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Take me to…  the Ise Jingu!

Take me to… the Ise Jingu!


It’s been a while since I did a travel blog, and one place in Japan that I’ve always wanted to go to and blog about is the Ise Jingu. Located on the Shima Peninsula in the Mie Prefecture, the Ise Jingu, or Ise Shrines, are the most sacred Shinto shrines in Japan. There are 125 … Continue reading

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!


This travel blog is a bit different – I’m not fantasising about visiting a city or a festival but going underground! Ryusendo Cave is one of Japan’s three great limestone caves and a national natural monument. Set in the mountains of Iwaizumi Town in Iwate Prefecture in northern Honshu, it’s still not fully explored. Around … Continue reading

Take me to… Tashirojima!

Take me to… Tashirojima!


There’s a good chance you’ll have heard of Tashirojima in Japan by now. It’s featured on BBC documentaries, Youtube channels, books, newspaper articles and pretty much every medium. Why? Because Tashirojima is otherwise known as Cat Island and its main inhabitants are… cats. Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture where cats outnumber the … Continue reading

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!


The samurai is a subject of Japanese history that continues to fascinate me, and the mere mention of doing something or going somewhere with a samurai connection will inevitably get me excited. In 2015, my friend and I ventured to Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture largely to sate my obsession with Date Masamune (I blame … Continue reading

Take me to… Sapporo Snow Festival!

Take me to… Sapporo Snow Festival!


I’ve really enjoyed blogging about my holidays in Japan (which you can read all about in the Japan holiday section) but, now that I’m all up to date, I want to keep the travel element of this blog alive! So, here’s the first “take me to…” post, in which I’ll blog about Japanese places and … Continue reading

Kicking back in Kumamoto

Kicking back in Kumamoto


This is it, the last post in this year’s Japan travel blog series! Back in April I travelled from Osaka to Kobe to Kyushu with my mum and sister, and you can read all about our travels here. Our last destination was Kumamoto, home of Kumamoto Castle and the iconic mascot Kumamon! Kumamoto Castle is … Continue reading

Onsen-hopping in Kurokawa

Onsen-hopping in Kurokawa


Hidden away in the mountains of Kumamoto prefecture is the onsen town of Kurokawa. OK, so it’s technically not ‘hidden away’ at all because plenty of tourists visit but it’s still a great way to experience a more ‘rural’ Japan and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Kurokawa is situated around 20km from Mount … Continue reading

Beppu – hot spring city!

Beppu – hot spring city!


One night in Beppu in Kyushu (we spent two!) will be enough to make you realise why it’s one of Japan’s most famous hot spring (onsen) resorts. Those clouds rising above the buildings and in the mountains thankfully aren’t fires, but are in fact steam rising from vents in the earth. With so much steam, there’s plenty of opportunity … Continue reading

Strawberry-picking in Itoshima

Strawberry-picking in Itoshima


Japanese cities are pretty cool but sometimes you just have to get out into the country! Our second day trip from Fukuoka was a tour around Itoshima, a town on the western edge of Fukuoka Prefecture. This was one of my first times taking a planned tour in Japan and, while I generally like planning it all myself … Continue reading

Day out in Dazaifu

Day out in Dazaifu


I recently blogged about our short stay in the fantastic city of Fukuoka, which also happens to be a great place to stay if you’re taking a few day trips around Kyushu. The small city of Dazaifu is just a short train ride from the city centre – and because this is Japan, the train is … Continue reading