Solo hiking in Himeji
Currently Hannah -- Jul 30
I've discovered recently that to find beautiful untouched places around Japan, or to escape the big cities even, I don't need to travel very far.

About 40 mins train away from Osaka lies Himeji and at the top of a mountain is Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple and it's beautiful! I hope you enjoy this little solo hike through some beautiful scenery.

News source: Currently Hannah
Aug 09
People in Japan are remembering the victims of a catastrophic event during World War Two. Exactly 75 years ago, an American warplane dropped an atomic bomb on the southwestern city of Nagasaki ... just three days after one leveled Hiroshima. (NHK)
Aug 09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested popular manga author Tatsuya Matsuki over the alleged molestation of a middle school girl in Nakano Ward earlier this year, reports Sankei Sports (Aug. 8). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Toyama Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly setting fire to the corpse of his girlfriend at their residence in Takaoka City, reports Jiji Press (Aug. 9). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Japan famously has one of the highest life expectancies in the world but its birth rate is also at an all time low, leaving the future of the country uncertain. (CNA)
Aug 09
Japan is Asia's first industrialised economy, yet it ranks 121, below Angola on the Gender Gap Index. (CNA)
Aug 09
Many Japanese will be taking their summer holiday over the weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNA)
Aug 09
A high school girl from Saitama Prefecture who used a game console to alert police after a 44-year-old man confined her inside his residence had been there for one month, police have revealed, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 7). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. (Japan Times)
Aug 08
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says 429 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed as of 3 p.m. on Saturday. (NHK)
Aug 08
Japan confirmed a record 1,597 new coronavirus infections on Friday, as cases continue to mount throughout the country, particularly in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka. (Kyodo)
Aug 08
Ayumi Sato is trying to be careful. But she's had enough. Lockdown fatigue is setting in for Sato, a 34-year-old stock trader who lives in Tokyo, and she's not alone. (CNN)
Aug 08
Temperatures rose above 35 degrees Celsius in central Tokyo for the first time this summer as a sweltering heat wave continues in Japan. (NHK)
Aug 08
Mid-August is a traditional time for many Japanese to leave the densely populated cities and travel to meet family in rural areas. Many fear that in the absence of firmer government advice, those travelers may be bringing an unseen passenger -- the coronavirus. (Bloomberg)
Aug 08
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says that on Friday 462 people were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus. (NHK)
Aug 08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 35-year-old man who is suspected of swindling multiple women he met online, reports Fuji News Network (Aug. 7). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 08
While Japan is widely considered to be a safe society to live in, the problem of “chikan” (gropers and perverts who engage in lewd behaviour like taking photos up women’s skirts) still persists in crowded spaces like trains and train stations. (soranews24.com)
Aug 08
NHK has learned that Japan's first supply of an experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca may be provided between next January and March. (NHK)
Aug 08
Teachers and education officials are calling for students to pay special heed to the risk of heat exhaustion this summer as schools across Japan shorten their summer holidays and hold more classes than usual to make up for closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Aug 08
In recent years, coral in the seas around Okinawa Prefecture has been turning black and dying off due to a particular variety of coral-killing sponge called Terpios hoshinota. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
The governor of Tokyo has called on residents to refrain from traveling to other prefectures during the summer holiday season, amid the continued rise in numbers of coronavirus infections in the capital. (NHK)