Category: Japan

Takaragawa Onsen

Like a virgin Since 2010, together with my running buddies, we have been making yearly trips to Japan and onsens always feature prominently in our itineraries. Takaragawa Onsen was one of the first they visited. I wasn’t with them at that time but they made sure I became […]

All the ‘Men’ We Ate in Kyushu

Can’t last a day without Men (麺) When in Japan, you can’t not eat ‘men’. There are all kinds of men in Japan. Ramen. Soba. Udon. Instant. Bespoke. Have them hot, in boiled savoury soup, or eat them cold/dry, dipping them in sauce/soup. Or fried – with vegetables/meat/seafood. Recently, […]

Hike Mt Houou

After Typhoon Lan, a day of perfect weather   The gamble paid off. A day earlier, we queued for over an hour at the Kanazawa JR ticket office because some shinkansen lines were stalled due to Typhoon Lan. We were skeptical that the weather would really be fine like mountain-forecast.com predicted but […]

Spirited Away to Ginzan

One day out of the blue, my mate asked: why are we going to Ginzan? (ok, she meant, why, out of so many onsens, did I choose this one?) I gave her the only answer that came to my mind then: because there’s a ryokan there that looked like the […]