Featured Destinations
  • Hiking to an Active Volcano: Mount Aso in Japan

    25 Dec 2021

    Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. Although this may sound intimidating at first – and it should as the volcano recently erupted in October 2021- it is also one of the most accessible peaks and craters in Japan that can be easily reached by car or a bus.

  • Kanazawa: One Fine City in Japan

    04 Apr 2021

    Kanazawa is a fairly small city located in Ishikawa, one of the western prefectures of Japan, combining traditional Japanese architecture with some very innovatively designed museum spaces including D.T. Suzuki Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Shimanami Kaido: One of the Best Cycling Routes in Japan

    05 Dec 2021

    Shimanami Kaido is a rewarding cycling trail in Japan connecting busy Honshu to one of the countries most secluded islands.

Islands of Japan
  • Journey to Goto Islands and Beyond: a Matter of Faith or Religion?

    07 May 2022

    When I first watched the movie Silence by Martin Scorsese, the only thing that I could think of—besides the oppressing but wildly beautiful scenery—was "trample, trample, please just trample." Why would not people, the Hidden Christians of Japan, just step on the fumi-e, carved stone featuring the image of Jesus Christ or Virgin Mary, to avoid death by torture? Were these symbolic gestures linked to religion or renunciation of it more important than human life?

  • Yakushima: Land of Beautiful Hikes

    01 Apr 2021

    Planning a trip to Yakushima is very easy thanks to the abundance of the high quality websites focusing on the island and its hiking trails. Even a quick browse through those various sites is sufficient to ensure you that Yakushima is the right choice as the sense of attachment the page owners feel to this mystical island jumps out of almost every page of their websites.

  • Islands of Japan Worth Ditching the Mainland For

    03 May 2023

    Japan is an island nation. Now, please repeat with me – Japan is an island nation. And now once again but this time in Japanese – Japan is a “shimaguni”.

Hikes in Japan

Daisetsuzan Hikes


Mt. Miyanoura


Karasawa Cirque


Yake Dake


More Japan Destinations

Aoni Onsen in Aomori

Aoni Onsen in Aomori, Autumn Wonderland

Sunrise over a cape in Japan

Cape Ashizuri in Shikoku: Japan`s Wild Cape and Most Beautiful Temple

Exterior of a hostel in Fukue Island

Ta Bi To Hostel in Fukue Island: Waking Up to the Smell of Freshly Baked Scones

Summertime in Tokyo

Mizumoto Park: Seasons in Tokyo

Hostel in Japan

Kochi no Ya: Great Town, Great Hostel Experience in Aki – Shikoku

Ohki Beach Surfers Shikoku

Shikoku Pilgrimage Accommodation

Oirase Stream in Lake Towada

Lake Towada and Oirase Stream: an Autumn Trip

Fall in Japan, Best Locations, rainy day by Yuno Lake

Nikko – Nature Outing Close to Tokyo

Hirauchi Onsen

Circling Yakushima: In Praise of Road Walks

Mesmerizing blue ocean im Okinawa Japan

Kerama Blue: Tokashiki and Zamami Islands in Okinawa

The garden of Taishakuten Temple is nearly as beautiful as the temple itself. So serene.

Taishakuten Temple in Katsushika

Books about Japan

Ghost Forests of Japan: Arashiyama Bamboo Grove