Mt Zao Fox Village

We visited Mt Zao Fox Village on a snowy February day in 2017 as part of a road trip. The village is a 20-30 minute drive from the nearest train station (Shiroshi) and so car is the easiest way to get there. There is plenty of parking and at the time of our visit the attraction was incredibly quiet.

Miyajima Island

Miyajima (宮島) is a small island located less than an hour from Hiroshima and is famous for its giant torii gate that appears to float when the tide is in. The island is actually called Itsukushima but is referred to as Miyajima which means ‘Shrine Island’ because of its famous shrine and it is said to be the island where God dwells. Apparently the Itsukushima Shrine was built on the coast because the whole island is believed to be God's body and is sanctified. The island is also home to a number of very tame deer who are also very greedy!

The ultimate selfie experience – Japanese photo booths (purikura machines)

Purikura プルクラ is a photo sticker booth or a product that has been generated by one and the name originates from the brand ‘Print Club’. These booths are found all over Japan generally in amusement arcades and shopping centres and they are popular with teenagers, young women and couples alike. The booths provide around 30 minutes of fun entertainment for approximately ¥400 and best of all you get to take the memories home.

Meguro Sky Garden

Where do you find a park when there’s no open space on the ground? On top of a building instead!

Just a 20 minute walk from Shibuya station is one of Tokyo’s more unique parks on top of the intersection of two expressways in Ohashi, Meguro, Tokyo.

Nezu Shrine - Tokyo

Nezu Shrine (根津神社) is in the Bunkyo Ward, an area Tokyo that holds a lot of history with a somewhat nostalgic feel. It’s one of Tokyo’s oldest shrines and is certainly one of the most beautiful, located in a park surrounded by lots of greenery and ponds of koi carp and turtles.

Cat Cafes

Cat cafes are themed cafes where cats can be admired and played with. Visitors pay a fee (which usually includes a drink) and have a set amount of time to spend in the company of felines.