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Surprise encounters in Nagoya castle

Being one of the three greatest castles of Japan, it was a matter of time for me to visit Nagoya castle. Himeji and Kumamoto make the greatest three. Even though I knew it is still on stage one of its reconstruction, I couldn’t miss the chance to go, enter the...

How to avoid the crowd at Fushimi Inari

Being the most important Shinto shrines, and famous for its “thousand gates” in Kyoto. Dedicated to Inari, the gods of rice and business. The popular believe amongst visitors is that, as its name implies from the Japanese “senbon torii”, there’s a thousand red gates...

3 day trip to Okinawa

It was my last trip as an expat in Japan. The paradise islands from Okinawa. Just a 3 hour flight from Tokyo, it makes a perfect escape for the local tourists, and for those with time who venture to explore other parts of Japan. A trip we planned for 3 days in the...

Kawagoe’s Candy Alley

Kashiya Yokochō is the Japanese name for a small shopping area in Kawagoe, known in English as Candy Alley. North from the traditional warehouse district streets, a sweets paradise awaits for those venturing to Kawagoe. Traditional Japanese sweets The major...
Venus Fort and Toyota History Garage

Venus Fort and Toyota History Garage

Venus Fort and Toyota history garage Losing sense of time and space in Odaiba, it’s possible. That’s how it feels after spending just a couple of hours inside Palette town complex in Odaiba. For those aficionados to vintage cars and mid 20th century memorabilia, head...
Kawaguchiko and a ride to Kachi Kachi ropeway

Kawaguchiko and a ride to Kachi Kachi ropeway

The small hot spring resort town in Yamanashi prefecture is also a popular spot for Mount Fuji views and several popular tourist attractions, all with the background of Japan’s largest volcano. Take a day trip escape from Tokyo or stay in one of the hot spring resorts...
Views of Mount Fuji from Fujiyoshida

Views of Mount Fuji from Fujiyoshida

The chances of being able to see Mount Fuji from distance during rainy season in Japan are incredibly low. Still, I beat the odds last June. Always trust your travel instinct. That’s my motto, and it was proved that when choosing randomly a day to make an excursion to...

Things to do in Kanazawa, my Golden week trip

It’s been a little more than 2 years of my trip to Kanazawa, but I would like to share some tips and my experience of my weekend in Kanazawa for Golden Week. At the time, I wasn’t good enough with japanese reading so my friend Yurina helped me a lot with...

Hidden Treasures of Nara park nigatsudo and sangatsudo

Clouds were rolling over the heads of the dozens of tourists flocking around Todaiji, playing with the deers of Nara Park and taking selfies without noticing there was more people around them. Same clouds were rolling over my mind, changing my mood as I was standing...

Dotonbori travel photography gallery

The city of Osaka is known as one of the gastronomy spots of Japan, and most of its restaurants are concentrated in the streets of Dotonbori. Along the Dotonbori river there’s a large number of restaurants, huge billboards and flashy neon lights to get you distracted...

Weekend motorbike trip through Central Japan

It finally happened, after all this years riding my Harley Davidson in Europe, and my trips to Japan, I could combine the two aspects of my trips for a weekend ride on the Central Japan roads. An experience that was for long time in my bucket list, and it’s still at...

Quick stop in lake Ashi

On my weekend road trip around Kanagawa, I dedicated the first day to visit Hakone and ride through the mountain roads of the area. Once I arrived to the lake Ashi, or Ashinoko, I decided to take a break for lunch and explore by feet the surroundings of the lake. One...

Hakusan park and shrine in Niigata

Hakusan park and shrine in Niigata The vast park located in the city of Niigata was opened in 1873, and it’s most important feature is that it was the first public park in Japan. A place were citizens can walk around, contemplate nature all four seasons. The park is...

The beauty of Toshogu in Nikko

Surrounded by forest and guarded by the large complex of temples, lies the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toshogu is a must do visit north of Tokyo, for all those passionate about history, culture, crafts, and nature. Around the...

Gundam (mobile suit) in Odaiba

Gundam RX-78 LAST POST: Farewell, Gundam. The giant robot will leave its spot in Odaiba next spring 2017. Still a chance to go and see the giant robot before its too late! This Titan is 18 meters high and was built as part of the 30th anniversary of Gundam, the...

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Gundam (mobile suit) in Odaiba

Gundam RX-78 LAST POST: Farewell, Gundam. The giant robot will leave its spot in Odaiba next spring 2017. Still a chance to go and see the giant robot before its too late! This Titan is 18 meters high and was built as part of the 30th anniversary of Gundam, the... read more

Hie shrine

hie shrine One of the main shrines of Tokyo since centuries ago, the shrine was once part of the Imperial Palace, and the deity of Hie was also the protector of the castle. The shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved it to the grounds of the Edo, and later, Tokugawa Hidetada... read more

Hakusan park and shrine in Niigata

Hakusan park and shrine in Niigata The vast park located in the city of Niigata was opened in 1873, and it’s most important feature is that it was the first public park in Japan. A place were citizens can walk around, contemplate nature all four seasons. The park is... read more

Niigata food guide

The cultural heritage of every country talks through its food, specially isolated countries for centuries, like the islands of Japan. Nowadays it’s easy to have a bowl of ramen in the streets of Barcelona, or taste fresh sushi in a market in Los Angeles, but many... read more

Tokyo from the sky deck

Roppongi Hills is an example of a city inside the city. The humongous titan tower standing in the heart of Tokyo is a non-stop beating with human flow in and out the tower. Offices, apartments, shopping, museum and the observation deck. Probably one of the best... read more

Hiwatari-sai festival at Mt. Takao

Walking barefoot over coals. The main event of the “Walking over fire” festival. A simple premise, yet courageous event held every winter solstice in Takao, west of Tokyo. Endure hard trainings for meditation and purification purposes, like standing under a waterfall,... read more

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