Hiking & Sightseeing in Oku-Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

To experience a foreigner-friendly beginner hike with amazing views, especially in autumn, head to Oku-Nikko, or ‘Inner Nikko’, in Tochigi Prefecture. Although possible to do in a day trip, I highly recommend an overnight stay in order to experience more of what the area has to offer.  From Tokyo, it also takes over three hours … More Hiking & Sightseeing in Oku-Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival, Saitama Prefecture

Every year, from mid-September to mid-October, a park in Koma, Saitama Prefecture turns vivid red when approximately 500,000 red spider lilies spring up from the ground in a forested area cris-crossed by walking paths.   It is a wonderful day trip from Tokyo and is easy to access by mass transportation. Use hyperdia.com to find … More Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival, Saitama Prefecture

Self-guided Tokyo Sakura Walk: Chidorigafuchi

One of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing ‘walks’ is the path around the moat near Yasukuni Shrine, that passes Chidorigafuchi. It is also lit up at night. If you take this walk, don’t forget to visit the back of Yasukuni Shrine. Most people are unaware of the lovely Japanese garden there that is surrounded … More Self-guided Tokyo Sakura Walk: Chidorigafuchi