Hakone: Hot Springs and Nature as Far as the Eye Can See

Hakone is a perfect place to visit if you want to get away from the hectic and overwhelming city of Tokyo. Located 100 miles away from the city, it is an easy 30 minutes train ride away. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and it’s considered one of the best places to see … More Hakone: Hot Springs and Nature as Far as the Eye Can See

The Hike of a Lifetime: A Visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine

I visited Kyoto’s number one site, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one afternoon on a hot August day. I was particularly excited to visit this shrine because of its memorable appearance on one of my favorite movies, Memoires of a Geisha. During this scene, young Chiyo runs along the vermilion (orange-red color) torii tunnels, leaving moviegoers extremely taken … More The Hike of a Lifetime: A Visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine