Last-Minute Golden Week Travel Ideas

For the busy Tokyoite, the consecutive holidays that make up Golden Week are a much-awaited break. But things don’t always go as planned. Flights and accommodations tend to be more expensive during this period, and April tends to be extremely busy that there’s little room left for planning a trip.

If you’re one of those people who have yet to decide what to do for Golden Week, here are travel ideas within and around Tokyo with minimal planning required. Continue reading “Last-Minute Golden Week Travel Ideas”

Where to Find Moomin Train Stamps along the Isumi Line

Part of the joys of being a train enthusiast in Japan is collecting train stamps. Sounds pretty geeky, but it can get quite addictive as you keep traveling. I bought my train stamp book from Maruzen and have been using it as one of the ways to record my travels. Continue reading “Where to Find Moomin Train Stamps along the Isumi Line”

How to Ride the Moomin Train in Chiba

Isumi Railway is best known for its Moomin Train, fashioned after the beloved Finnish series of the same name. Running along the Bōsō Peninsula, these yellow train cars take its passengers through Chiba’s green fields and historic towns, and is especially popular in spring as cherry and rape blossoms (菜の花) frame the landscape.

In my last entry, I posted a video of what traveling on board the Moomin Train was like. Here, I get down to the details. Continue reading “How to Ride the Moomin Train in Chiba”