Thursday, October 17, 2019

Outdoor

Trek through picturesque Japan: ancient forests, magnificent mountains, all steeped in culture and history.

Gifu

Gifu: The Land of Clear Waters Strategically located in central Japan, Gifu-ken (岐阜県, Gifu prefecture) is made up of five (unofficial) regions and is famous for its beautiful mountain towns, clear waters, traditional cormorant fishing...

4 hotel pools in Tokyo to escape the summer heat

Swimming and sunbathing in Tokyo's concrete jungle Now that the rainy season has come to an end, the hot and muggy summer is here to stay for the next few months. Escaping the heat by leaving Tokyo...

Cool Summer Treks Around Tokyo (1): Kamikochi in Nagano Prefecture

With the mercury rising in the concrete jungle of Tokyo, it’s definitely time to drop a few degrees Celsius by taking a hike somewhere in the lush, green hills of Japan. And while the average...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (2): Goshikinuma in Fukushima Prefecture

Here you can row a pleasure boat in one of the largest lakes in the 800m high Bandai Highlands, Lake Hibara, before embarking on a 3.6km route through the cluster of lakes at Goshiki-numa...

Cool Treks Around Tokyo (3): Oze National Park in Gunma Prefecture

This sprawling marshland at 760 hectares is well-loved for its charming wooden boardwalk paths through seemingly endless carpets of flora and fauna. The ‘mizubasho,’ or Japanese skunk cabbage, and ‘nikko-kisuge’ (yellow alpine lily) are...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

Picturesque Japan: Unkai Terrace

Heaven in Hokkaido Tokyo's towering skyscrapers - not to forget about the Tokyo Skytree - might take you up high in the sky, but Hokkaido's nature takes you above the clouds. A 13 minute gondola ride in...

3 Lovely Lavender Spots Around Tokyo

Updated: 2018 Even if you're not headed to Hokkaido around July-August, there are plenty of places around Tokyo where you can get your fill of purple fields and natural aromatherapy - and the season is...

Nostalgic Pottering in Yanesen Part 1

Shitamachi roaming by bicycle Don't worry if you've never heard of pottering. It is a so called waseieigo (和製英語), which is a Japanese word created out of one or more English terms. Calling it an English word that...

Iris in Wonderland Japan: Summer Fireworks

Hi, my name is Iris Woo and I'm Malaysian Chinese, born and bred in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This is my first blog entry on my journey to chase my dream to become...