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 →

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 →

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 →

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