Chinen Marine Leisure Center

Chinen Marine Leisure Center (知念海洋レジャーセンター) is a great place for budget travellers to experience coral reefs cheaply. The area is a great place to go swimming, diving or fishing. 25 minute tours of the coral reef and tropical fish are available on glass bottomed boats (1,400 yen), as well as a boat service to aContinue reading “Chinen Marine Leisure Center”

Cape Manzamo

Cape Manzamo (万座毛) provides one of the best views on the island of Okinawa, and is a great place to enjoy its pleasures for just the cost of a bus ride. Located in Nago Bay, the stunning blue waters and cliffs make for awesome photos. Nearby many beaches, including Manza Beach, are free for touristsContinue reading “Cape Manzamo”

Tropical Dream Center

Tropical Dream Center (熱帯ドリームセンター) is a popular destination in Okinawa, with around 2000 orchids and tropical plants to view. Information Open: 8:30-19:00 (March-September), 8:30-17:30 (October-February) Price: 670 yen How to get there From Naha Bus Terminal, visitors can take a bus here. Book at the terminal at least the day before. Map

Tottori

Tottori (鳥取) is the most popular city in northern Chugoku, best known for its sand dunes (the largest in Japan) and associated sand museum. Budget travel tips Pick up a Look Kirinjishi Bus pass from the train station Tourist Information Center, which takes visitors to all the main tourist spots. Available on weekends, national holidaysContinue reading “Tottori”

Kochi

Kochi (高知) is a large city in southern Shikoku containing the usual attractions of shrines and a castle, but with a few very unique, and often shocking, tourist spots such as the dog fighting culture. Budget travel tips Make sure you bring and show your passport at the Tourist Information Center outside Kochi station whenContinue reading “Kochi”

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”

Kamakura Autumn Colours Report

In my quest to take as many Autumn colour pictures as possible, I ventured out to Kamakura using the Kamakura Free Pass.  If you like to see beautiful golden and red leaves and want to get out of Tokyo for a day, Kamakura is the place to go! You will see these bridges as youContinue reading “Kamakura Autumn Colours Report”

Kamakura

Kamakura (鎌倉) makes for a great day trip from Tokyo, and when combined with the Enoshima Kamakura Freepass is a really cheap way to see a more traditional area. Kamakura is full of interesting shrines, great Autumn colour and cherry blossom areas, and a huge Buddha! Top tips Try to just do places in the Enoshima KamakuraContinue reading “Kamakura”

Enoshima Kamakura Freepass

If you are visiting Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo, this return pass is essential.  It will save you a lot of money and hassle. It gets very busy on weekends, so try to go on weekdays. What does it cost? One Day Pass: Adults 1,430 yen, Children 720 yen. When can I use it?Continue reading “Enoshima Kamakura Freepass”