May 31 2019


November 3rd 2018 provided a welcome opportunity for a return trip to Kasama in Ibaraki Prefecture.     Each year, from mid-October to late November, the streets of Kasama are lined with the floral displays of their annual Chrysant READ MORE

April 26 2019


As the cherry-pink petals of Tokyo’s sakura season were being blown away by the capital’s April breezes, we headed to Nagano’s Northern Alps to catch one more fix of Japan’s annual exhibition of springtime beauty.    On this trip, we were retu READ MORE

April 03 2019


Last October, we made a return trip to Komoro in Nagano Prefecture (, where we had a wonderful time taking in some of the attractions that we did not have the opportunity to visit during our initial excursion.   Watch a YouT READ MORE

March 27 2019


This is the second in our series of interviews with Japan-travel experts from overseas. Simon Richards is a Japan Product Executive at Audley Travel in London, a travel agency that specialises in providing tailor-made tours. We asked Simon some question READ MORE

March 06 2019


We had a great time revisiting NAGATORO in Saitama Prefecture on March 3rd for the town’s annual Fire Festival (‘Himatsuri’). Monks walked through flames at the foot of Mt. Hodo to celebrate the arrival of spring (although the cold and rain felt prett READ MORE

January 25 2019


This is the first in our series of interviews with Japan-travel experts from overseas. Anthony is the editor of the guidebook Japan - 100 Hidden Towns (published by Nellie’s Ltd.). We asked him some questions about his experiences of travelling in Jap READ MORE


book image 'JAPAN - 100 HIDDEN TOWNS'

Japan – 100 Hidden Towns is a travel guidebook to Japan off-the-beaten-track – the lesser known towns, where quiet, bucolic ways of life, and proudly maintained local history and traditions can be found. 100 towns, selected from all of the country’s 47 prefectures, are reviewed with a focus on nature, culture, food, access, and key dates – each illustrated with colourful photographs. Information on each of Japan’s eight regions and their major tourist attractions, general advice for travellers, and listings of useful phrases are also provided, helping visitors to maximise the enjoyment of their travels. Over 400 pages of colour photographs and useful information.

ISBN : 9784905527497