Okinawa: Things to Do on this Island Getaway

As a late spring vacation, I decided to catch a plane and head on down to Okinawa - a group of islands in the south part of Japan. The islands of Okinawa are famous for its subtropical climate - and is often referred to as 'the poor man's Hawaii'. But don't let that perturb you, …

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Navigating Koburi Pass 顔振峠

With the warmth of spring heating up, I decided to take another hike before the humid rainy season struck Japan. But instead of taking another famous hiking trail, I chose a more rural and uncommon spot: Koburi Pass. Koburi Pass is a relatively easy hike that takes you to many different peaks in Saitama Prefecture - …

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An Eerie Hike Up Mt Tsukuba

Spring is a time for flowers and sunshine. A time when the sun comes out and heats everything up - with birds chirping and bees buzzing. But this was not the case when a friend and I decided to undertake a hike up another one of Japan's many, many mountains: Mt Tsukuba. Tsukuba-san is a mountain …

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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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Lake Kawaguchiko: The Perfect View of Mt Fuji

Early one chilly winter morning, I was awoken by my blaring alarm. But instead of being struck with dread, my heart raced with anticipation. You see, I was going to finally strike an item off of my ever-increasing Bucket List: I was going to see Mount Fuji! An active volcano, Mt Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is Japan's …

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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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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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Spring in Tokyo: Beautiful… but Weird

When you imagine spring-time, you imagine flowers blooming all over the place, a sense of happiness as you come out of winter hibernation, and (most importantly) a stable type of weather that gets consistently warmer. And while Tokyo has the first two down to pat, the weather is definitely anything but consistent. After an especially …

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Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

I arrived in Japan in late June - just in time for the country's infamous rainy season where the ocean invades the land. So of course I had to wait a whole nine months before I would get to experience the most iconic event in Japan - the blooming of thousands of cherry blossoms (or sakura). So …

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