of the Tokyo metropolis. This is one of the top places to go kouyou-spotting (the changing of autumn leaves) in Tokyo and is …

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Neko Box World Heritage Shrines & Hiking in Nikko

World Heritage Shrines & Hiking in Nikko

Nikko is a stunning World Heritage Site in Tochigi – about 2 hours Northwest of Tokyo by train. You could get there and back in a day if you really wanted to, but we highly recommend making this a long-weekend trip. This magical area has a long history of sacred mountain worship. In summer and …

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Discovering Edo-Tokyo in Ryogoku

Discovering Edo-Tokyo in Ryogoku

Did you know Edo (now Tokyo) was one of the largest cities in the world during the 18th century? Edo grew rapidly from a small fishing town into a cultural hotpot of Kabuki and courtesans, sumo and ukiyo-e art; images of the floating world which we’re still enthralled with today. The Edo period (1603-1868) was …

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Soaking in Beppu – Kyushu's famous onsen town

Soaking in Beppu – Kyushu’s famous onsen town

In September 2018, while we were still living in Fukuoka, we took a couple of days off to visit Beppu and celebrate Rob’s birthday. The only requirements for the trip were to relax, so I figured Japan’s most famous onsen town was the perfect place to go! Beppu is a small city located right above …

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