Travelling Light in Japan

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”Susan Heller “He who would travel happily must travel light.”Antoine De Saint-Exupéry “We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess.”John Stott     “I travel light. I think the […]

Okinawa Tourist Excursion

I call this a tourist excursion this time because I took the normal tourist route of a packaged tour to a traditional tourist destination. While I normally don’t go for the package trip, due to the fact that the nature of the travel industry in Japan makes it costly to DIY by purchasing the bits […]

Tokyo Island Adventure

I have long been reading about the Isuzu Seven Islands which are actually part of Tokyo. They are actually very close – the closest, and the largest of the seven islands is Oshima. You can get there by a 25 minute flight from the Chofu airport in the suburbs west of the city, or by […]

Day trip to Chichibu in Saitama

I took this trip on April 19, early enough in the spring and a great time to catch the early boom of flowers. Chichibu is a very easy trip from Ikebukuro – only an hour and a half and ¥1,400 (including express charge) on the very spacious Redarrow express. I love these special express trains […]

What I like about traveling in Japan

I was reflecting on my experiences in traveling around Japan, and why I enjoyed traveling here so much. I’m a pretty experienced traveler over thirty years of conducting international business, so I’m no international travel newbie. I used to appreciate more the challenges of traveling in the developing world. I still do enjoy that but […]

Trip to Murakami

This is Part III of my trip to Niigata. The first night that I arrived at Niigata, I went to an izakaya bar and by chance met an Australian guy that was at the bar. Since there are not so many foreigners in Niigata, we stuck up a conversation. It turns out he is an […]

Trip to Sado Island

This is Part II continuation of my trip to Niigata. I was surprised how cheap the ferry was – only ¥4,500 for the round-trip journey. You can purchase the ticket at the terminal, by a ticket window or automated kiosk. I chose the automated kiosk. It was only in Japanese, but still pretty easy to […]

Short Trip to Yamanashi

Another two-day, one night trip out of Tokyo for around ¥10,000. A great trip to see the Southern Alps on a budget. I’ve always heard of Yamanashi as being a fruit paradise – indeed, it is an important place for the growing of many of the wonderful fruits in Japan – from grapes, peaches, persimmons, […]

Chofu Airport

Did you know that Tokyo has a third airport? It’s located in the western Tokyo suburb of Chofu. It was originally a WWII airbase used to protect Tokyo, and is now a commercial airport with both general aviation facilities and scheduled service to the Izu islands by a small carrier called New Central Air Services. […]