Hidden Gems of Japan

There’s no feeling quite like arriving for your first (or tenth..) time in Japan. This is a guide for anyone who wants to travel off the beaten path. It includes all of my personal favourite hidden places, vegan food, favourite shops and my favorite detailed itineraries! (and a few famous must-visit sites - and tips on how to avoid the crowds...)

At the moment, the guide is covering Tokyo, Kyoto, Kawaguchiko (Mt Fuji), Shikoku, Kiso Valley as well as Shima Onsen in Gunma. I am also reguarly adding new places that I discover and will add more itineraries such as day trips from Tokyo, the Tohoku region, Kansai as well as Kyushu.

Guide by Sam Hodenius
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kim nguyen

April 2024

Planning out my first trip in Japan was tricky as there's so many things to read about. This is a wonderful guide with cute pictures and great tips, looking forward to my first trip in Japan next week! Thank you Sam

Guide by Sam Hodenius
Joined in January 2024

Hi! My name is Sam and I have been living in different corners of Japan for years. I thrive to show you the gems off the beaten paths in my favourite parts of Japan.

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