Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 4 – Kagoshima Prefecture : Kirishima

Miyazaki City to Kirishima – how far? It takes about 1.5 hour to reach Kirishima from Miyazaki. Kirishima (霧島)  Kirishima (霧島) is an active volcanic mountain range that lies on the border between Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures.  It has lots of mountains, highlands, volcanic lakes and hot springs, if you love hiking through mountainous surroundings, …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 3 – Miyazaki Prefecture : Is Miyazaki City not Easter Island! Is winter but feel like tropical atmosphere in Miyazaki!

Beppu to Miyazaki From Beppu to Miyazaki is about 3 hour drive.  We stopped in the rest area on the way.  It was drizzling when we stopped for our early lunch break. Rest Area on highway to Miyazaki We bought the tickets from the vending machines and passed the tickets to the counter so that …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 2 – Oita Prefecture : Sanrio Hormony Land and Hells of Beppu

Why Self Drive in Kyushu? Kyushu is a great place to self drive, the driving seat is on the right which is same as most commonwealth countries.  Driving in Kyushu is like driving in Australia, roads are wide and spacious, no hassle at all.  Not everywhere in Japan is good for self driving.  I won’t …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 1 – Oita Prefecture – A quiet getaway in Yufuin/湯布院

Self Drive in Kyushu Island Japan Kyushu 九州 is the most southern island in Japan, this island is most suitable for self drive because of it wide roads and less cars.  There are total 7 prefectures in Kyushu and the capital is Fukuoka.  The size of Kyushu is about the size of Taiwan.  I am …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Summary Itinerary

Japan Central Region / Chubu Road Map Why do self drive with rental car in Japan? Freedom to explore anywhere and anytime. Do any impromptu stop and visit the places local go and shop. Driving is not difficult in Japan at all if you can manage Malaysia and Singapore road trip as most Japanese drivers …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 8 – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Hakone Hotel Kowakien This hotel is well located in a beautiful garden.  It was very pleasant to walk around the huge garden and admire the beautiful scenery early morning after we woke up. It was very nice to see the leaves changed it color and started to fall, getting into the real cold winter.  I …

Japan self drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

Japan Self Drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture  Hotel Mt. Fuji The weather was really great when we woke up in the morning in Hotel Mt.Fuji, we took more pictures from the garden with Mt Fuji at our background.  It was a sunny day but with strong winds.  It was a …

Japan 8 days Self drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture

Japan 8 days Self Drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture  Matsumoto Castle This morning we checked out early from our hotel and went to visit the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest castle in Japan, it is also called “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior. …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5- Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5  – Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture  Early hot spring bath in Hotel Morinokaze Tateyama Since the hotel provided the hot spring bath with very beautiful mountain view, I took the opportunity to rise early and soaked in the outdoor hot spring.  Outdoor hot spring …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture  Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route We departed very early from Tonami Royal Hotel and arrived about 1 hour later in Tateyama.  There is a timetable for the train and we were rushing for the earliest departure at Tateyama station.  We parked …