A Day Trip to Kamakura You’ll Never Forget

How to plan a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo

This article was contributed by Sarah Hodge, prolific writer and lover of spiritual & cultural sights in Japan.   A convenient one-hour trip from Central Tokyo via the JR line, Kamakura is a history and nature lover’s paradise. Doing a Kamakura day trip is not only easy but also a great way to immerse yourself …

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7 Geeky Things to Do in Akihabara, the Tech Capital of Japan

Things to do in Akihabara, Tokyo

Anyone with a passion for technology should be aware of Akihabara; the buzzing central-Tokyo district is sometimes even called the “tech capital of the world,” and unsurprisingly the best things to do in Akihabara revolve around tech and otaku (“geek”, or manga and anime lovers) culture. As one of Tokyo’s most famous and distinct neighborhoods, …

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10 Close-Up Spots to Seek the Best View of Mt. Fuji (and how to get to them)

10 best spots to see Mt. Fuji

There are already as many “best views of Mount Fuji” LISTS as there are claimed best places to see Mt. Fuji. Personally, I don’t think any single one is best, but for this list, I have focused on the best places to see Mount Fuji if you want a good chance to ACTUALLY SEE Mt. …

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Japan’s Sacred Kumano Kodo Walk in Winter

Kumano Kodo in winter

The Kumano Kodo is a network of pilgrimage trails that connect various Shinto-Buddhist sites in the mountainous Kii Peninsula south of Osaka and Nagoya, and is considered one of the world’s great pilgrimages that travelers can easily join. These expansive tracts of wilderness are replete with spiritual sights that have attracted pilgrims for 1000+ years, …

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Kumano Sanzan and Ise Grand Shrine: 4 Gorgeous Temples on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Kumano Sanzan and the Ise Grand Shrine

In 2018 I visited Wakayama, a remote and wild region of Japan south of Osaka and Nagoya, to walk parts of the Kumano Kodo, a network of ancient pilgrimage trails. These trails are easily accessible, making them one of the best pilgrimages in the world for travelers. Besides these amazing hot springs at the eastern …

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