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 →

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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