Tagged: nature

Nasu Area – Yanome Dam

Nasu (那須郡) is a nature rich district located in Tochigi Prefecture and is gorgeous due to its forests, lakes and rivers. The Yanome Dam (矢の目ダム) is a hidden gem in the Nasu Area. I discovered this stunning lake by accident after forgetting my bag in the train. I was in...

Hakone – Gora Ichinoyu Ryokan

There is so much to see in Hakone that it’s recommended to stay at least one night to make sure you have enough time to see all the interesting spots. Gora Ichinoyu is a comfortable and cozy Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), which will make your stay a pleasant experience. The...

Hakone – Lake Ashi and the Pirate Sightseeing Boat

One of Hakones major attractions is Lake Ashi. A huge lake which gives you an amazing view of the surrounding nature. One of the best ways to enjoy Lake Ashi is to use the Pirate Sightseeing Boat. There are several of them and they all have a different design. You...

Hakone – Hakone Shrine

Hakone Shrine, a beautiful Shinto shrine located along the shore of Lake Ashi. A must visit if you’re traveling around in Hakone. If you’re visiting during weekdays it’s not that crowded which makes it even more relaxing. If you’re using the Pirate Sightseeing Boat for a trip around Lake Ashi,...

Hakone – Ropeway and Owakudani

During your Hakone trip it’s highly recommended to use the Ropeway to enjoy an amazing view of Hakones landscape and in particular Owakudani Valley. Owakudani is an active Volcano Valley with sulfurous fumes and hot springs. One of the famous things you can buy in Owakudani are eggs whose shells...

Hakone – Gota Park

Gota Park is a stunning, Western Style Park close to Gora Station, which is definitely worth a visit during your stay in Hakone. Here you can find a rose garden, a huge fountain, a craft-house where you can try some pottery or glass blowing (costs of these activities range between...

Kamakura – Hokukuji Temple – Bamboo Garden

This impressive Bamboo Garden is part of the Hokokuji Temple, also called Take-dera, which means Bamboo Temple, in Kamakura. The Bamboo forest is very relaxing and absolutely stunning! There is a lovely tea house hidden in the garden, where you can drink traditional Matcha tea while enjoying the beautiful scenery....

Squirrel Park Machida

This cute, spacey Squirrel Park in Machida is the perfect place to spend your Sunday afternoon. There are lots of squirrels and they all have their own cute, little house inside the park. They can run around freely which is perfect for making photos and for feeding which is 100...

Tamagawadai Park

If you want to get a break from the Tokyo crowds and concrete, Tamagawadai Park (多摩川台公園) is a good place to spend your afternoon. Instead of walking to this park from the nearest station Tamagawa, I really recommend you to get out at Den-en-Chofu station. It takes about 15 minutes to...

Tachikawa – Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park (国営昭和記念公園) is a massive national park located in Tachikawa. In this park you can enjoy all kinds of different scenery all year round. There is a beautiful canal with a huge fountain, several ponds, traditional Japanese Gardens, tulips, poppies, Sakura during Spring and rich deep red colors...