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Japan 2019

Mashiko Pottery Village

This is our second visit to the pottery village of Mashiko in the Tochigi prefecture. We have such fond memories of our first visit several years ago that we wanted to come back again.

Gyoza Town Utsunomiya

Our second time in Gyoza Capital. A city with a total of 350 gyoza dumplings restaurants. I have long dreamed of coming back to this town and of doing a proper “gyoza crawl”.

Hiking up to the Kinunuma Marshland

Kaniyu Onsen (1320m) to Kinu-numa  (2030m) // 8 km, 5 hours, 715 m altitude up and down After a complete, typical Japanese Ryokan breakfast with fish, natto and pickles (a bit too much for Philippe) and a quick morning dip… Continue Reading →

Mt. Hangetsu Panorama

This morning, before taking the train and bus to the next onsen destination, we decided to go up Mt. Hangetsu. On the way we met a fellow tourist, a Colombian working in Abu Dhabi, and we went up to the… Continue Reading →

Ch?zenji Lake Morning Walk

We had a pleasant, short afternoon walk along the shore of Lake Chuzenji to the Tachiki Kannon Shrine

Ch?zenji Lake Afternoon Hike

Yugawa onsen to Senjyogahara marshland to Ryuzu waterfall 10km, 3h30min Hunting for a lunch spot, we found a queue in front of a non-descriptive shop. It was a butcher turned into Tonkatsu restaurant, rated as No.1 lunch place in Chuzenji… Continue Reading →

Kanaya Hotel (and their stolloing path)

We spent one night at the famous and traditional Kanaya Hotel in Nikko.

Extravagant Nikko

Nikko‘s temples and shrines are gold and red, shiny and extravagant  – too gaudy for my taste. It reminds me of a cathedral in Florence, with every inch richly decorated and rather overwhelming.

Yuba, Yuba, Yuba

Japan is a tofu paradise. There are more tofu varieties than one can count.

Mikuni Food Blog (Restaurants)

Mikuni is an attractive destination for food lovers. We‘re just posting a few of our favorite places to remember…

Echizen Pottery Festival

We love pottery, we even took a course some time ago, but never made anything but basic pots and cups.

Kyoto Trail, Higashiyama

Fushimi Inari – Mt. Shimizu (241m) – Higashiyama Sancho Park (220m) – Mt. Daimonji (465m) – Ginkaku Temple – Hiei (690m) // 25km, 8 hours I’m back at the Kyoto Trail again. Last December my mountain buddy Sano-san and I… Continue Reading →

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