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"
Hida-Furukawa is another equally pleasant, small town at Gifu prefecture, located just about 15km north of Takayama. Though, you can take the local Hida Train, the most convenient access is via the Nohi Bus from Takayama Station. Not only it is a cheaper option, but it will allow you to see the simple town lives […]Read more "Canals and Carps of Hida-Furukawa"
Golden week is one of the most awaited national holiday in Japan. A week, where several consecutive holidays are scheduled to take place and with only two working days in between. For most working men and women, this is the perfect opportunity to dust off those luggages and cross another country on the travel list. […]Read more "Thatched Roof Farmhouses of Hida Folk Village, Hida-Takayama"
If there is one thing that best represent Japan’s natural beauty, it has to be the highest mountain- Mt. Fuji. The 3,766m symmetrical cone shaped mountain has inspired poet and artist for decades, where it was often depicted with the top- half covered in snow. My first visit to the mountain was last year, during […]Read more "Mt. Fuji “Shibazakura” Flower Festival"
If you are planning a trip to Japan and wants to have less expensive options, the best advice that I could share is for you to always look out for the promotional transportation pass offered by Japan Railways (JR). Using my JR Kanto Area Pass for the price of 8,000 yen, I managed to board a shinkansen […]Read more "On the Tip of Izu Peninsula (Izu Hanto): Irozaki & Shimoda"
In case you are wondering where do the rich Tokyoites went to hide when the unforgiving summer heat creep into the city or where the lovely Japanese ladies trade their kimono for an 18th Century styled dress, the answer is Karuizawa, Nagano. Consider as an upper market mountain resort at the foot of Mount Asama, […]Read more "Summer Vacation Town of Karuizawa"
As the weather slowly transition from winter to spring by giving us weeks after weeks of rain, I have this urgent longing for sunshine, a huge desire to be surrounded by trees and to simply dress down to t-shirt and shorts. So, when the no work-Tuesday holiday was confirmed, I know that I must escape […]Read more "Hiking Mitakesan (Mt. Mitake)"
The Hanami Season is in full swing and after days of strong winds, the weekend weather though still chilly somehow cooperates with everyone’s desire to enjoy Sakura as it approaches full bloom. As expected, all the major parks across town are crowded and to enjoy Hanami is something that requires not only a picnic mat […]Read more "Cherry Blossom Saturday: Mitsuike Koen, Inokashira Park, Yoyogi Park"
Last Sunday, I decided to checked out Ueno Park, Tokyo for the much awaited Cherry Blossom season in Japan. I don’t have much expectation that I will be able to spot Sakura in full bloom due to recent reports that the slow transition between winter and spring has caused seasonal delay. But to my surprise, […]Read more "Beginning of Hanami Season (Cherry Blossom Season)"
After spending some quality time getting to know the red-face snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park, I headed back to the Kanbayashi entrance area as advised by Yumoto-san, the owner of Shimaya Ryokan where I was staying. He specifically instructed me, that I must stay put up to around 2:30 pm, since I will be witnessing […]Read more "“Walk on Fire” Ritual at Kanbayashi Shrine,Yamanouchi, Nagano"