[Hiroshima] Shukkeien Garden in Photos

Located in Hiroshima City, Shukkeien Garden is a park that dates back to 1620. Like many traditional Japanese gardens, a pond lies at its center, and around it, a walking trail. It takes around an hour to explore the entirety of the park at a leisurely pace.  Continue reading [Hiroshima] Shukkeien Garden in Photos

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Happy New Year!

The transition from one year to the next is always a busy time, but I wanted to take a moment and thank the people who have been following as well as casually dropping by this blog. 2017 has been a year of growth for Tokyo Past 3. It remains but a humble and small blog, but I’m happy that it has managed to reach more people in the past year. Continue reading “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Saitama Day Trip: Spider Lilies, Vegan Cafe and Moomin Park

Seibu Pass ItineraryDate Visited: September 30, 2017

Fall is my favorite season, and my first fall trip of the year happens to be in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama. For this one-day trip, we made use of the SEIBU Pass, a one-day free ticket which you can use on all SEIBU Lines with the exception of the Tamagawa Line. Foreign visitors as well as non-Japanese residents of Japan can avail of this discounted ticket.

Our trip began at Ikebukuro Station. We booked our tickets through VELTRA, so once we got to the SEIBU Tourist Information Center inside the station, we showed the staff our mobile vouchers and got our tickets in return. After that, it’s off to our first stop: Koma Station.

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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”

Mt. Mitake Easy Day Hike

Access: JR Ome Line Mitake Station
Cost: Around JPY 3,710 (Shinjuku Sta. to Mitake Station: JPY 970; Bus to Mitakesan: JPY 280; Round-trip Cable Car JPY 1,110; One-way Lift to Anzan Sugi: JPY 100)
Difficulty: Absolute beginner to beginner
Duration: Approx. 3 hours
Hiking Course: Mitake Station→Mitakesan Station (Cable Car)→Anzan Sugi→Shopping Street→Musashi Mitake Shrine→Nagao Taira→Tengu Rock→Rock Garden

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