Kyoto and Beyond on Lower Honshu Island, Japan

Kyoto and Beyond on Lower Honshu Island, Japan

  • June 08, 2024
  • by Inga

After exploring the island of Hokkaido and Tokyo, my husband and I headed south. For this segment, we moved around quite a bit. We tried to see as much as we could of Kyoto and beyond on lower Honshu Island, Japan. This included Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagoya, the Nakasendo Trail, Lake Kawaguchiko, and Mount Fuji. This …

A Week in Tokyo-Never Enough

  • April 24, 2024
  • by Inga

There is so much history, culture, and natural beauty in Japan that it’s difficult to narrow down the choices. I wanted to divide my time between the big cities and smaller towns so we started with Tokyo and knew we wanted to visit Hokkaido on the rugged northern island (see my article: A Week in …

Hiking in Japan

  • March 06, 2024
  • by Inga

Hiking in Japan is a trekker’s dream destination since three-quarters of the island nation is mountainous. They have a rich hiking culture with extensive networks of huts and village to support short day hikes or longer multi-day hikes. Trails are well maintained, and hikes can range from coastal hikes with expansive water views to remote …

Image of wall display of long timeline for Sapporo Brewery.

A Week in Hokkaido, Japan, Using Public Transportation

  • December 13, 2023
  • by Inga

By Inga Aksamit All photos by Inga Aksamit Hokkaido, the northern island in Japan, drew me with visions of lofty peaks, wide open spaces, and abundant natural beauty. I wasn’t disappointed. There are beautiful hikes for days and lots of solitude. We only made it to one national park among the embarrassment of riches in …

Three Hikes in Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan

  • December 06, 2023
  • by Inga

The hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park on the island of Hokkaido is sublime, featuring bubbling hot springs, steaming, otherworldly fumaroles, dramatic volcanic landscapes, wildflowers, and thick forests. During our week in Hokkaido, we visited Sapporo and spent two days in Daisetsuzan National Park, taking public transportation to get around. We were able to do three …