Offbeat Japan
Alternative Japan Guide

Aogashima: Double Volcano Island

Aogashima is a very mysterious island. Online, always the same photos taken from a helicopter, sometimes photoshopped. But what’s really hidden behind these lava walls?

The Snow Monsters of Mount Zao

It’s not an easy encounter. I’d already visited a few years ago, but a gathering storm made it impossible for me to approach these monsters and stroke their silken fur.

Futuro House in Japan

I just had to get close to the rusty old flying saucer spotted from above.

The Abandoned Wakagawa Power Plant

Let's go discover this very special haikyo with a man who is equally special, or maybe not.

Best Abandoned Places in Japan (2017–2018)

"Jordy, did you give up the haikyo?" Here’s my answer, distilled into a new Best Of covering the past two years.

Super-Kamiokande: The Neutrino Detector

Located in the cool depths of a mine, in the heartlands of central Japan, the design of this neutrino detector is mind-boggling.

G-Cans : Japan’s Underground Temple

Hidden below the Tokyo streets is a true superhero – a bitumen-washed facility with state-of-the-art technology and an architectural beauty to put a Corbusier or two in the shade. This is G-Cans, also known by...

Japan’s Suicide Forest: Aokigahara

Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, is a unique place in other ways. Silent, no wildlife in sight, magnificent trees and shrubs, and really easy to lose yourself in.

Nara Dreamland: The End of a Dream

Nara Dreamland was an abandoned amusement park. I've just spent a year in Nara (2015-2016), a kilometre from the park, so it's time for me to write a little epilogue.

Nakagin Capsule Tower

So everyday, I was walking from Ginza and Shiodome and on the way, here it was: the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

Offbeat Japan is a blog about alternative travel in Japan. You will discover here another Japan, off the beaten path. All the content is created by Jordy Meow and doesn't have any sponsors. Please enjoy the visit!

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