As an avid solo hiker, I am always on the lookout for destinations in Japan that combine wild and majestic landscapes with easy access and safety. Although wild landscapes and easy access…

Since the beginning of foreign trade in Japan, Nagasaki Prefecture has been an important link between the country and East Asia. When you aren’t learning about history, what is there to do…

If they are lucky and the weather is clear, passengers aboard the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Nagoya will be able to catch a panoramic view of Mount Fuji out the…

Living in central Tokyo, it can sometimes be easy to forget that Japan is not just an endless metropolis full of bright lights, flashing neon signs and convenience stores. I for one…

For first-time visitors to Tohoku, Miyagi Prefecture is often at the top of the list. It lies within easy reach of Tokyo and is a convenient stepping stone to the rest of…

Did you come straight here after watching our other softcream adventures on YouTube? Or are you just finding us for the first time? Either way, welcome to the local softcream flavors exploration mission. Softcream originally…

Some of our most memorable travel memories are tied with food. The captivating scenery and rich cultures are heightened further with the addition of tantalizing local fare. Give your taste buds a…

Mount Fuji, perhaps Japan’s most famous symbol, has fascinated people for millennia. Even today, appreciation for this sacred mountain ranges from adoration to downright obsession. It has inspired everything from Katsushika Hokusai’s…

Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter Bad Bunny’s mega-hit “Yonaguni” has a few surprising Japan-related Easter eggs. His playful lyrics reference the anime Naruto, he (politely) raps in Japanese, and, during the…

Onsen (hot springs) have been hailed for their healing power since ancient times in Japan. In the Nara period (710-794), soaking in one meant restoration of balance as well as physical and…

Located in a lush valley in Oita Prefecture’s western Sarayama district, Ontayaki Pottery Village moves to a steady rhythm of its own. There’s no mistaking its distinctive sounds — rushing water, a…

The Covid-19 pandemic pulled the emergency lever on 2020–2021, bringing overseas travel to a grinding halt. This year, there is one mode of travel that is gaining in popularity – the wellness…