This post is an overview for people who are interested in seeing a bit more of nature while travelling Japan, whether it is sightseeing at the top of a mountain or an all-day hike. Information is focused on getting to and from a mountain and what amenities are available.
Visiting a Japanese mountain is a must-do when travelling Japan. Many mountains have public transportation and scenic bus routes!
Train, transit, ryokan, minshuku food, and translation tips for getting around in rural Japan to more off-beat and interesting places!
A photo essay of fish markets, shrines, village life legacies, and contemporary gems around Yahiko, Niigata, Japan.
A photo essay of Yahiko in Niigata Prefecture, rural Japan. Includes Shinto shrines, Japanese sweets, temples, forests, and sunsets.
A weekend trip to the Rokugo Manzan, 33 Buddhist temples around Mount Futago in Oita Prefecture, Japan.
There is an old saying that upon entering the sea of Buddhist truth, even the smallest fish is instantly transformed into a great dragon. Monastic disciples upon entering the Dragon Gate at Eiheiji, one of the two Soto Zen headquarters in Japan, are transformed into dragons, and when he finishes training and re-enters the world, he goes back to being a fish. – Kaoru Nonomura (Eat Sleep Sit p. 27) It’s October 15, and I’ve left the swimming world of fish for a day to wrap up my Shikoku pilgrimage at Koya-san (Mount Koya), the headquarters of the Shingon sect of…
Hi there! This post has two parts. The first is a map of just Shimonoseki City’s cafes. The second part features cafes I’ve visited in different cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Part 1: Shimonoseki City Map This is a map of independent cafes in Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is based off of the Shimonoseki Saten Map (Japanese), which is available online. Shimonoseki is worth stopping over if you are on your way to Fukuoka using a JR Pass. There is the Karato Fish Market for fresh value sushi and pufferfish (fugu), the local specialty. It is open daily until 3pm. It is…
Thoughts after hiking the 3 Holy Mountains of Yamagata in a single day.
How to get to Haguro-san, Gassan, and Yudono-san in Japan for hikers and travellers. Includes bus times, lodgings, and vocabulary.