Chichibu

Chichibu is a quiet town in the mountains to the west of Tokyo, best known for it’s festivals. During other times of the year there is not much going on, but it’s a great place to go hiking. Budget travel tips Best to come here only during a festival or for a day or twoContinue reading “Chichibu”

Miyajima

Miyajima is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site near Osaka and Hiroshima.  It’s often near the top of the list for most travelers, and offers and easy to access and peaceful rest from the big city. Budget travel tips Everywhere is within walking distance of each other, so you probably don’t need to worry about buses. Things to do OtoriiContinue reading “Miyajima”

Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2

After our first day in Koyasan, I we went to the west side to see the famous Buddhist temples and pilgrimage trails that have made this place a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 1 report can be found here. This is Daimon, at the entrance to Koyasan’s west side. After Daimon, we went on aContinue reading “Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2”

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddhist temples in the mountains south of Osaka.  Even if you have seen many temples before, Koyasan will really seem like it’s in another league with it’s huge structures and massive graveyard.  English support, maps and signs are great. Budget travel tips AlthoughContinue reading “Koyasan”

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”

2 Day Nikko Pass

The 2 Day Nikko Pass is the best way to visit Nikko.  The 2 days provides plenty of time to see all the main shrines and temples in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It includes a round ticket from Tokyo, free use of buses in the area and discounts at most places. What does it cost?Continue reading “2 Day Nikko Pass”

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”

Kamakura

Kamakura (鎌倉) makes for a great day trip from Tokyo, and when combined with the Enoshima Kamakura Freepass is a really cheap way to see a more traditional area. Kamakura is full of interesting shrines, great Autumn colour and cherry blossom areas, and a huge Buddha! Top tips Try to just do places in the Enoshima KamakuraContinue reading “Kamakura”

Enoshima Kamakura Freepass

If you are visiting Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo, this return pass is essential.  It will save you a lot of money and hassle. It gets very busy on weekends, so try to go on weekdays. What does it cost? One Day Pass: Adults 1,430 yen, Children 720 yen. When can I use it?Continue reading “Enoshima Kamakura Freepass”

Mount Takao Autumn Colours Report

Mount Takao is a great place to go during the Autumn Colours.  I recently went up to enjoy the beautiful red and golden leaves!  Check out our Mount Takao for information about how to do the hike yourself. The entrance to Mount Takao.  To the left is the cable car up, but we hiked all the way up!Continue reading “Mount Takao Autumn Colours Report”