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Within the Sea of Trees

Right beneath Mount Fuji in Yamanashi prefecture lies one of Japan’s largest and densest forests: Aokigahara, also known as the Sea of Trees. Its grounds were primarily shaped by vulcanic activity, leaving behind nutritious soil that is now home to an extremely rich ecosystem largely […]

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Fuji Gazing

This Sunday is Culture Day in Japan – an occasion on which the emperor traditionally grants special honors to people that have made extraordinary contributions to the country in some sort or fashion. I for one am not sure how one is supposed to commemorate […]

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Emerald ponds and Crow Castle

Unsurprisingly, day two of our trip to the Japanese Alps wasn’t blessed by tremendous weather conditions either. However, the surrounding scenery in Kamikochi did not fail to make up for the cloudy sky. On arrival at the main tourist hub, one can choose from several […]

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Hiking at Mount Norikura

Supposedly, one of the most beautiful sceneries in all of Japan can be found at a place called Kamikochi in the middle of the Japanese Alps. Since it’s more than a three-hour ride from Tokyo, we decided to go for yet another long weekend trip […]

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Kamakura and Enoshima Island

To be perfectly honest, I do not enjoy planning my holidays, or even short weekend trips in full detail. If I’m traveling on my own, I usually end up strolling around aimlessly (which often makes for unexpected encounters – give it a try!). However, I […]

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Notes from Nikko

Last week saw Japan’s Obon festival, a time at which traditionally many people would take a short break to travel to their home town and honor the spirits of their ancestors. Alternatively, it’s a perfect occasion for a short summer holiday! The weekend before a […]

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Venturing off the city limits

Today marks the third week living in Japan and I had not set foot outside of the city until now. Hence, even though the weather report was all but promising, the first destination of choice was Miura Peninsula, about 90 minutes away from Tokyo. Right […]

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Calm before the storm

As a final act before the turbulences of moving begin, I took two weeks off to travel the Caucasus Mountains in northern Georgia together with a friend of mine. The area around World Heritage Site Mestia offered us challenging treks, a landscape that was not […]

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