Ohori Park Japanese Garden, Fukuoka, Japan

How to spend a weekend in Fukuoka

Fukuoka was the last stop on my month-long tour of Japan. I wanted to visit Fukuoka because I intended to fly onwards to the Philippines and also wanted to visit nearby Nagasaki.  Fukuoka is also a good point of entry/exit to other destinations in Asia as it has links to South Korea by ferry and…

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Nagasaki Peace Park

How to spend a day in Nagasaki

Nagasaki made for a great day trip from my base in Fukuoka. It's one of the southernmost major cities in Japan, situated on the island of Kyushu. Nagasaki is one of the largest port cities in the whole of Japan and was actually one of the very few operational ports during Japan's 'period of isolation'…

How to spend a weekend in Hiroshima

After spending a week in Osaka I moved further south down into Hiroshima. I decided to use Hiroshima as a base to also visit Okunoshima but if you're pressed for time you could easily see Hiroshima as a day trip from Osaka. Hiroshima is home to two world heritage sites, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and…

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…