Exploring Yokohama’s Seaside by Bike

Happy Friday! As temperatures have finally dropped since Typhoon Nanmadol made its way through Japan, the weather is now ideal for exploring Japan’s great outdoors by bike. Also, for those of you reading this from outside of Japan, we’re excited to let you know that the Japanese government has announced that tourists are finally allowed…

Life on Mars: Aso-Kuju National Park

‘Mount Aso is one of the most active volcanoes in the world that ordinary tourists can visit,’ I read on a board while looking out to the smokey mountainscape and pondered on whether to feel terrified, but rather enjoyed looking out at such a majestic landscape. Mount Aso can be seen in two distinctly different…

Takachiho’s Mystery Filled Landscapes

Takachiho Gorge is one of those places that you see on the front cover of a glossy magazine advertising travelling to Japan’s natural wonders. And then when you get there and see it with your own eyes, you quickly realise… it looks exactly as on these glossy advertisements! Spending a whole day in Takachiho allowed…

Spring Break in Oita, Japans #1 Onsen Prefecture!

On a cold Saturday morning in March, we set off for a week-long trip to Japan’s southernmost of the 3 main islands to visit an area that has long been on our bucket list: Oita, Aso-Kujo National Park and Miyazaki. Oita Prefecture: Beppu, Oita City and Yufuin As you already read in the title, Oita…

Snowboarding in Nozawa Onsen

Early in January, we decided to go on a 3 day snowboarding break to the accessible-from-Tokyo resort of Nozawa Onsen in Nagano. Just a 15 minute bus ride from Shinkansen station Iiyama, we were there in what felt like no time and checked into Lodge Matsuya. Immediately striking were the huge snow drifts and incredible…

8 Things to do in Ishigaki Off Season

While we are currently experiencing the coldest time of the year in most parts of Japan, you might feel drawn to traveling to the southern islands of Okinawa which are known for its pristine white sand beaches, snorkelling, rich biodiversity and fresh fruit. Ishigaki is one of Okinawa’s most beautiful islands and being closer to…

Hokkaido Winter Tales: Sapporo

Being Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo has lots to offer from culinary experiences to spectacular viewpoints, a vibrant nightlife and nature in the city. In this article, we would like to introduce you to the top five things to do in Sapporo in winter. Experience a nature winter wonderland If you love long snow walks, snow activities…

Hokkaido Winter Tales: Lake Toya

Having visited Lake Toya 4.5 years ago on a summer trip from Shanghai to Hokkaido, we were especially excited to visit this beautiful area again. Toyako is situated just a 2 hour drive south of Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo and famous for having hosted the G8 Hokkaido Summit at the Windsor hotel on a mountain top…

Hokkaido Winter Tales: Niseko

CRUNCH goes the powder snow as I walk to one of the world’s best ski slopes in Niseko, Hokkaido. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts seem to agree that the snow here is made of 10% water and 90% love or maybe it’s just pure magic. Once we entered this winter wonderland, I knew it would be…

Cycling the Wakayama 800

As we loved cycling one of the world’s best cycling paths across the Seto Inland Sea, called Shimanami Kaido, we were eager to try out another route promoted to cyclists called “Wakayama 800” during a week-long trip this autumn. The route we chose was a mix of mountainside and seaside with some challenging climbs and…