Another beautiful sunset transforming the ocean into liquid gold at Enoshima Island, Japan.
Lake Kawaguchi, the second largest and most popular of the Fuji Five Lakes, is a must for anyone living in the Tokyo region. As if the incredible view of Mt Fuji wasn’t enough, it’s also well known for the autumn leaves. From late October until the end of November, the maple trees that line the … Continue reading
On a free day back in the summer I ventured to Yamanashi Prefecture with the intention of visiting the Shosen Valley, located near the city Kofu. I couldn’t find much information on the place, but access seemed relatively easy – catch a train to Kofu, then take the bus up the mountain. Unfortunately what I … Continue reading
If you ask a local about Japan’s nature their response will often be “Japan has no nature”. And yet, just a 45 minute train ride from Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, you’ll find yourself at the base of a small mountain called Mt Takao. To reach the summit you can use one of the six … Continue reading
You’d never know I was a real “city girl” when the majority of my blog posts are of beaches or mountain ranges. But when you live in (or very close to) cities as big as Tokyo, taking a day trip into the countryside to clear your head is needed every so often. My first choice … Continue reading
While the history of the Heian Jingu Shrine may be short in comparison to others of Kyoto, it’s worth a visit for the gardens surrounding the main shrine buildings. The Shin’en has a total area of approximately 33,000 square meters and was created over a 20-year period. The Japanese-style gardens are designated as a national scenic spot which represents … Continue reading
More Kyoto photos… These were taken at the Yasaka Shrine, situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri in the Gion District.
Another highlight of Kyoto is Kinkaku-ji, or in English “the Golden Pavilion”. The top two floors of this beautiful Zen temple are completely covered in gold leaf, and the structure is built overlooking a large pond. The temple’s gardens hold a few other spots of interest including Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry … Continue reading