Visit: Parks & Nature

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
2019.03.01
The Sumida Aquarium: Explore an Underwater World below Tokyo Skytree
Japan is home to some of the world's largest and most fascinating aquariums. Although nothing can compare to the extraordinary Okinawa Churaumi Aquari
2019.02.22
Yozakura: 3 Unique Ways to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms at Night
The joy and grandeur of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) doesn't end when the sun sets. Thanks to “yozakura,” the custom of viewing cherry blossoms at
2019.02.01
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park: Nature and Hiking at Tokyo’s Doorstep
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, located just West of Tokyo, is a vast recreational area for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Although hiking is
2019.01.28
Planning for Cherry Blossoms: Tips for 3 of Tokyo's Hanami Hot Spots
It's never too early to start planning hanami parties (or planning a trip to Japan to experience them). Cherry blossom forecasts start popping up as e
2018.12.27
3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of 2019
Although I prefer to go on day trips, I do enjoy staying the night of December 31st in a mountain hut and taking part in the tradition of “hatsuhinode
2018.11.23
Mt Aoba - Takahama’s Highest Viewpoint
A hike up Mt Aoba offers refreshing nature, breathtaking views, and some thrilling climbing sections between its two peaks. If you’re itching to do an
2018.11.19
Visit 3 of Tokyo's Most Famous Parks with this 1-Day Walking Course
Tokyo is famous for its vast network of expansive public parks and green spaces. If you are visiting the city and staying in or near Shinjuku or Shibu