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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 […]

Zoos of Tokyo

February 15, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As spring starts to raise its oh-so welcome head, it’s time to abandon the confines of the indoors and embrace the glorious outside before that stifling summer heat reclaims the land. One  great way to enjoy the fresh air whilst entertaining the family is to take them out to one of the city’s zoos. There are […]