Japan is very popular for Kiwi visitors; with the Rugby World Cup last year and the Olympics upcoming in 2020, the country’s profile has never been higher. So many visitors to Japan use the impressive Japan Rail network to hop at Shinkansen (bullet) speed from one big city to another… Read the rest
It’s difficult to recall many details of the Japanese countryside from my recent trip, as it mostly hurtled past at 270km/h while I reclined in air-conditioned comfort.
I’ve always loved travelling by train, but these are so futuristic they look like they’ve been dropped onto the tracks from a Hollywood… Read the rest
The Nakasendo or ‘Road through the Central Mountains’ was part of feudal Japan’s network of highways. Travellers moving between Kyoto and Tokyo took several days to travel the Nakasendo, staying overnight in Juku post towns. Today’s visitors can walk sections of the original route by day and stay in local… Read the rest
Trek ancient trails in the tranquil countryside of Japan.
Stray onto the beaten track with an eight-day trekking adventure on some of the ancient pilgrim routes in Japan. The Koya-san and Kumano Kodo treks take you deep through the wilderness and into the mountainous landscapes of Honshu, as well as… Read the rest
Experience traditional Japan and remote Mongolia, and ride the grand Trans Siberian Railway from Vladivostok to the old Tartar capital of Kazan, en route to Moscow. Graceful imperial St. Petersburg is the perfect climax to this historic journey.
Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Tokyo, a city of awe-inspiring skyscrapers, an… Read the rest
Japan, a country steeped in mythical traditions and modern wonders. This journey uncovers the highlights of this fascinating country. Like the history, the country is varied and diverse: from the ancient cities like Kyoto to the historically relevant city of Hiroshima and on to the beautiful Edo era city of… Read the rest