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Forest Bathing With Elephants At Lake Nojiri’s ‘Zo No Komichi’

One of the best nature escapes on Japan’s main island of Honshu has got to be Lake Nojiri. Located high in the northern Nagano mountains, this ancient glacial lake is part of the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National...

Kayaking through Paradise on Okinawa’s Iriomote Island

As I paddled my kayak through the mangroves, a hawk circled overhead and a chorus of bird calls floated out of the surrounding forest. This is when I fell in love with Iriomote Island. Located in the sub-tropical southern tip of Japan,...

Forest Bathing in Japan’s First National Forest: Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest

There’s nothing more soothing than spending a day in nature; I’ve always thought so. On a quest to unwind, I paid a visit to Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest, Japan’s first-ever National Park. Located in Agematsu (in Nagano’s Kiso Valley) it is considered...