Tokyo Day Trip: Afternoon Stroll at Todoroki Valley

With the summer heat and humidity upon us, heading outdoors is becoming more of a struggle than a pleasant endeavor. And for people like me who aren't fond of high temperatures, Todoroki Valley promises a cool escape from Tokyo's sticky atmosphere.

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Mt. Mitake Easy Day Hike

Only 2 hours away from Shinjuku, Mt. Mitake welcomes guests to refreshing sights.

Chasing Cherry Blossoms: A Gallery

Of the five years I've been Japan, this year was first time I've made considerable effort in checking out as many places in Kanto as I could, given the limited time and resources. This post contains a gallery featuring the spots I visited.

Early Spring Stroll at Hamarikyu Gardens

Nestled in the urban jungle of Shimbashi is the curious world of Hamarikyu Gardens. I say curious because big public parks in Tokyo are usually enclosed in such a way that stepping into them takes you into a different world altogether; Hamarikyu, on the other hand, makes you rediscover the vastness of the sky.

Trailing Thoughts in Okutama

Located at the fringes of western Tokyo, Okutama is a town that offers the quiet majesty of nature to anyone who drops by for a visit. I walked the Otama Trail for my first ever solo hike, which gave way to a lot of reflection.

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