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Landscapes by road in Tohoku II

Rice fields soon to be ready for harvest, farmhouses and homesteads, patches of vegetable plots, the occasional dormant volcano, gorges with rivers penciled through in grey. And lots of fluffy white puffs of cloud in a deep blue sky. Green … Continue reading

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Landscapes by road in Tohoku

The landscape is Tohoku is pretty. Dominated by large swatches of rice fields, there are small villages, the occasional sight of hills, rivers and once in a while, a bright red torii gate! This trip has lots of travel by … Continue reading

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Matsumoto, Tsumago and basashi!

Said a reluctant goodbye to Yarimikan and its tantalising baths this morning. But not before a typically filling generous Japanese breakfast and a mochi-pounding performance at which KH also sportingly had a go. The slippery smooth onsen tamago is one … Continue reading

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Yarimikan: Hidden Onsen

What’s your idea of paradise? Mine varies. Sometimes its a white sand beach with glass-clear waters. Sometimes its just home with hours of uninterrupted Korean dramas on video. But here, in Japan, there is a really special spot that comes … Continue reading

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Up on the roof of Japan

Right out of a Christmas postcard right? Up here at the observation deck of the Nishihotakaguchi station of the Shin Hotaka Ropeway, the view takes the breath away. Except for another 15 people, we have the place to ourselves.

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Ogimachi

The plan was to drive from Shirakawago back towards Takayama, bypassing it and taking route 158 deeper into the mountains to Okuhida where we would spend the night. We thought we’d finish most of the sights in Ogimachi by 10am … Continue reading

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Ainokura

Wouldn’t you like to live here? I don’t know whose house this is but I sure wish it were mine! Imagine this in summer when the fields are green and the doors thrown open, a light breeze wafting through the … Continue reading

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