A Field Trip to Shinjuku Gyoen

Before the burst of cherry blossoms hit Tokyo (and thus the burst of insane crowds), I decided to take a trip to the famous Shinjuku Gyoen - a large national garden in the center of Tokyo's liveliest area. A few months ago, it was suggested to me that winter was one of the ugliest seasons …

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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 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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