Day Trips

Saio Festival in Mie

May 30, 2022 By Bert Wishart

From Elsa to Cinderella to Snow White, princesses are held in extremely high regard in Japanese culture. But it isn't just your common-or-garden Disney princess that enraptures the attention of...[ Click to read more ]

Miroku no Sato: Your Next Day Trip in Hiroshima

Mar 24, 2022 By William Farrow

As the warmth of spring begins to run over Japan, people are looking to get outdoors again. For residents of Hiroshima city and the surrounding areas, Miroku no Sato offers...[ Click to read more ]

Visit UNESCO Sites Galore and More in Historical Shingu

Nov 30, 2021 By Bert Wishart

Some people travel around the world to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some people will never visit one in their entire life. But with a single trip to Shingu in...[ Click to read more ]

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Diamond Magic – Witness The Diamond Fuji Phenomenon

Dec 26, 2019 By Bert Wishart

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually occurring phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel...[ Click to read more ]

Ise’s Oyster Eating Extravaganza in Mie

Nov 26, 2018 By Bert Wishart

In much of the world, oysters are considered something of a delicacy. They are an aphrodisiac, they are rare, and thanks to their high price they are often considered the preserve...[ Click to read more ]

Day Trips: Miyama, Kyoto’s Mountain Retreat

Oct 15, 2018 By Bert Wishart

Just 30 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the tourist mecca that is Kyoto city sits Miyata, a beautiful little hamlet that could have come straight out of Edo...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Away in Japan: Kanagawa

May 29, 2018 By Bert Wishart

Though Kanagawa Prefecture is often dismissed as 'that bit next to Tokyo', you shouldn't let its relatively small stature when compared to its glamorous neighbor fool you; from bright city...[ Click to read more ]

Lake Biwa – Take a Day trip, or Longer, to Japan’s Great Lake

Oct 20, 2016 By Bert Wishart

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖 or Biwa-ko) in Shiga Prefecture is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, and thanks to it being located just northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto, it...[ Click to read more ]

Noritake Garden – Nagoya’s Ceramic Star

Feb 27, 2015 By Bert Wishart

Aichi is well known as a centre of Japanese industry, but what is less well known is that it is also the birthplace of one of the world’s leading ceramic dinnerware "china" brands, Noritake....[ Click to read more ]

Toyota Plant and Museum Tour

Feb 26, 2015 By Bert Wishart

As the third largest producer worldwide, there can be no doubting the importance of the automobile industry to Japan’s economy, and here in Aichi we are at the heart of...[ Click to read more ]