Iya Valley

Vine Bridges of the Iya Valley

Has there ever been a place you’ve dreamed of going to for years? You’ve seen it in pictures, you’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it from other travellers… but you just haven’t been able to get there yourself. Maybe you and your travel buddies just couldn’t align your schedules. Maybe you were waiting for…

Japan’s Beautiful Canal Town

After around 4 hours and multiple train changes, I had arrived at Okayama, the self-proclaimed Land of Sunshine, and the official home of the folktale character Momotaro (a boy who is born out of a giant peach found floating down a river). From Okayama Station, I then hopped on a local train and made my…

Le Petit Prince in Hakone

Hakone is home to a very bizarre mixture of things. To most Japanese, it is known as an onsen town. The many hot springs in the area are thanks to the volcano complex, Mt Hakone. You can even go up to the crater where you’ll find black onsen-boiled eggs that add 7 years onto your life!…

Snow Magic in Sapporo

Sapporo, the city of the north… Despite it’s harsh winter weather and average annual snowfall of about 6 metres, it’s surprisingly Japan’s 5th largest city. It’s not constantly dark and gloomy, though. Just think, endless chances to have snowball fights, make snow angels, go skiing, eat fresh seafood, slurp down miso ramen – there’s a lot to love! And there’s one more…

A to Z: 2016 Review

It’s a bit late but, Happy New Year! How is it already the end of January? For my 2016 review post, I thought I’d change it up again and sort my fave memories according to the letters of the alphabet. I love doing these yearly wrap up posts as I get to look back at all of…

Fukiware Falls

Momiji Hunting in Gunma

November in Japan is such a great time to be outdoors. Crisp mornings and clear skies, golden afternoon light and intense sunsets, and the best part… explosions of autumn colour around every corner! A few friends and I hit the road mid-November to go momiji hunting through central Gunma. Despite being so close to Tokyo,…

Kitayamazaki

Summer Trip to the Sanriku Coast

Ever since leaving Fukushima prefecture after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, I’ve wanted to go back and explore more of Tohoku and in some way support the local people. I’d never been to the Sanriku Coast before the earthquake, so I’d never seen the villages that once lined the shores. It wasn’t until I was there this August, driving through…