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 →

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 →

4 Reasons to Visit Nozawa Onsen

  In 2015, it was blizzarding when we stepped off the Nagaden bus after our 1.5 hour ride from Nagano Station to the central parking area of Nozawa Onsen. While the ski season had not officially started, the Nagaden was packed and we were lucky to have managed to squeeze ourselves into the back row... Continue Reading →

Kyoto with Kids

Be warned:- Fairly long post but too lazy to break the places all down by days zzz ...  We usually do not take long breaks in June for the following reasons:- - too much WORK to clear still - kids did badly in mid-year exams and have to catch up - No mood to go... Continue Reading →

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