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…

Okayama Castle & Garden – Summer Illuminations

Not knowing what a spectacular evening we had ahead of us, we thought we’d pay Okayama Castle a quick visit after we returned from our cycling tour in the Kibi Plain. As it was approaching 5 p.m. – the usual closing time of museums and castles in Japan – we didn’t even expected being able…

Kibi Plain Cycle in Okayama

Cycling in Japan’s countryside is exceptionally beautiful and if you find yourself in Okayama, make sure to explore the rural flatland called Kibi Plain by bike. Simply get on a 11-minute train from Okayama station to Bizen-Ichinomiya, rent a bike at the station and follow the rental shop’s cycling map or this online itinerary. This…

3 Nights in Osaka

Explore different sides of Osaka in this two-day itinerary covering history & culture, Japanese craft beer, street photography in nostalgic districts and artsy neighbourhoods.

Best of Ishigaki – Beaches, Snorkelling, Sunsets and More!

Welcome to tropical paradise! Take a seat on your beach lounge and get comfortable with some slices of fresh pineapple and Orion beer while enjoying the spectacular view onto crystal clear water and some of the most incredible sunsets. Not sold yet? Then how about snorkeling in the shallow, warm waters to see tiny blue…