As the hot and humid Japanese summer becomes something of a distant memory (or half-remembered sweaty nightmare), the cool, crisp air and shorter days signal the start of “koyo” season, the changing color of the leaves in autumn. While spring cherry blossom season (“hanami”) is a short, vibrant celebration of spring beauty and anticipation of … More Autumn leaf-viewing spots in Japan
Mt. Fuji is not only the tallest mountain in Japan, but also the most iconic, and every year thousands of people climb to the 3776m summit during the short climbing season. Despite the fact that everyone from small children to old-age pensioners can be seen snaking up the mountain in a (slow) race to catch … More All you need to know to climb Mt. Fuji
As everyone gears up for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, another huge international sporting event is due to take place in Japan even sooner. The Rugby World Cup will be held from September to November 2019 at venues across Japan, promising a feast of high-quality sporting action in some of the most interesting cities in … More Travelling around Japan during the Rugby World Cup 2019 – JNTO
One of Japan’s lesser known hot spring resort towns, Yunotsu Onsen has a somewhat old-fashioned feel but that’s part of its appeal. Shimane is the second least populated prefecture in Japan, so it’s a great place to go to get away from it all. Check out my short piece for NAVITIME travel https://travel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/guide/NTJtrv0749-en/
I wrote a short feature for The Japan Times on hiking in the North Japan Alps recently; the article covers my three day hike from Kamikochi to Mt. Yari, across the notorious Daikiretto, before finally ascending the third highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Oku-Hotaka. I had a great weather window in late October last year, … More The Japan Times – Hiking the precipitous spine of central Honshu
Miyazaki Prefecture in eastern Kyushu is one of Japan’s hidden gems, with miles of wonderful coastline, superb mountainous scenery and legends and history at every turn. With good rail connections and even a regular ferry service from Kobe and Osaka, getting there couldn’t be simpler too! Here are some of the best sights: Takachiho This … More Discover Miyazaki
Must-See Japan is now available in paperback! Concise and practical guidebook for discovering the best places to visit, valuable insider tips and useful advice for planning your trip to Japan. Updated and improved for 2017! Super low price for a limited time! Available now (also for kindle, smartphones and tablets) at: Amazon (UK) – http://amzn.eu/3l5U1So … More Must-See Japan – Paperback Version!