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Riding the rails to Mie

Riding the rails to Mie


This article is unabashedly in favor of train travel! Trains provide stress-free transportation, no sudden stops, restful seats, large windows, no smoking, and the hypnotic drone of the conductor's voice (probably imparting valuable information). Riding... more

Kushimoto: southern Wakayama paradise

Kushimoto: southern Wakayama paradise


It’s an often-repeated cliché that Japan’s history and culture have been shaped by its island geography, but in Kushimoto more than anywhere else I’ve visited that cliché feels like its true. The town hugs the... more

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side


Twenty odd years ago I washed up on these rocky shores, after an extended period enjoying the back-packing lifestyle of South East Asia. Traveling around Japan, one thing immediately struck me as different from the... more

Hokkaido: camping without the mosquitoes!

Hokkaido: camping without the mosquitoes!


When I first moved to Nagoya from Canada I clearly remember thinking how exotic it was. There were palm trees in the parks. Little tiny trucks and cars buzzed around the streets. Businessmen and women... more