How to Get to the Imperial Palace Tokyo By Train Using the JR Pass

The Imperial Palace is the current residence of Japan’s emperor. Although traditionally designed, most of the palace seen today is the modern version - completed in 1968. This current palace stands in place of Edo-jo, the Tokugawa shogunate’s castle. The Imperial Palace is one of the premier attractions to see in Tokyo. Ironically, the [...]

By | 2018-07-05T21:32:40+00:00 February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

How to Get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto Using the Train

Who knew thousands of bamboos covering a pathway could be so atmospheric if not poetic? But this is exactly what Arashiyama Bamboo Grove actually offers visitors. While in Kyoto, don’t miss out the opportunity of visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove! Even painters come here to capture its beauty. Majestic Bamboo Grove, not to [...]

By | 2018-07-05T21:49:36+00:00 November 21st, 2017|2 Comments

Why Stay at a Ryokan in Japan

So you plan to travel Japan? If the answer is yes then I would like to congratulate you because it’s truly one of the most fascinating countries I have ever seen.  By now, I am sure you are in the process of making a plan as to where to go, what to see [...]

By | 2018-07-06T21:55:41+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Tokyo to Kobe Using the Japan Rail Pass

Chasing “one modern city to the next” - this is exactly what you’re going to get if you visit Tokyo and Kobe. Although both cities have a huge population, they are not exactly neighbors. Tokyo is located in the southeastern section of the Japanese main island of Honshu. Kobe, on the other hand, is [...]

By | 2018-07-06T21:58:40+00:00 September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Takayama to Kanazawa?

After being charmed by the ‘traditional Japanese town-like feel’ of Takayama, we knew that we would eventually end up in the tourist heavyweight magnet Kyoto. But we were not in a hurry and we had time to spare.  So we did not go straight away to Kyoto; instead, we took a small detour and [...]

By | 2018-07-06T21:59:31+00:00 September 10th, 2016|0 Comments

The Top Sites to See in Kanazawa for Free

Often overlooked, Kanazawa is a real travel gem for those who want to avoid heavy tourist cities in Japan like Kyoto. Kanazawa is in fact, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. So by its own right, the city holds a strong political as well as historical importance. According to history, there was even a time [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:00:13+00:00 September 5th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get From Kyoto to Kanazawa using the Japan Rail Pass

Although it is often compared to Kyoto, Kanazawa does not enjoy the same popularity as its big sister However if you can easily access Kanazawa, Chasing Places asserts that this city fondly called “Little Kyoto” is definitely worth visiting. The good thing about traveling between Kanazawa and Kyoto is that they are well connected [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:01:49+00:00 August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Tokyo to Kyoto

It’s a fact that hundreds of flights land in Tokyo every day. This is not surprising as the city is not only the transport hub but the capital of Japan. Aside from being the landing city, there are many reasons why any tourist should explore Tokyo. The Japanese capital has a great mixture of [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:02:25+00:00 August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Tsumago (the Nakasendo Trail) to Takayama

If you have decided to go to Tsumago, I would like to congratulate you. You made the right decision as its cedar buildings and quaint surroundings are what make Japan’s countryside truly fascinating. Located in the Kiso Valley, Tsumago is one of Japan’s prized historical postal towns. Because of its size, you can see [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:03:15+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Osaka to Kobe

Kobe may not be as popular to tourists as Kyoto or Mount Fuji, but it is known as one of the most beautiful modern cities in Japan. It helps that Kobe is perched on a hillside with a view of the sea below. This Japanese city is small yet contemporary. There is a lot [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:06:02+00:00 August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get From Kyoto to Kobe?

For many people visiting Japan, Kyoto makes an easy choice for their first destination. The city is Japan’s most famous cultural and historical hub.  Shrines, temples, cobblestone streets, a bamboo forest, and geisha heritage await you in Kyoto. Did I mention temples? They’re everywhere! But if you have time to visit other places in [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:07:55+00:00 August 15th, 2016|2 Comments

How to Get from Nara to Osaka

Although it is packed with attractions, Nara is a small enough city that spending a day or two there is probably enough to see the most important sites. If you still have time, consider going to Osaka, since it is only 28 kilometers from Nara. Osaka is in fact nearer to Nara than even [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:08:34+00:00 August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Get from Kyoto to Nara?

If you’re already in Kyoto and you have several days to spend, why not go for a road trip to Nara, another impressive ancient city in Japan? Nara is home to many majestic temples, including Todai-ji Temple, which houses the Diabutsu (Great Buddha), the biggest of its kind in Japan. Only 25 kilometers south [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:09:08+00:00 August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Places to Visit in Kobe in One Day

Overshadowed by its neighbor Osaka, Kobe is often neglected by visitors, who know little about what this particular Japanese city has to offer. But from what I discovered, Kobe makes a great overnight or even day trip destination. Before you think of pronouncing Kobe like the way you say that famous NBA player’s name, [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:39:31+00:00 February 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Experiencing Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing

You would not think that a pedestrian crossing could possibly draw so much attention, but in Tokyo, one crossing has become a major tourist attraction. The pedestrian crossing in the Shibuya District of the city is one scene you don’t want to miss if you happen to visit the Japanese capital. It is often [...]

By | 2018-07-06T22:42:22+00:00 January 26th, 2016|3 Comments

Dotonbori: Osaka’s Dazzling Nightlife Spot

Though it does not boast impressive temples and golden pagodas like Kyoto and Nara, Osaka distinguishes itself as a fun and exciting Japanese city and worthy travel destination, mainly because of its swinging nightlife. During the day, the city’s industrial side is more apparent, with millions of its inhabitants flocking to offices, factories and [...]

By | 2018-07-06T23:25:15+00:00 July 12th, 2015|0 Comments