Visit: Parks & Nature

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
2018.10.26
Experience the Teahouses of Shinjuku Gyoen
Although Shinjuku Gyoen is most revered for its beautiful gardens and scenic vistas, exploring the forest paths of this massive, tranquil greenspace w
2018.10.09
Discover Saihoji: The Ancient Moss Temple of Kyoto
It is said that Kyoto is home to thousands of  temples and shrines. You've probably already heard of the most famous ones: Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavil
2018.10.03
Autumn Adventures: The Fall Colors of Lake Okutama
You may be familiar with Mt. Takao, the closest and easiest hike near Tokyo. If you've experienced all that Mt. Takao has to offer, it's time to go de