Hakone Free Pass

The Hakone Free Pass from Odakyu Railway is the best and cheapest way to visit Hakone.  It provides unlimited use of the cable car, ropeway, tourist boats, trains and buses in the area, plus the ride from Shinjuku station and back. It also provides discounts to around 50 places in Hakone. At the time of writing,Continue reading “Hakone Free Pass”

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it’s one that must be visited. During World War 2 a nuclear bomb destroyed Hiroshima and most places for tourists are related to this.  It’s best as a one day trip from Kyoto. Budget travel tips Get a free tourist map from the Shinkansen exitContinue reading “Hiroshima”

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”

Chichibu Hiking Autumn Colours Report

Chichibu (秩父) is a great place for hiking, about an hour or so west of Tokyo.  This week I went to see the Autumn colors on a mega 9 hour hike.  It was tiring, but the sights were amazing…..  One of the nice things about the Japanese countryside is things like this.  A local hasContinue reading “Chichibu Hiking Autumn Colours Report”

Heirin Temple Autumn Colours Report

Heirin Temple is one of the best places to go near Tokyo for Autumn colours.  I went here not expecting too much.  I thought it would just be a nice park, but Heirin-ji is truly breathtaking.   The wonderfully designed temple is surrounded by bright red and golden leaves. And of course it’s free! To get hereContinue reading “Heirin Temple Autumn Colours Report”

Kawagoe

Kawagoe (かわごえ/川越) is a beautiful traditional down less than an hour away from central Tokyo.  It features a famous authentic old tower and shopping street, which is why many people call it ‘Little Edo’ (Edo was the old name for Tokyo).  A great place for a nice one day trip away from the skyscrapers ofContinue reading “Kawagoe”