Category: Japan

Road of The Samurai

First Trek!  Making the Acquaintance of an Old World Road  I have the sakuras to thank for this.  Because they bloomed much earlier (3 weeks early) than anticipated, Takato castle 高遠城 had to be dropped from the plan. So what then? What could I fill that empty day with? […]

The Alpine Route – Part 2

Sunrise and Goodbye – Snowy Wonderland New! We signed up for the sunrise tour @ 2000 yen per pax. the staff told us they would phone us at 405am in the morning to let us know if the weather was good enough. If it wasn’t the tour would […]

Smoke Gets In My Eyes

… a 130 year old institution goes up in a sea of flames The other night, I heard that (horrors!) Kanda Yabu Soba  was ravaged and completely destroyed by a big fire. I was there last Feb and was looking forward to going back again this may, with the rest […]