Backyard Tourism

Backyard Tourism is an ongoing series where I try to show that just about anywhere in Japan has potential so long as its story is told right.

Jul 15, 2021

Backyard Tourism Vol. 11

Backyard Tourism Vol. 11

Found west of Shinjuku, Koenji is Tokyo's top retro neighborhood. From vintage clothing to old school eateries, Koenji has much on offer.

Apr 29, 2021

Backyard Tourism Vol. 10

Backyard Tourism Vol. 10

Found in Gunma Prefecture, Koizumi Inari Shrine is home to an expansive collection of torii gates that's worthy of being posted to Instagram.

Feb 11, 2021

Backyard Tourism Vol. 9

Backyard Tourism Vol. 9

Located near Narita International Airport, the Hiyodori-zaka in Sakura City is a bamboo-lined path that can rival the likes Kyoto's Arashiyama.

Oct 9, 2020

Backyard Tourism Vol. 8

Backyard Tourism Vol. 8

Samukawa Shrine in Kanagawa is a serene, 1,600 year-old hidden gem that rarely (if ever) pops up on the radars of overseas visitors to Japan.

Aug 27, 2020

Backyard Tourism Vol. 7

Backyard Tourism Vol. 7

Found at the foot of Tokyo's ever-iconic Rainbow Bridge, Shibaura Minami Futo Park has been one of my go-to spots when I need a place to think.

Jun 4, 2020

Backyard Tourism Vol. 6

Backyard Tourism Vol. 6

The Todoroki Ravine is a natural sanctuary in the middle of Tokyo. Found near Futako Tamagawa, this hidden allure is a welcome reprieve.

Apr 9, 2020

Backyard Tourism Vol. 5

Backyard Tourism Vol. 5

This installment of Backyard Tourism traces the roots of the devastating Great Fire of Meireki to a small temple compound in Tokyo's Sugamo area.

Feb 21, 2020

Backyard Tourism Vol. 4

Backyard Tourism Vol. 4

Tokyo's historic Sugamo area is often referred to colloquially as "grandma's Harajuku" due to the fact that many elderly shop there.

Oct 25, 2019

Backyard Tourism Vol. 3

Backyard Tourism Vol. 3

Found just to the north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, Omiya’s Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine is an often overlooked hidden gem.

Sep 29, 2019

Backyard Tourism Vol. 2

Backyard Tourism Vol. 2

A visit to Osaka's Senko-ji temple complex is like experiencing a journey and back again to the Buddhist interpretations heaven and hell.

Aug 23, 2019

Backyard Tourism Vol. 1

Backyard Tourism Vol. 1

The names of many places in Japan belie a hidden history and Meguro is no exception. This article will reveal the origins of Merugo's moniker.