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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Yoshimi Hundred Caves

Saitama, often thought to be a very boring prefecture, actually contains an incredible out-of-the-way, well-worth-visiting historical site: The Yoshimi Hundred Caves (吉見百穴 Yoshimi Hyakuana). Excavated in the 1880s, the tombs were originally thought to be the dwellings of pre-Japanese little people - maybe the Koro-pok-guru of Japanese folklore. But after this claim was refuted, it was …

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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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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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Cat Cafe Review [Video]

Cat Cafes are great places to chill out with some cats and enjoy delicious snacks. After being in Japan for over a year, I decided to finally visit one of these infamous cafes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaDg_sG8O34 Fun Fact: The Japanese word for cat is Neko (猫) and meow is translated as Nya (ニャー). [Hence Nyan Cat]

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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My First Snow Day in Tokyo

It's late one chilly winter's eve, a young boy glances outside his window before crawling into bed, only to see that the first snow of the season is falling. Excited, he yells out to his mother and tells her the exciting news. "It's late, darling, you can play in the snow in the morning!" she …

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