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Hakone and The Old Tokaido Road

April 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Hakone is usually more synonymous with skiing or being a jumping off point for tours to Mt. Fuji but it’s actually a great place to check out almost anytime of the year since it’s easily accessible by way of the Odakyu Line or many direct express buses. Of the many things to get into, we’re […]

Mother’s Farm: Mountaintop Petting Zoo and More in Chiba Prefecture

February 21, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Ok, that may have been a bit of an over-simplification. Mother Farm (マザー牧場) is an expansive working entertainment farm that is located in the Chiba’s central Boso Peninsula countryside sitting 300m atop Mt. Kanozan. All of these qualities comebine to create the perfect outing for those wanting to getaway from the Metropolis’s traffic-choked, building lined […]

What’s on in Yokohama, October 2017

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Just a short jaunt from Tokyo, despite being the second biggest city in the country and only 20 minutes from the craziness of the capital, Yokohama manages to retain a sense of peace, neighborhood atmosphere and charm that makes it an excellent destination for a day trip to escape the hustle and bustle. As well as […]

Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

May 19, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

While the area is famous for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, when one thinks of the mountanous prefecture of Nagano, art isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. However, this preconception may be about to change. Up in the northwest of the prefecture, from early June to the end of July, the […]

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo

May 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

  In 1887, the Japan Beer Brewery Company cleared an area of farmland in order to build a brewery where they would make, using German methods, their new premium beer, Yebisu. In the intervening years, the area which came to be named after the beer (rather than the commonly held belief that it was the […]

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