Summer in Japan! Many hidden beaches, beautiful islands and refreshing forests to visit. It’s going to be fun.

Tranquil Aragi Island rice terraces in picturesque Wakayama, Japan.

Aragijima : The Island of Rice Paddies

After visiting the lovely Wakanoura district and two magnificent temples in Wakayama (I’ll come back to those another time), I take a wide detour on the way back to Nara.  Direction the terraced rice fields of Aragijima...

Captivating rock sculptures resembling human forms in Habushiura Natural Park.

Niijima: The Island of Lava Cascades

After a pleasant overnight ferry trip from Tokyo, it’s 6am, and the outline of Niijima is already on the horizon. So here’s the famous Easter Island of Tokyo! The distinctive feature of the island is that it...

Coastal sanctuary with 123 red torii gates along the Japan Sea, Motonosumi Inari Shrine.

Motonosumi Inari Shrine

Motonosumi Inari Shrine is located in western Japan, far from the rest of the world. The nearest city, 80 kilometres away, is Yamaguchi. Never heard of it?

Tranquil scene of nature reclaiming historic structure at Futtsu Park in Japan.

Futtsu Park

Futtsu has something special to offer (who’d have thought it!) – a park on a small narrow peninsula. By stretching things a little (6 kilometres anyway), you can reach the seaport of Yokosuka on the other side and make...

Tranquil Shinto shrine nestled in lush forest with stone steps and wooden torii gate.

Kumamoto: Greenery and Limpid Water

I've been through Kumamoto Prefecture on several occasions. Overwhelmed by all the sights to see, I only wrote about the famous Laputa Road. But it's time to fix that. Join me as I make my way through...

Mystical night scene at Blue Pond in Biei, Hokkaido, with colorful celestial lights.

Aoike: The Blue Pond

In Japan there are mysterious places often shown in photos but where nobody really seems to go. Aoike – literally the Blue Pond is one of these.

Serene Beauty: Miyajimas Iconic Torii Gate in Seto Inland Sea.

The Torii of Miyajima

I visited the back alleys of Miyajima, I discovered the place where fawns meet together, I took a unique walk in a temple that was even more unique, I ate a lot both grub and junk food.

Tranquil coastal beauty with lone tree, sandy beach, turquoise waters, and red structures in Tori-Plage.

One Day in Izu Peninsula

In summer, the Izu Peninsula is ideal to spend a refreshing week-end. Located a hundred kilometers away from Tokyo, I strongly suggest to rent a car to enjoy the fabulous seaside.