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Cycle Easy: Japan's best routes for casual cyclists

Japan has one of the best cycling routes for casual cyclists who want to add a bit of excitement to their trips. You can easily rent a bike, the routes are well-prepared, and Japan's convenience stores and vending machines are waiting to support you on every stretch of your adventure. Read on to find out more about two scenic routes, Shimanami Kaido and Biwa-ichi, with tips from casual cyclists who took up the challenge.

Glamping Sites We Can't Get Enough Of

When you want to enjoy the great outdoors but aren’t ready for fumbling with poles after dark or shivering in the rain, glamping is your best bet! Glamping is a form of luxurious camping (the name comes from a combination of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ ) where your tent or pod is already set up for you but still gives you a taste of nature. Check out our favourite glamping destinations across Japan that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts on a budget, families, and luxury seekers.

Beyond Kyoto: Ancient pilgrimage trails and natural wonders in nearby Mie

The Kii Peninsula south of Osaka and Nagoya is a treasure trove of sacred places waiting to be discovered in its three prefectures – Wakayama, Nara and Mie. We talked to Alena Eckelmann of Kii Monogatari about the still unknown area of southern Mie and asked for her top trip recommendations. Alena has been living in Hongu, a small town in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula for over ten years now which makes her a seasoned local. 

Top 10 Skiing Tips for Family Adventures

Have you always been tempted by the famous “Japow” (Japanese powder snow) but worries about your little ones are holidng you back? How to make the most out of the ski season as a family? What about equipment? We checked back in with the Galavanting Family who have been enjoying the winter in the snow paradise that is Hokkaido. They gave us their top 10 tips and recommendations for making the most out of skiing adventures in Japan!



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