A day trip to Nara

Nara is perfectly positioned as a short day trip from Kyoto, only 35 minutes away by train using your JR Pass. We wanted to see one main sight – the famous Nara deer. The 1,200 deer roam freely throughout Nara Park and outside the Todai-ji Temple. In the Shinto faith, they are considered to be … More A day trip to Nara

Hakone, Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the sacred symbol of Japan. It can only be climbed for a few short weeks in July each year, but tourists flock to one of the many hillside towns year-round for a glimpse of the elusive snow-topped mountain through the clouds. We activated our Japan Rail (JR) passes to take the Shinkansen … More Hakone, Mt. Fuji