Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is a wonderful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Not far from Shibuya, it offers lush forests and occasionally luminously blue waters. Not sure why this place isn’t on more tourist maps! Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.2km Time: 30 mins How to get there From Shibuya station, take the TokyuContinue reading “Todoroki Valley”

Miyajima

Miyajima is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site near Osaka and Hiroshima.  It’s often near the top of the list for most travelers, and offers and easy to access and peaceful rest from the big city. Budget travel tips Download the free tourist map here, or pick one up at the Tourist Information Center (see map). Everywhere is within walkingContinue reading “Miyajima”

Dotonbori Canal

If you have seen a picture of Osaka before, it was probably of Dotonbori Canal.  The remodeled canal is an amazing area, and so much better now that you can walk along it’s banks.  Countless photo opportunities and lots of lights. Budget travel tips Best in the evening. Make sure you also check out Dotonbori Street whenContinue reading “Dotonbori Canal”