Cycling Along Tottori’s Coastline

It’s already been three weeks since we’ve returned from our first one-week bikepacking trip to Tottori and Shimane prefectures, collectively known as “San’In“. This region calls upon tourists to “discover another Japan” and we think rightly so, as our trip started with walking on sand dunes, cycling up a cliffside path to see crystal clear…

Japan Winter Tales: Karuizawa

’twas a bleak night in January and we spontaneously decided to get away from Yokohama to the nearby winter wonderland Karuizawa in Nagano. Our friends have been recommending Karuizawa for the past years to us, as it’s famous four its autumn leaves, cute town and large outlet shopping mall. Well, it wasn’t quite autumn season…

Learning to snowboard in Hakuba! (and deciding not to ski)

Should I ski or should I snowboard? Before we went on our recent snowboarding trip to Hakuba, we had loooonnng debates on which winter sport to learn. For a couple of years I skiied on a dry ski slope in the UK as a teenager and also went on a week long ski trip to…

Japan Winter Tales: Snowboarding in Hakuba

While Tokyo, Kanagawa and a few other densely populated cities in Japan have declared a state of emergency until the 7th of March, life goes on as usual in all the other prefectures. And so, on a long weekend in February, we decided to track out to one of Japan’s most famous ski resort towns:…

Roppongi Winter Illuminations

With temperatures dropping close to 0 °C, winter is in full swing in the Greater Tokyo area. Just before the second state of emergency was declared in December, we headed over to Roppongi to see the annual winter illuminations. At Roppongi station you can ascend an elevated platform for perfect views over the sparkling illuminations…

Creative Art Keeping a Mountain Village Alive

While travelling through Shikoku prefecture, which is famous for its Buddhist pilgrimage site and nature, we made it one of our top priorities to visit an unusual place: Nagoro „scarecrow“ village. We first heard of this place watching „James May in Japan“ on Prime, and since then were curious about it. The story behind Nagoro…

The Shimanami Kaido – Japan’s Best Cycling Route

Designated as one of the seven best bike routes in the world by CNN, we were determined to discover the Shimanami Kaido on our Shikoku roundtrip in the summer. Not only did we have high expectations, but this trip turned out to be one of our best holiday experiences in Japan. Getting Started The Shimanami…

Aomori off the beaten track

Japan’s northern Aomori prefecture is most famous for its Hakkoda mountains and apple plantations, but also offers hidden gems that are only accessible by car or bike if you have a high cycling stamina. These were our five favourite places we visited as part of a half-day trip in Aomori while driving around the prefecture…

Cycling along Aomori‘s apple orchards

If you‘ve been following our blog for a while or know us personally, you know that we love cycling, especially in Japan where cycling in the countryside gives you a chance of experiencing authentic culture off the beaten track. While touring Aomori prefecture, famous for its apple orchards, we stayed two nights in Goshogawara as…

Autumn drive through the Hakkōda mountains

Over three days we explored different sights in the the Hakkoda mountains in the peak of the autumn colours. Are you interested in finding out where are the best places in Aomori to see autumn foliage? Here are some of our favourite sites. Tsutanuma forest walk We arrived at Tsutanuma mid-afternoon on an extremely busy…