Yayoi Kusama, Yellow Pumpkin, Naoshima, Japan

How to spend a day in Naoshima

Naoshima Island is located just off the coast of Japan in the Seto Inland Sea. The island has a European, Mediterranean atmosphere and is a popular destination amongst tourists as a relaxing getaway from nearby Tokyo and Osaka. It was established as an art island mainly by the Benesse Corporation, which oversees art museums, installations…

Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan

How to spend a day in Himeji

Himeji is the second-largest city after the Port City of Kobe and is home to arguably one of the most beautiful surviving feudal castles in Japan. It can easily be reached in under an hour from either Osaka or Kyoto, so makes a great day trip destination. You'll also find the beautiful Koko-en Gardens, as…

BE KOBE, Kobe, Japan

How to spend a day in Kobe

Another great day trip from Osaka, Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s ten largest cities. It is located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range and has been an important port city for many years. Sadly in 1995, Kobe suffered the devastating ‘Great Hanshin-Awaji’ Earthquake, which claimed over 5000…

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…