Visit: Parks & Nature

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
2018.09.19
3 Amazing Autumn Day Trips from Shinjuku
Although there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fall colors in Shinjuku, nothing beats getting out into nature and strolling or hiking below a ca
2018.09.10
Autumn in Shinjuku: 3 Amazing Spots for Viewing Fall Colors
As one of Tokyo's major business hubs, Shinjuku admittedly isn't the first location that comes to mind when seeking out places to soak in the splendid
2018.08.27
Explore Japan’s Living History in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
With a giant moat, ancient, towering stone walls, and police officers and security guards around every corner, the Imperial Palace grounds, can be a l
2018.08.20
10 Tips for Climbing Mt Fuji
The official Mt Fuji climbing season only lasts two months a year. From early July to early September, you can safely climb to the top of Japan’s high
2018.07.19
Explore Shinjuku Chuo Park and Its Secret History
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park, a lush greenspace surrounded by the office towers and luxury apartment high-rise
2018.07.04
The Akasaka Palace: Tokyo’s Hidden National Treasure
During my early years in Japan, I realized that cycling was an excellent way to explore Tokyo and get a feel for how its patchwork of wards connect wi
2018.06.15
A Bento in the Park: The Perfect Shinjuku Lunch Break
When I worked in the Nishi-shinjuku skyscraper district, I always enjoyed taking lunch breaks with my co-workers among the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku
2018.06.05
Shinjuku Running: Sprinting through Toyama Park
According to statistics shared by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, more than 35% of Tokyo is covered in woods and forests. Shinjuku is no exception