Nara Deer

How to spend a day in Nara

Nara is located just an hour outside of Kyoto, established in 710, it was once the capital of Japan. The city is full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples. Nara is also awash with nature and has several valleys, rivers and waterfalls on offer for tourists to enjoy. For my day…

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How to spend a day in Kyoto

Kyoto was actually the capital of Japan between 794 and 1868, and it is one of the ten largest cities in Japan. The City is also known as the cultural and historic heart of Japan, due to the number of beautiful shrines and temples found here, along with historic districts, and places of interest. Kyoto…

Torii gate in Lake Ashi, Hakone

How to spend a weekend in Hakone

After spending a couple of days in Yokohama on my journey through Japan, I boarded another train and arrived in the beautiful town of Hakone. Situated around 100KM from Tokyo, Hakone is a beautiful retreat in the mountains, with lakes, volcanoes and hot springs aplenty. No wonder it is a popular tourist destination for both foreign visitors…

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

How to spend a day in Kamakura

I spent a day visiting Kamakura from my base in Yokohama, but it can easily be reached via a day trip from Tokyo in around 1 hour. Yokohama is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan, which was once the centre of political Japan when Minamoto Yoritomo chose it as the seat for his new…

China Town, Yokohama

How to spend a day in Yokohama

Yokohama is situated just around an hour and a half, south of Tokyo, and makes the perfect next destination on a tour of Japan or even just a day trip depending on how long you have in this beautiful country. I was surprised to learn that Yokohama is actually the second largest city in Japan…