A highlight of Japan that most tourists never see – Chiba’s Mount Nokogiriyama

Mount Nokogiriyama is a stunning day trip from Tokyo for those that want to see a bit of the countryside. Located on the Boso Peninsula in Kanto, it’s a 330-meter high mountain looking over Tokyo bay. While it’s a bit of a trek to get there all the way from Chiba, it’s definitely worth it!Continue reading “A highlight of Japan that most tourists never see – Chiba’s Mount Nokogiriyama”

Mount Mitake

Mt. Mitake (御岳山) is considered a sacred mountain by many Japanese, who frequently make a pilgrimage from Tokyo to the shrines up the mountain and on top. The 929 metre tall summit is easily, and cheaply, accessible from the big city and provides great views of Kanto. Alongside Mount Takao, the best mountain for hiking inContinue reading “Mount Mitake”

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島) is a famous hot spring and sightseeing destination, and a popular side trip from Tokyo. While not that popular with foreign tourists, it is becoming increasing well-known. A host of passes make it a great travel idea for budget travellers. Budget travel tips The Minami Izu Free Pass is great for travel in andContinue reading “Izu Peninsula”

Narita City

Got some time to kill before or after a flight at Narita Airport? Narita City (成田) has a few things to check out, and can definitely occupy a good day of travel. Budget travel tip When booking with an LCC airline, don’t be afraid to book the cheapest flights if it means a short stayContinue reading “Narita City”

Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine (神田明神) is a major Shinto shrine near Akihabara and Ueno. Over 1000 years old, the buildings have been stunningly reserved and the garden even more so. People visit the shrine to pray for prosperity and wealth. Budget travel tips Walk from Akihabara. After geeking out, walk north up the main street (Chuo Dori) andContinue reading “Kanda Myojin Shrine”

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a small shrine complex and garden, famous for it’s yearly Azalea Festival. It has around 3000 azaleas, while the shrine itself is a great example of Edo period architecture. Budget travel tips It’s quite a small shrine complex, so only come here during the Azalea Festival in early April to early May. How toContinue reading “Nezu Shrine”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park

While the name is quite a tongue twister, Toritsu Tamakyuryo Natural Park and the associated shrine and pagoda complex make for a great tourist attraction in suburban Tokyo. Top Tips It’s little far from central Tokyo, so consider combining it with Mount Takao and/or Showa Memorial Park. Great for Autumn colours.  Check our report here. How toContinue reading “Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park”

Harajuku

Harajuku (はらじゅく/原宿), between Shinjuku and Shibuya, is a heartland of youth fashion and activity.  It will provide plenty of splendid culture shock for an visitor, young or old. Budget travel tips Be sure to explore the smaller streets, full of fashion shops and nice cafes.  See the map for a recommended route, but it’s aContinue reading “Harajuku”

Asakusa

Asakusa (あさくさ/浅草) is the main tourist zone in Tokyo.  While this may put some travelers off, it is still a must see for any visit to Japan.  Asakusa features Tokyo’s most famous temple, atmospheric old-fashioned streets and plenty of attractions for all types of travelers.  All are an easy walk from each other. Budget travelContinue reading “Asakusa”

Kawagoe

Kawagoe (かわごえ/川越) is a beautiful traditional down less than an hour away from central Tokyo.  It features a famous authentic old tower and shopping street, which is why many people call it ‘Little Edo’ (Edo was the old name for Tokyo).  A great place for a nice one day trip away from the skyscrapers ofContinue reading “Kawagoe”

Sengakuji temple

Sengakuji temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple near Shinagawa station.   This is the location of the Revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin, when 47 masterless samurai murdered a feudal lord. Their master was forced to commit suicide after attacking the lord, so with no master the Ronin planned their attack.  They eventually killed the lord, andContinue reading “Sengakuji temple”