Day hike from Tokyo: The other giant Buddha

Tokyo is all fun and dandy, but have you ever wondered what is there on the other side of the pond? The pond being the Tokyo bay. Well, the other side of the bay is Chiba prefecture, home turf to farmers and fish. Luckily for us, in order to get to Chiba from Shibuya, youContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: The other giant Buddha”

Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Jinba, a mountain with a horse

There are days that you want to be out in the nature, but don’t have the courage to do a long hike. There are also days when you can’t decide on a possible hiking destination between Tokyo and Kanagawa. A mountain with a horse is the ideal solution that can get you out of theContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Jinba, a mountain with a horse”

Things you find in Japanese countryside (Hint: Spirits)

As you maybe already know, the Japanese people worship a weird mixture of shamanistic Shinto as well as Buddhist gods. Along with the dozens of gods with large names and long titles usually ending in -kami (神) or -mikoto(尊) (like Amaterasu Omikami or  Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto), there are myriads lesser spirits. Japan has a lot of water.Continue reading “Things you find in Japanese countryside (Hint: Spirits)”

Attempting Oshima # 2: A weekend in Izu Oshima

Ok, by now, I guess everyone is familiar with how bad my trip to Amami-Oshima failed in September. As this was not enough to stop me though, a month later I tried my luck with another Oshima: Izu Oshima. If you are curious about the repetition of island names, it is because Ooshima (大島) meansContinue reading “Attempting Oshima # 2: A weekend in Izu Oshima”

Day Hike from Tokyo: The Tanzawa Mountains, Tonodake and Tanzawa

[Visited on October 4th, 2020] We already know that people are mesmerized by Mt. Fuji. But as I have already described before, Mt. Fuji up-close doesn’t have the best view – or best scent for what is worth. In order to get the most out of it, a lot of people opt to climb theContinue reading “Day Hike from Tokyo: The Tanzawa Mountains, Tonodake and Tanzawa”

Day Hike from Tokyo: Exploring Myojingatake and the Outer Caldera of Hakone

[Visited on September 26th, 2020] Since I recently moved to Kanagawa (again), it makes sense to focus more on visiting mountains inside the prefecture. It is not easy to wake up and head all the way to Saitama after all. Well, considering that I had already been to Mt. Oyama, Mt. Jimba and Mt. Byobo,Continue reading “Day Hike from Tokyo: Exploring Myojingatake and the Outer Caldera of Hakone”