5 Things To Do In Sapporo

Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is a great place to visit year round. In winter, it boasts winter festivals and sports that are the envy of Japan, while in summer, it's a great place to escape the cruel humidity of the mainland. Hokkaido itself is famous for being the largest and northern-most prefecture of Japan. …

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Cycling At The Imperial Palace

Have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo? Want to take a special someone on a date in the heart of the city? Want to spend a relaxing Sunday with your family? Well, look no further than the Imperial Palace! Every Sunday, a 3 km stretch of road around the famous palace in Tokyo is …

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A Downpour on Mount Mitake

One seemingly sunny July Thursday a friend and I decided to tackle another one of Tokyo's famous mountains - Mt Mitake. Arriving at Mitake Station in the early morning, we were greeted by a yodel-inducing scene which wouldn't look out of place in The Sound of Music. With a river of clear-blue water and Mt …

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Trekking Mt Takao

On a beautiful May Monday, a friend and I decided to take a hike up one of the many mountains that Japan has to offer. But because neither of us is fit enough to attempt the 3776 meters that is the famous Mt Fuji, we decided to visit the lesser known (but no less beautiful) …

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A Weekend in Atami

After having explored only a fraction of Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures, I decided that it was high time that I explored somewhere new - and thanks to some convincing, I decided that Atami would be the perfect place to start my exploration away from the big city. Located on the Izu Peninsula in the …

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Kawagoe Festival: An Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

After having used my fool-proof methods of discovering places in Japan, I decided one weekend to go to Kawagoe - a city in Saitama famous for its traditional style buildings and candy penny street. In fact, the whole town is known as Little Edo due to its traditional feel from the Edo Period (1603-1868). Little …

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A Field Trip to Little Edo, Kawagoe

Kawagoe, otherwise known as Little Edo, is a small city in the Saitama Prefecture. It not only boasts Kitain (a famous temple and shrine), but it's also famous for its unagi (eel), Candy Street, October festival, and preserved buildings from the Edo Period. After hearing about this quaint historical area, I grabbed my camera and headed out. …

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A Field Trip to Sensō-ji, Asakusa

To test out my new camera, I decided to go on a field trip to one of Tokyo's most famous cultural areas - Asakusa (浅草). This area is particularly large and it definitely requires more than one day to completely traverse. So I decided to visit one of the oldest temples in Tokyo: Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺). …

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The Ride of Your Life: Asukayama Park Monorail (飛鳥山公園モノレール)

Walking out of the tiny Oji Station, to the northernmost edge of Asukayama Park, I was just in time to see the tiny monorail (nicknamed 'Ascargot') slowly making it's way down from the top of the park's hill. Feeling excited by the free ride, I lined up in the short queue and climbed into the …

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Flower Fires: Toda-shi, Saitama

One hot and sticky night a few weeks ago, I was calmly making supper when a loud bang caught my attention. Forgetting for a moment that I was not back in South Africa (where gunshots can occasionally be heard), I didn't think anything of it until a second, even louder bang rang throughout the air …

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