A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

A guide to Nikko, Japan: top 3 things to do in Nikko

“Never say kekko until you’ve seen Nikko” is a famous Japanese proverb, where “kekko” means “to be satisfied”. Essentially this means that you cannot miss doing Nikko when you visit Japan. Nikko is a small city in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo…

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Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

Things to do in Nikko, Japan: Kegon Falls

The Kegon Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Nikko. It is located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park near the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It is almost 100 Mts. tall and is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls…

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Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Shinkyo Bridge which means the "sacred bridge" is one of the three magnificent bridges in Japan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in central Nikko at the entrance of Nikko's shrines and temples. It belongs to the Futarasan Shrine…

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko is a famous hill-station north of Tokyo. I visited Nikko in mid-April driving from Tokyo with an English speaking Japanese tour guide. Even though I was a little late for the cherry blossom season, I was happy to visit the famous shrines and tourist spots in Nikko…

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Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako, the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan

Lake Yamanakako is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. It is also the best spot for viewing Mount Fuji in Japan.

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FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

The Fujimi Kotoku Park is a secret spot for viewing cherry trees with Mt. Fuji views in Fujiyoshida. It is off the beaten track and tourists may not know about this place. The park also has a shrine and a recreational walking trail. It is a…

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Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko, also known as the hot spring resort town, is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is the second largest of the Five Fuji Lakes. It is also the most easily accessible of the Five Fuji Lakes with direct train and bus connections to Tokyo. It has some of the best sakura/cherry blossoms…

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

After a long day of travel from Kyoto, changing trains and buses, I arrived at Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort very late in the night. The front desk team was warm and hospitable and after check-in, helped me book a massage later in the night at their favorite salon…

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Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Japan is one of the topmost countries in the world for cherry blossom or sakura (as the Japanese call it) viewing. Each spring the cherry trees blossom for a very short time in different parts of Japan. Starting from Japan's southern subtropical islands of Okinawa…

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10 Places to Visit on your Road Trip on the South Coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia

10 Places to Visit on your Road Trip on the South Coast of New South Wales (NSW), Australia

I recently did a road trip with my friend Sofia Max (@i_play_sofiamax) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. We had spent 5 days driving through the Central and the North Coast of NSW stopping over at Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Quirindi and Charlestown. After taking…

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5 Places to Visit on your Road Trip in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Central & North Coast

5 Places to Visit on your Road Trip in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Central & North Coast

I recently did a road trip in New South Wales, Australia, with another friend covering Blue Mountains, Capertee, Mudgee, Quirindi and Charlestown (Redhead Beach) in the Central and North Coast of NSW, and then Kiama, Wollongong, Jervis Bay, Macquarie Pass, Southern Highlands, Saddleback Mountain and Jamberoo Valley on the South Coast of NSW…

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5 things to do in Fitzroy Falls & our stay at Twin Falls Bush Cottages, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

5 things to do in Fitzroy Falls & our stay at Twin Falls Bush Cottages, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

It was almost 10:00 p.m. when my friend and I arrived in Fitzroy Falls. We were booked at the Twin Falls Bush Cottages that offer homely cedar cottages set on 50 acres of magnificent bushland backing onto the Morton National Park. The same day we had driven from Jervis Bay…

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Road trip New South Wales, Australia: central NSW, North Coast and south Coast

Road trip New South Wales, Australia: central NSW, North Coast and south Coast

I recently did a road trip in New South Wales, Australia, with another friend covering Blue Mountains, Capertee, Mudgee, Quirindi and Charlestown (Redhead Beach) in the central and North Coast of NSW, and then Kiama, Wollongong, Jervis Bay, Macquarie Pass, Kangaroo Valley, Saddleback Mountain and Jamberoo Valley on the South Coast of NSW.

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Jamberoo Valley & Saddleback Mountain Lookout, New South Wales, Australia

Jamberoo Valley & Saddleback Mountain Lookout, New South Wales, Australia

Jamberoo Valley is full of nature reserves and national parks and has a quiet, little village called Jamberoo located in the valley. The village is about 11 km inland from Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales. The Saddleback Mountain Lookout is located close to Jamberoo. 

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