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”

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February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass

Most people know sakura or cherry blossoms to peak around late March to early April, but these lovely flowers can actually be seen blooming as early as mid-February. Known as kawazu zakura, these type of cherry blossoms can usually be seen gracing the coastal regions of Miura in Kanagawa. What’s more is that with the Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass, you can enjoy round-trip tickets from Shinagawa to Miura, a tuna meal from one of the 32 participating restaurants and free entry to one leisure facility, too! Below are two sample itineraries you can follow when using the pass. Continue reading “February Cherry Blossoms and Nanohana with the Misaki Maguro Pass”

Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi

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Summer is sizzling in Tokyo and the heat is just unbearable. You’d think that because I’m from the Philippines I’d  be immune to the summer heat, right? Not quite. Japanese summer is just way too humid for my liking.

So what’s the most sensible thing to do during this season? Well, you can either surrender to the heat and laze about, or attempt to beat it by going out and having fun. I obviously opted for the latter, and so here’s a rundown of two summer events I went to: the Zama Sunflower Festival and the Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi. Continue reading “Of Flowers and Lanterns: The Zama Sunflower Festival & Asakusa Tōrō Nagashi”