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Day Trips From Tokyo – Kamakura, the Kyoto of the East

April 17, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When tourist destinations claim to ‘have it all’, you can generally presume that this is short hand for ‘there are a few things that are okay, but nothing of particular great note’. However, when it comes to Kamakura, a city with abundant nature, fantastic food, sports and an illustrious historical heritage, it is hard to deny that claim. […]

Family Fun in Tokyo at Yomiuri Land Amusement Park

October 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While the sprawling Disney resort is the most famous amusement park in the Tokyo area it is by no means the only one. Just thirty minutes outside of central Tokyo you can also find Yomiuri Land. While not as immense as its neighbor Disney, but Yomiuri Land is still an excellent day out, particularly if you […]

Outdoor Pools Around Tokyo

July 23, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As you are probably by now only too well aware, summer certainly swelters here in Japan. This of course brings a multitude of problems, such as how to deal with with hot and sticky public transport, which isotonic sports drink to chug to replace lost minerals due to continuous sweating, and how you can drag yourself away […]

Celebrate Mountain Day by Hiking Around Tokyo

June 30, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

One great thing about living in Japan is the fact that there are so many holidays. Between New Year’s Day on January 1st and the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23, there are a further 15 national holidays observed. One new addition this year to the calendar is Mountain Day, or ‘Yama no he’ (山の日), on August 11. […]

Enoshima, Kanagawa’s Island Goddess

March 28, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Just 50 km southwest of Tokyo city center there lies an exquisite island of such natural beauty you wouldn’t be surprised to find it inhabited by celestial beings. So be not surprised, because that is precisely what you will find. The island of Enoshima is the jewel in the crown in the coastal region of Shōnan […]

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