Jul
6
2014

A Spring Festival at Yamato Koriyama Castle in Nara

Nara is known for its park with wild deer and the great Buddha statue of Todaiji Temple. There are, however, quite a few other nice sights to check out while there. One of them is Yamato Koriyama Castle which I want to introduce today. Visited: April 1st 2013 Access to Koriyama Castle Koriyama Castle (郡山城) […]

Jun
22
2014

Shoryuji Castle in Kyoto And its Connection to Oda Nobunaga

Kyoto has a lot of famous sights, mainly temples and shrines, but sometimes you just want to get away from that and  see something else. But where to go? From Kyoto your day trip options are endless. As part of a day trip itinerary you could visit Shoryuji Castle which I’ll introduce today. Visited: April […]

Jun
8
2014

Have You Seen The Top 3 Views in Japan Yet?

People often ask me about places in Japan that one needs to visit no matter what. There is no easy answer to that. First-time visitors prefer Tokyo, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima. It also depends greatly on the season and your interests. But don’t worry, there is an ‘ancient’ top 3 list that might help you […]

May
15
2014

My Golden Week Vacation 2014

Golden Week has just passed and as most Japanese people I had some days off and went on yet another trip. As always after traveling I present you my itinerary and hope it can be a good sample for one of your future trips to / in Japan. Previous trip reviews can be found here: […]

Apr
29
2014

Attention Castle Explorers: How To Find The Remains Of Zeze Castle

As a castle lover it sometimes draws me to mysterious places almost nobody else would think of. In order to find even the tiniest castle tower, I would walk through dark forests, swim through dirty lakes …. and stop eating sushi. JUST KIDDING! But I do love exploring things that are a bit hidden and […]

Apr
23
2014

Japan Spring Vacation 2014

If you follow me on social media, especially on Instagram, or even if you’re a subscriber to my newsletter (the last one I sent during my trip with “live information”), then you probably already know where I went for my “Japan Spring Vacation 2014”. Spring is one of my favorite times to travel and I’d […]

Mar
22
2014

Sekai no Ume Koen (World Plum Park) near Himeji

I know, I know. Everyone loves cherry blossom season in Japan. But don’t forget about plum blossoms! I’ll never understand why they get less attention from foreign visitors. They’re just as beautiful and on top of that they SMELL better! There are several great plum blossom viewing spots. Today I want to introduce one of […]

Mar
18
2014

The Beauty of Japan Captured on Video

If you are a regular reader, I probably don’t have to tell you that Japan is a beautiful and interesting country. I try my best to show you this through my photos, but you’ve probably noticed the lack of videos. I admit that I neither have proper equipment nor the necessary skills or knowledge to […]

Mar
9
2014

The Treasures of Ishiyamadera in Otsu

Otsu in Shiga Prefecture is not too far away from Kyoto and makes a great day trip. Besides Miidera Temple, Ishiyamadera is another great spot for cherry blossom viewing in spring. Visited: April 5th 2013 Access to Ishiyamadera Ishiyamadera (石山寺) is a temple in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture (map), not too far away from Kyoto […]

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