You may know Nagano, Japan from the 1998 Olympics but there is so much more to this place. I love the snow, so this place is right up my alley. Recommendations: Hotel: Aburaya Tousen This is a Ryokan with wonderful staff and an authentic Japanese feel. 381-0402 Nagano, Yamanouchi, Sano 2586-5 Helpful Information:   Accepts Amex, Visa […]


This is one of my favorite places in Japan. The history, the culture, the food, all combine to make this city the perfect place to experience authentic Japan. If you only have the time or opportunity to visit one place in this great country,  I would suggest that you spend your time in Kyoto. Recommendations […]


Of all Japan’s castles, the Matsumoto Castle is one of the most accomplished and attractive. It was built on the plains/flatlands instead of on a hill or mountain. The main part of the structure was constructed between 1592 to 1614 and was well fortified for both defensive and offensive military strategies. Additional turrets were constructed in 1635 […]


Nara was the first capital of Japan, established in 710. Oddly enough, the capital changed with each new emperor that took the throne. However, after political ambitions and the Buddhist influence became a serious threat to the government, the capital was relocated to Nagaoka in 784. Nara deer disclaimer This city is a must-see as […]

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters and has been worshipped as a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration. Although it is not known as a destination for skiing, this made my list as one of the few places on earth that I have wanted to ski. Japan is located […]


Fukuoka is one of Japan’s ten most populated cities and an important harbor city for trade. It was chosen by Mongol forces to use as their landing spot during the 13th-century invasion. Fukuoka is actually two cities fused together: the port city of Hakata and the castle village of Fukuoka, Japan. If you like anime, […]

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island

Miyajima, Japan is a small island just off the shore of Hiroshima. It has been ranked as one of Japan’s three best views and upon your arrival, it will be easy to see why. Check out the walking guide! Ways to get to the island: 1. JR train (Sanyo Trunk Line): JR Hiroshima Station → JR Miyajima-guchi Station (23 minutes […]


Tokyo travel guide

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is one of the world’s most populous cities. Known as Edo prior to 1868 this small castle town became the country’s political center in 1603. With so much to see, you might want to schedule a few days to really enjoy the area. The following are just a […]


Hiroshima was a very interesting, yet sad place to visit. Nearly nothing remains of the original town, only a few ruins. This Japanese city was founded in the 16th century as a castle town, and from that point forward it was a powerful military center. Unfortunately, this did make it a perfect target for the […]


Aokigahara forest.

Aokigahara, also known as the Sea of Trees or the Suicide Forest, in Japanese mythology, is considered to be haunted by demons. Nestled at the base of Mt. Fuji, this primeval forest has gotten a lot of attention over the years because of the high number of suicides that occur in the forest. It is […]

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