Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Outdoor

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

Togakushi & Iizuna Area: Ninja history shrouded in stunning nature

Togakushi Jinja Shrine Discover mysterious legends and powerspots Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines located at the base of Mt. Togakushi. According to Japanese mythology, a grief-ridden Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, hid herself in a...

Tradition, Technology and Tries: 2019 in Toyota City

When you hear the word “Toyota”, I doubt the next word in your mind is “city”. Toyota City, as the name suggests, is the thriving hub of technology and innovation home to the Toyota...

Enjoy SNOWART in Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata

Niigata is located in the region of Chubu, on the main island of Japan, Honshu. It is the third largest city with direct access to the sea of Japan. And it opened to international...
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A short winter trip to Akita – seeing, doing, tasting the best of the...

The snow-covered Akita prefecture in the north of Japan is known for several things, and in February, I headed out there to experience the best it has to offer. Invited by the local Akitainu...
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Tohoku Outdoor Activities

Hachimantai: Hiking Through the Valleys of Hell When you think of areas for hiking and enjoying leisurely strolls, usually places covered with lush green vegetation spring to mind, right? Well, if you are tired of...

Tokyo Through Architects’ Eyes

Tokyo has been bottomless inspiration for many architects and architecture admirers from all around the world. As Keisuke Oka, an independent architect we interviewed, put it — buildings are a form of street performance...

Kanagawa Beaches: Guide to Cozy Restaurants with a View

The sweltering concrete jungle that is Tokyo has a few escape routes, one of them being the beaches in Kanagawa, just an hour or two train ride, depending on where you live in Tokyo....

Winter Fun In Tohoku

Enjoy the sights of nature in powder snow paradise Appi Kogen Located in Iwate Prefecture, Appi Kogen is definitely high in the running – if not the best – when it comes to skiing. Wide...

FUJI-Q – AN AMUSEMENT PARK FOR THRILL SEEKERS

I recently took my first trip to Fuji-Q Highland theme park, which always seems to be part of Tokyoites’ bucket list. Although there are several theme parks and attractions scattered around Tokyo, Fuji-Q has...
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Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Swimming and sunbathing in Tokyo’s concrete jungle Japanese summer is notoriously hot and humid, even dangerously so at times. However there are silver linings to everything, and in summer there is the joy of swimming...