Category: Japan 2014

Kyoto Night walk from Ishibei-Koji to Yasaka Shrine

After sending off blister-suffering Pierre to the hotel by taxi, Yasuko and I strolled in a quiet lantern-lit stone-paved quarter to the Yasaka Shrine.  The crowd of daytime tourists was gone by the time and the area very atmospheric. The shrine was illuminated by lots…

Hidden Food Heaven in Kyoto

It’s very unlikely we would have known this restaurant if it wasn’t recommend by Yasuko’s friend Mayumi, a food fanatic who travels hundreds of miles for a good meal and who, unfortunately, couldn’t join us. It would have been close to impossible to find…

Giant in Hobbit Land

The check-in procedure is typically accompanied by a couple of nervous “oh-oh-ohs” when the host sees the size of my shoes and my length. A couple of seconds later, “beam me up Scotty” style, she’s back with slippers I can get at least half…

Japan Mountain Top Sound

One thing hard to find in Japan (and that may be hard to believe) is a quiet place. Listen to the sound of a viewing platform at the top of a cable car at 2100m. Japan Mountain Top Sound

Magome (Village) & Minshuku Tajimaya (Inn)

We have moved slightly south of the Japan Alps to a very pretty town called Magome. It is the starting point of a historical trail which used to be part of the route Kyoto-Tokyo which was of great importance during Edo period. We are…

Hiking in the Japan alps

We spent a couple of days in the Japan Alps. We took a train to Matsumoto, continued to Kamikōchi and spent a first night at the entrance of the national park. On the second day the hiking started against an impressive backdrop of steep…

Ropeway English

If you want to take the one gondola into the Japanese alps at Shinhodskaonsen, you first need to buy a wicket. If you also buy a meal coupon, you may consider bending it. There is a friendly machine assisting…