See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil…

In an attempt to catch the last of the Autumn leaves, I took the train up north to Nikko. This town at the entrance to the Nikko National Park and is most well known for it’s highly decorated shrines and the scenic, mountainous landscapes . The main attraction is Toshogu – a lavishly decorated collection…

Autumn leaves in Okutama

More autumn colours! Living in Tokyo, I’m spoilt for access to some of the best autumn foliage, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out about a new place to visit – Okutama. This area has many rural villages, forested mountains, hills, rivers and gorges and, even though it’s 80km west of central Tokyo, is…

Hot springs and pirate boats in Hakone

An easy day trip from Tokyo, or a good excuse for a weekend away, Hakone sits at the top of the Izu peninsula, surrounded by active volcanoes. It’s these volcanes which provide fantastic onsen (geothermal springs) that you can bathe in, making Hakone a very popular tourist destination in Japan. I started my journey by…

Rainy day in Kamakura

Even in the rain, the nearby town of Kamakura makes for a great escape from Tokyo. Just under an hour away by train, this town is known for its impressive array of temples and more laid-back rural feel. From Kamakura station, I took the rather quaint Enoshima Electric Tram to Hase station to start temple-hopping.…