Getting to Naoshima from Tokyo

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Chichu Art Museum, Tadao Ando, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan… Do any of these ring a bell? What do they all in common? They’re all related to Naoshima! Naoshima is recently dubbed an “architectural pilgrimage site” drawing visitors from around the world to a small island town off the coast of Uno in Okayama prefecture and Takamatsu in Kagawa prefecture. Although a … READ MORE

Hakone, one day trip from Tokyo

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Hakone is a good weekend retreat place for Tokyo dwellers.  It is about 100 km away and about 90 minutes by train. Besides great view of Mt. Fuji and comforting Lake Ashi, train spotters would love cable car, rope way, pirate ships, and switchback trains! This tour was for two guest from USA, staying one night in Hakone before going … READ MORE

Pola Museum of Art in Hakone

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Hakone is well known for hot spring and Lake Ashi. It is also polular place for art fun. There are several museums in the area. The one we visited in January is Pola Museum of Art. Not only the collection but the museum buidling itself is art. Even my dog enjoyed the outside trail. In spring it should be beautiful … READ MORE