Friday, December 6, 2019

Out and About

Train rides, car rentals, and where to go for scenic and historical spots.

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Vintage Winter Rides

Make the most of your winter holiday by getting away with friends and family on transportation methods exclusive to Tohoku. Every winter, local operators run old-fashioned rides that bring Tohoku’s rich cultural heritage to...

God’s Creation Wonders : 4 Divine Spots in Tohoku

Here are four amazing places that will captivate not only the eyes but most importantly the heart and soul. For the locals, the grandeur of these majestic, centuries-old attractions continues to serve as a...

Overnight trip from Tokyo- (2) Nostalgic Nagano

Located to the northwest of Tokyo, Nagano is easily accessible with Hokuriku Shinkansen and serves not only as an ideal overnight trip from Tokyo, but also a great stopover on the way to Kanazawa....

Discover the beauty of Northern Tohoku – Part Ⅱ Shirakami Sanchi

Precious heritages of the Shirakami Sanchi A number of beech forests around the world have lost much of their ecological diversity due to the formation of continental glaciers some two million years ago; however, the...

Discover the beauty of Northern Tohoku – Part I Aomori

The best way to travel to the Tohoku region is to take advantage of the Shinkansen (bullet train). It will take just 3 hours and 20 minutes from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori station in Aomori prefecture,...

Abashiri Ice Breaker Cruise

Abashiri is a major tourist destination in winter. Its shores by the Okhotsk sea are the southernmost point where the ocean freezes. One of the most popular attraction is the Drift Ice Sightseeing Icebreaking Ship...

Hokkaido By Rail and Car: Day 3 – Kamikawa, Sounkyo

Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island, is also referred to as the "The Big Land in the North" by the locals. Blessed with picturesque nature and bounty from the sea and land, it is a...

World Heritage (5): Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

Shirakawa-go & Gokayama: Fairy tale-like farmhouse villages  Like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, the twinkling towns of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama possess a magical beauty that moves with the seasons. Surrounded by steep rugged mountains and...

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...