Hakone is a popular mountain area south of Tokyo, with beautiful nature and spectacular views of the iconic Mount Fuji, offering serene onsen/ hot spring bliss and lots of attractions. Here we give our Hakone travel guide including a detailed step-by-step travel itinerary of the best things to do in Hakone.
Himeji Castle is Japan’s most spectacular castle and well worth a visit. It is one of only twelve original castles left in Japan and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here is a guide of what to see at Himeji Castle with the best walking route of the castle grounds.
Nagasaki may be best known for the atomic bomb hit that destroyed the city at the end of World War II, but as this Nagasaki itinerary will show you, Nagasaki today is much more than its tragic World War II history. In addition to the Nagasaki atomic bomb museum, memorial monuments, and peace park, you will be surprised by all this charming and vibrant city has to offer. Nagasaki has a fascinating centuries-old history, beautiful European colonial areas, churches, parks, lovely canals with atmospheric bridges, colorful shrines, and temples, and a vibrant China Town.
Glover Garden is a lovely hillside landscaped garden and open-air museum with a breathtaking view overlooking Nagasaki harbor. The green and lush garden house the former homes of the European tradesmen and their families who lived in Nagasaki during the city’s Meiji-period in the second half of the 19th century. Glover Garden is one of the best attractions in Nagasaki, in my opinion.
Right in the heart of the Kansai region and surrounded in every direction by some of Japan’s most famous sights lies the modern metropolitan city of Osaka. But as Japan’s third-largest city deciding where to stay in Osaka can easily start to feel quite overwhelming. Here we reveal what we think are the best areas to stay in Osaka and why. For each area, we have listed our favorite hotels at any budget.
The sacred mountain Mount Misen on Miyajima Island is an excellent day-trip from Hiroshima. No matter whether you choose to take the Miyajima Ropeway or walk up to the mountain top, the amazing view, fantastic landscape, and beautiful temples are well worth the trip!
Shukkeien Garden is a fantastic 400 years old Japanese landscape garden in Hiroshima. It is one of the finest gardens in Japan, especially stunning during autumn and spring when the autumn leaves colors and cherry blossoms are on.
Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city after Tokyo and Yokohama, may not be regarded as the prettiest city in Japan, lacking those big beautiful parks, Japanese gardens, and grand temples that we all love. But give Osaka a chance and you will be rewarded with a modern, energetic city filled with life, interesting sights, and friendly people. … Read more
Osaka Castle, or Osaka-jo, as it is called in Japanese, is one of Japan’s most famous attractions and well worth a visit! More than 2,5 million people visit Osaka Castle every year. It is the biggest attraction in Osaka and features on all those lists “the best castles in Japan” and “the most beautiful castles … Read more
The Geisha districts Gion and Pontocho are a must-visit if you are planning a trip to Kyoto. Here we give you the ultimate walking route of Gion & Pontocho, with all the sights and highlights.
The Hozugawa River Boat Tour is a fantastic way to experience Kyoto’s nature. While Kyoto is most famous for its beautiful temples and well preserved historic neighborhoods, surrounding it is some truly spectacular nature with mountains, rivers, and forests. One of these green lungs is the western mountains surrounding the Hozugawa River.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is Kyoto’s most popular and famous temple, surrounded by a vast forest. It is particularly beautiful during the Cherry Blossom season (March/ April) and Autumn Leaves season (November) when it is illuminated in the evenings. It is one of the biggest highlights of Kyoto and a must-visit!