Visit: Parks & Nature

2019.12.09 NEW
Rikugien: Experiencing History and Tradition under the Autumn Leaves
Rikugien is one of nine Tokyo Metropolitan Cultural Heritage Gardens and one of the most popular spots in the city to enjoy Japan’s famed autumn color
2019.11.22
6 Tips for Planning Your Hike in Japan
Autumn is probably the best time of the year to go hiking in Japan: the weather is usually clear and the leaves are beautiful. However, with a dizzyin
2019.11.18
6 Things I learned on my Visit to Tokyo’s Oshima Island
Izu-Oshima is Tokyo prefecture’s largest island and is situated about 100 kilometers directly South of the capital. I had wanted to visit there for so
2019.10.15
Experience the “Slow Life” of the Japanese Countryside in Kamiyama
In my previous article I introduced the village of Kamiyama in Tokushima prefecture and one of my favorite waking tours there. This time, I would like
2019.10.01
A Walk in a Magical Forest in Kamiyama
The small village of Kamiyama, located on Shikoku island, is not only one of the rare villages in Japan where young people come back to, but also offe
2019.09.27
I Joined the Flying Squirrel Tour In Karuizawa - How Was It?
Since September 16 was a national holiday, I decided to go hiking in Nagano prefecture. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t so good, so I decided to cut
2019.09.06
Escaping to the Edge of Tokyo on the Tamako Cycling Road
Living on the west side of Tokyo is affordable and convenient, especially if you live near Shinjuku. However, I often lament the lack of cycling infra
2019.07.29
Shimanami Kaido: A Foolproof Guide to Enjoying Japan's Cycling Sanctuary
Seventy kilometers, six scenic islands, six massive bridges, and two prefectures—all woven together by a single blue line. This is the Shimanami Kaido
2019.07.26
Akigawa Valley: Waterfalls, Local Food & Hot Springs in Tokyo’s Countryside
If you are looking for a short excursion outside the big city, how about going on a daytrip to the Akigawa valley? This little-known area West of Toky
2019.07.02
Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps: an Interview with Wes Lang
If you still haven’t decided what to do this summer in Japan, how about a trek in the Japan Alps? With the rainy season ending soon, and hot and humid
2019.05.30
Discover Japan's National Parks: Interview with a Picchio Eco Tour Guide
Seeing Japan’s beautiful nature should be a top priority for every visitor. The best way to do this is to drop by one of Japan’s 30 national parks. Th
2019.05.24
Through the Ages: The Greenhouse of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
If you are planning an extended trip to Tokyo, chances are that at least one of your days will be rained out. Don’t let that stop you from emerging fr
2019.05.07
5 Adventurous Activities to Enjoy on Hachijojima, the “Hawaii of Japan”
A visit to Hachijojima, an island nearly 300 kilometers south of Tokyo, is the perfect weekend getaway. It’s far enough from the big city to truly esc
2019.04.19
Destination Hanami: Hacking Golden Week for another Chance at Cherry Blossoms
When it comes to hanami (cherry blossom viewing), a mere two weeks a year of blossom-induced bliss is never enough. However, there's a way to partake
2019.03.07
Find your Perfect Hanami Spot ! 16 Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in the Tokyo Area
If you are in Tokyo during the cherry blossoms season, it may be hard to pick up a specific place to view the sakura trees as the metropolis has so mu