Japanese summer

Your Summer Prep Checklist

May 31, 2024 By William Farrow

As the sun begins its daily climb earlier and earlier with each passing day, the familiar signs of summer have begun to show. Experienced Japan residents know what this means...[ Click to read more ]

Best Outdoor Swimming Locations in Kansai

May 29, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Whether it’s a day trip to the beach, a dip in a pretty lake or going for a wild swim in a river, making the most of the summer sun...[ Click to read more ]

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Great Walks in Kansai

Apr 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

With summer fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to plan a jaunt or two away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Japan is a country well-known for its...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Hanami Spots in Kansai

Feb 29, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Hanami is an annual event unique to Japan. The word means “flower viewing” and it relates to the springtime blooming of the flowers on cherry blossom trees (sakura) across Japan....[ Click to read more ]

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Places You Can Go with Your Dog in Kobe

Jan 31, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Exploring Kobe is no fun if you always need to leave your dog behind. The good news is there are plenty of places you can go together throughout the city,...[ Click to read more ]

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Summit of Mount Kobo

Top 5 Spring Hiking Destinations in Japan

Mar 31, 2022 By Michael Stigall

With 73% of Japan's landmass being mountains, there's plenty of selection for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. There is absolutely gorgeous terrain to hike throughout the country, and every region boasts...[ Click to read more ]

Climbing Mount Fuji

Jul 14, 2019 By Ray Proper

Fuji season is upon us again!  The official climbing season for Fujisan, as it is known locally, is in July and August.  While it is possible to climb during other...[ Click to read more ]

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Celebrate the Last Days of Summer in Hiroshima… Outdoors!

Aug 24, 2017 By Jade Brischke

So the weather is cooling down (okay, seriously, who am I kidding?) but with the days still sunny and fine it’s the perfect time to catch the last of the...[ Click to read more ]


Welcome the Warmer Weather with 6 Natural Escapes in Kobe

Mar 27, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Situated between the sea and an impressive mountain range, Kobe boasts an array of stunning outdoor escapes located within and just beyond the bustling port city. Kobe might not be...[ Click to read more ]