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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

Free Guided Tour of Nagoya Castle


Free Guided Tours in 2009 by the Japan Guide Association PLEASE JOIN US! Working together with “Yokoso Japan Weeks”(Jan.20〜Feb.28,2009), the Japan Guide Association provides free guided tours by the national licensed tour guides. The tours are only for foreign... more

Nagoya's oldest building: Arako Kannon

Nagoya's oldest building: Arako Kannon


When the famed Buddhist monk, and compulsive wood-carver, Enku ,took up residence at the Arako Kannon temple (Kannonji, in today’s Nakagawa Ward) in 1676, this venerable temple was already over 900 years old, having been... more

Yoshigaura Onsen: Ishikawa onsen

Yoshigaura Onsen: Ishikawa onsen


Perhaps one of the greatest disappointments in Japan is the state of the coastal resort areas. So many are marred by concrete monstrosities that dominate the landscape, leaving one feeling as though you might as... more

Kawayu Onsen: Wakayama Onsen

Kawayu Onsen: Wakayama Onsen


Kawayu Onsen is a geological wonder located close to the World Heritage grand shrine, Kumano Hongu Taisha. “Kawa” means “river” and “yu” means “hot water”. Here, hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the... more

Ryujin Onsen: Wakayama onsen

Ryujin Onsen: Wakayama onsen


Ryujin or “Dragon God” Onsen is situated in an isolated valley at the southern terminus of the panoramic Ryujin-Koya skyline highway, which links the sacred Buddhist temple complex of Koyasan with Ryujin. It is one... more

Yunomine Onsen: Wakayama Onsen

Yunomine Onsen: Wakayama Onsen


Yunomine Onsen is believed to be one of the oldest hot springs in Japan and is intimately connected with the Kumano Pilgrimage. The legendary founding dates back 1800 years and was used for hot water... more

Renge Onsen: high in the mountains

Renge Onsen: high in the mountains


Tucked away to the north of Shiroumadake (or Hakuba to you ski bunnies) lies Renge Onsen(蓮華温泉), one of the greatest treasures of the region. Inside the Chubu-Sangaku National park, Renge is a trip and a... more

Futatsumoriyama: Hiking in Japan


The names of most Japanese mountains give little idea of their actual appearance, often either referring to obscure historical arcana or suggesting an over-active, sake-enhanced visual imagination. Futatsumoriyama, however, is a perfectly apposite name for... more

Catholic Samurai and the European Landscape.

Catholic Samurai and the European Landscape.


How the arrival of Catholic samurai in Rome in 1585 and 1615 should have a relationship to my development as a landscape painter has been like a detective story without a villain. My story spans... more

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