Overview of our 3.5 days walking the Nakasendo Trail in the Kiso Valley of Japan.
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 →
I have been to Kamikochi twice. I hope to visit it for the third time. The truth is, in terms of scenery, there are probably more epic mountains and valleys in the world, especially in Europe and North America. However in Asia, in terms of access, cost and facilities, Kamikochi is probably the best there... Continue Reading →
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 →