Temples, forests, onsens, Buddhist cuisine: here is one of the reasons you should stay a few days in Kyoto to explore the surroundings of the ancient capital. My hike from Kibune to Kurama
An early hanami in February: a daytrip from Tokyo to Mito to see the plum blossoms at Kairakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan
Visiting Himeji castle, the most famous (and beautiful) in Japan
Back to the mountains for the amazing October Hachiman Matsuri in Takayama
A few restaurants I like, personally tested: eating ramen in Tokyo
The rail pass almost essential for travel in Japan, step by step. A guide to the Japan Rail pass
Hokkaido, the wonderful lavender fields in the North of Japan
Cannaregio, Giudecca and Burano, three places in Venice off the beaten path, where walking is beautiful.
Samurai, geisha, contemporary art, beautiful gardens and excellent cuisine. Kanazawa is worth a visit.
Great titles to read or bring with you to the ancient capital of Japan: books on Kyoto