Spirited Away to Ginzan Onsen 銀山温泉

In December 2018, 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 →

Hakodate Travel – see, do, eat

We ended our year-end Hokkaido trip with a 3 night stay in Hakodate from 12 to 15 December 2015. Not relishing the 1.5 hour wait in Oshamanbe Station if we wanted to take the train from Kutchan (Niseko) to Hakodate, we decided to fork out 60,000 Yen for the 8 of us to travel in... Continue Reading →

7 tips for strawberry-picking in Shizuoka

Whenever I see strawberries in the supermarkets here, I think back to the fresh tartness of strawberries bursting with sugar sweetness in my mouth, plucked directly from the stems of the plants in the greenhouses of Shizuoka, Japan. In Tokyo for our first Sakura Hanami experience, we signed up for a strawberry-picking tour with Club... Continue Reading →

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