The last leg of our Japan journey featured 4 nights in Tokyo, exploring nearby districts without any set agenda. Best Western in Nishi-Kasai was our base and provided all the things you could expect from a Best Western, which was well received after our venture into Japanese culture and tradition. We were getting a little […]

Busy Tokyo train station

Tokyo Station

Our introduction to Tokyo was one of chaos. Our timing could not have been anymore off. We arrived at Tokyo Metro Station at 6pm, right about the time people started to pile up in the stations eager to head home after a hard day’s work.  Space was tight and with our suitcases in tow this […]

Mt Fuji

Nervously we pried back the curtains, hoping not to see rain or clouds. To our delight, rays of light shone in like a pair of blue-sky eyes gazing back at us. Elation came over us; Hakone had turned on the sun. Motivation immediately kicked in and we packed our bags and organised for them to […]

The Little Prince Museum in Hakone

We received a pleasant surprise when our bike tour guide Nori gave us tickets to visit the only museum in the world dedicated to the beloved book “The Little Prince”. Nori dropped us off. We zipped up our jackets, wound round our scarfs and locked our hands into our pockets ready to enter the cold […]

Mountain Bike Riding in Hakone

We awoke to see an overcast day threatening rain. A little disheartened by what this could mean for our scheduled bike ride, we moved downstairs for a glorious breakfast and prepared for the day ahead.  Our guide Nori picked us up and suggested we do a mountain bike trail as it would be more fitting […]

Shinanoki Ichinoyu, Hakone

Hakone Ichinoyu

Our bus wove up rich hilly landscapes covered in forest shrubbery with roads leading up and winding around heading towards our accommodation. We breathed in the air of Hakone and wondered what awaited us while figuring out where to stop the bus and how to pay. Once we were at our stop we crossed over […]

Views of Hida-Furukawa

Biking Hida-Furukawa

After exploring Hida no Sato, it was off to our next bike ride adventure through Hida-Furukawa, about 14kms north of Takayama. Hida-Furukawa was a quaint sleepy village, the town centre featured charming cobblestone paths and buildings. As we navigated our way to Satoyama Experience—the organisers of the bike tour—we passed through alleyways filled with old-fashioned […]

Hida no Sato (Hida Folk Village)

An open-air museum preserving and showcasing over 30 traditional houses from around the Hida region built during the Edo Period (1603 – 1867). As you enter the village museum the first thing you see is the lake with Koi fish and houses afar. When asking locals where and how to get to this open-air museum, […]

Exploring near our accommodation in Takayama

Staying at Pension Good Luck

The accommodation booked in Takayama was a 30-minute drive from the station. We first looked at catching a bus, however, realised that with the cost of two tickets and all the stops that would incur it was much more beneficial to catch a taxi. Pension Good Luck—the name of our Bed and Breakfast styled accommodation—turned […]

Kyoto to Takayama

Our train ride via Japan Rail (JR) from Kyoto to Takayama was one that opened our eyes to the countryside views of Japan. We travelled the JR Tokaido-Sanyo and JR Hida line which featured a changeover at Nagoya Station. Google map of train routes from Kyoto Station to Takayama Station