Nikko

One of Japan’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nikko is a great way to spend a few days away from Tokyo. It’s a town full of temples, shrines, waterfall and lakes.  In other words, lots of cheap touristy things to do! Excellent English language signage and maps. Budget travel tips The cost of buses andContinue reading “Nikko”

Obuse

Obuse is a lovely little town near Nagano.  The old-fashioned streets and countless interesting temples provide a great one day trip.  Obuse is a good place to visit on the way to Yudanaka  and the Monkey Park. Budget travel tips See our map below for a recommended walking route (red line).  This is the best way toContinue reading “Obuse”

Hakone

Hakone (箱根) is the most popular Tokyo side trip.  There is something for everyone here, such as hiking, walking, volcano viewing and hot springs.  Maps and signs are all in English as well, so it’s very easy to get around. Budget travel tips Get the Hakone Free Pass.  This provides free travel to and around Hakone,Continue reading “Hakone”

Cheap theme park in Tokyo – Kasai Rinkai Park

While places such as Tokyo Disney Land and Fuji Q may be more popular amusement parks, Kasai Rinkai Park makes for a great, but inexpensive day out.  The main attraction is the Diamond and Flowers Ferris Wheel, which is the second tallest Ferris wheel in Japan and offers great views of the city on aContinue reading “Cheap theme park in Tokyo – Kasai Rinkai Park”

Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is a theme park in Tokyo that is free to enter. It features Japan’s second tallest Ferris wheel, which sometimes offers views of Mount Fuji, an large aquarium and a good collection of free activities and sights. Blog report here. Top Tips Bring a picnic or bento box and relax on the beachContinue reading “Kasai Rinkai Park”

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park Autumn Colors Report

While on a walk along the Tama Monorail, I came across Takahata-Fudoson.  It’s a big tourist attraction, but seems to be off the tourist map for foreigners.  It’s a great place for Autumn Colors. The entrance to the temple and park. There was a nice little pond surrounded my statues and rocks such as these.Continue reading “Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park Autumn Colors Report”

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park

While the name is quite a tongue twister, Toritsu Tamakyuryo Natural Park and the associated shrine and pagoda complex make for a great tourist attraction in suburban Tokyo. Top Tips It’s little far from central Tokyo, so consider combining it with Mount Takao and/or Showa Memorial Park. Great for Autumn colours.  Check our report here. How toContinue reading “Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park”

Showa Memorial Park Autumn Report

As part of my Autumn colours adventure, I went to Showa Memorial Park.  The free park outside was so stunning, and because of the huge holiday lines I didn’t actually go into the paid area!  It’s well worth a visit. On the park to the park, the Tama Monorail line is lined with Autumn colour trees.Continue reading “Showa Memorial Park Autumn Report”

Showa Memorial Park

Showa Memorial Park is a huge ‘park of parks’ not far from Shinjuku.  There are all sorts of things to see and do, such Japanese gardens, attractions for children, cherry blossom areas, lakes and much more. Budget travel tips The free part may be enough for you. We got our Autumn Colours fix (pics here), andContinue reading “Showa Memorial Park”

Kamakura Autumn Colours Report

In my quest to take as many Autumn colour pictures as possible, I ventured out to Kamakura using the Kamakura Free Pass.  If you like to see beautiful golden and red leaves and want to get out of Tokyo for a day, Kamakura is the place to go! You will see these bridges as youContinue reading “Kamakura Autumn Colours Report”