Spirited Away to Ginzan Onsen 銀山温泉

In December 2019, we took a 35-minute bus-ride from Oishida Station (four stops from Yamagata Station) to Ginzan Onsen. The road wound through snowy fields of farmlands, seemingly abandoned in the winter. The boarded-up houses, some with plastic sheets flapping in the wind, lent a post-apocalyptic desolation to the landscape. We alighted in a parking... Continue Reading →

Outdoor places to explore in Seoul

Seoul may seem kind of soul-less when you first get there; travelling from airport to city. Not much greenery, lots of drab concrete tenement-like buildings on the outskirts, then into the vehicular chaos of the CBD. But after a couple of visits there, I started discovering pockets of oases amidst the urban sprawl. Places where... Continue Reading →

Seoul Food to Go

If you are a Korean drama fan, you will know just how much food figures in Korean society. Almost any K-drama will include some food place where protagonists meet, kiss, lament, gorge themselves, battle, conjecture, drink themselves silly, you get the picture ...So, while we aren't exactly K-drama fans, we would still like to share... Continue Reading →

What we ate on Jeju Island

Being constantly horned at (we drove), climbing hills, seeking out waterfalls, peddling rail bikes around a cemetary and disturbing the diving ahjummas can work up an appetite! If in Jeju, do not pass up the chance to drop by the markets, eat abalone and down some beer with your fried chicken! Munching in Markets:- Korean... Continue Reading →

Eating in Niseko with Kids

So it was all due to raving reviews of this amazing boutique lodge called The Kimamaya which had us scraping together holiday money by eating bread for a month (or two) to make the trip. Note: Being called 'Aspen of the East' means that Niseko is NOT cheap. What's more, travelling with kids above eleven years... Continue Reading →

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