The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant disaster made the prefecture of Fukushima internationally known for all the wrong reasons. The words “radiation” and “unsafe” became synonymous to the town’s image, where both local and foreign tourists completely abandoned the area rendering it from a place for sightseeing to a place to fear and skip. I am […]Read more "Colored Lakes of Urabandai, A reason to visit Fukushima again"
So here’s the plan: 1. Board the overnight Willer Bus bound for Toyama with departure time of 10pm at Shinagawa, Tokyo and with expected arrival time of 6am at Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture. 2. Find the Denetsu Toyama station at Toyama City, board the 1 hour local railway that will bring me to Tateyama Station. […]Read more "Traversing the “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route”, Japan"
During one of the long-weekend holiday last September, after almost a year of planning and changing my mind, I finally made it to Oze National Park via Gunma Prefecture approach. Most frequently mentioned on my blogs how difficult the access on some of the places I been to, Oze National Park without any doubt deserves […]Read more "Early Autumn Hike at Oze National Park"
It was almost a year ago when I first visited Mt. Fuji 5th Station just to look around. I was immediately fascinated with the number of hikers ready to conquer the 3,776m inactive volcano. I vowed to myself that I shall return on the next hiking season and be on of those that can proudly […]Read more "I Climbed Mt. Fuji !"
“Ilha Formosa!” (Beautiful Island!) was said to be the first reaction of the Portuguese sailors upon the discovery of the island nation of Taiwan. Though I enjoyed the tourist spots, the food and the people of Taipei, there is still one thing missing on my list and that is to see Taiwan’s natural beauty, which […]Read more "Taroko Gorge is what makes Taiwan a “Ilha Formosa”"
In preparation for my summer goal of conquering Mt. Fuji, I been trying to squeeze in as much weekend hiking, as the weather could possibly allow. Let’s just say, I want to do a lot of “practice hike” before I go for the big one. Back home if you tell your friends that you consider […]Read more "Hiking Mt. Oyama"
Tokyo never ceases to amaze. Apart from the unexplained satisfaction that I acquire from walking at Shibuya intersection, trying so hard to look like a hipster in her early thirties, there are certain parts of the city that somehow makes me thankful for taking one of the toughest job assignment that I had so far. […]Read more "Off the Beaten Dori: Todoroki Valley"
After three years of working in Dubai, where the closest you can get to nature is admiring the water-injected trees of Madinat Jumeirah, you can only imagine how I miss nature. Once I arrived in Tokyo, all I wanted to do is hug every tree in the park and spend my weekends hiking every available […]Read more "Admiring the “Japanese Alps” at Kamikochi"