Sunrise over Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture is Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Due to its proximity to the old capital, Kyoto, Lake Biwa features prominently in Japanese literature. From the castle town of Hikone, we took an early summer morning’s trip to watch the sun rise over the lake.

As Hikone sits on the

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The Rabbits of Okunoshima

Okunoshima is a little island in the Seto Inland Sea. During WWII, the island was home to a poison gas factory. Today, countless semi-wild rabbits have turned the formerly morbid place into a tourist attraction for children and animal lovers. The rabbits, which are said to be the descendants of freed test bunnies (although that

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Rainbow Bridge Views

The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge in Tokyo Bay, connecting Shibaura to the man-made island of Odaiba. Officially called the Tokyo Wan Renraku-kyo, the bridge can be crossed by car, the Yurikamome rubber-tired train or on foot, offering panoramic views of the inner Tokyo harbor from the north side and Tokyo Bay from the

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Climbing Mount Fuji…

…or how not to do it
So, first time in Japan. You might have a list of things you must or at least really want to do. I certainly did. And climbing the country’s highest mountain was near the top. It’s just such a great superlative to check off the list, more so since the

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