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A Cultural Heritage Park in Tokyo – Rikugien Garden of Waka poetry

Rikugien Garden is a Cultural Heritage Park in Tokyo.
Beautiful Parks in Tokyo Many people say Tokyo is crowded; true depending on where you go. Sometimes a peaceful garden is in order to escape the crowds. Of Tokyo's beautiful parks, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku-Gyoen...

Tokyo Day Trip: Koedo, Kawagoe’s Breath of Edo

We hear music in the distance. Drums beat and flutes whistle a traditional sound—ancient Japanese melodies in an otherwise modern city. We follow the alluring tune and quickly become engulfed by a town that stands still in time. Men and women in...

The Nakasendo Trail: 1 day hike from Magome to Tsumago

Picture this: you're a feudal lord (daimyo) with land, money and power within your community. You live hundreds of kilometres from the Nation’s capital and presumably fly under the radar. In your opinion, they’ve been in charge long enough and you could...

The Edo-era remains of Tsumago juku

Nagano is famous for its world-class ski fields but this prefecture's history runs deeper than a few feet of snow. Take a sharp U-turn from the chairlift to find storybook villages like Tsumago in Nakasendo which can transport visitors centuries back in...