Donny Kimball

Exploring a different side of Japan to document the hidden gems that you can't find in the mainstream travel guides...

Dec 3, 2021

Nara's Omiwa Shrine

Nara's Omiwa Shrine

Found in Nara Prefecture, Omiwa Shrine is regularly considered to be the oldest Shinto shrine in all of Japan. Don't miss it if you're nearby!

Nov 25, 2021

A Nice Time in Nasu

A Nice Time in Nasu

While the Nikko area is well known, Tochigi also home to hidden gems like Nasu, a locale that's great for fans of hiking and hot springs.

Nov 21, 2021

Not Enough

Not Enough

The past year has shown me that the current Donny is not enough and that embracing joy is the key to being of better service to Japan long term.

Nov 11, 2021

Nishi-Aizu & Kitakata

Nishi-Aizu & Kitakata

Situated in the western extremes of Fukushima Prefecture, Nishi-Aizu and Kitakata are two hidden gems that perfect for repeat visitors to Japan.

Nov 2, 2021

Beyond Hiroshima

Beyond Hiroshima

Most visitors to Hiroshima and Miyajima sadly never get a chance to explore the many hidden treasures of the San’in and San’yo regions of Japan.

Oct 27, 2021

Northern Hokkaido

Northern Hokkaido

Hokkaido's northern reaches are home to the remote but beautiful islands of Rishiri and Rebun as well as all of Japan's northernmost locations.

Oct 13, 2021

Between Kagoshima & Okinawa

Between Kagoshima & Okinawa

The area between Kagoshima Prefecture on mainland Kyushu and Okinawa is dotted with a number of unique islands that are all home to hidden allures.

Oct 7, 2021

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

Found in Saitama, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park is home to a 5 million spider lilies. Known as higanbana in Japanese, these flower around the autumn equinox.

Sep 30, 2021

Needing Nagahama

Needing Nagahama

Found just to the north of Hikone, Shiga's former castle town of Nagahama is home to both samurai era vibes and the sacred isle of Chikubushima.

Sep 23, 2021

What Do YOU Want?

What Do YOU Want?

Since the pandemic, it's been hard figuring out what to publish since no one can from overseas can actually visit Japan right now.

Sep 16, 2021

The Endless Journey

The Endless Journey

This article explains why I feel that I'll need many more lifetimes to finally visit all of the many hidden gems in Japan that are on my list.

Sep 9, 2021

Scaling Mt. Kumotori

Scaling Mt. Kumotori

Found in the far west of Tokyo, Mt. Kumotori is the tallest peak in the prefecture. It's also the home of Kamado family in Kimetsu-no-Yaiba.