Kumano Kodo pt 1: Dawn in Osaka, Sunset in Takahara

We got the aforementioned overnight bus at Shinjuku Station. It looked very much like a regular bus. I don’t know what I was expecting with the “dream liner” seats we purchased (not first class, but not economy), but I thought perhaps more than regular bus seats that flattened a bit more. Perks included: bus slippers […]

Hiking in Japan: Nokogiriyama

Whew! It’s been a long break, and I have a whole list of topics which require attention. So let’s get to it! Looking for an enjoyable hike outside of Tokyo? You should try Nokogiriyama! First of all, you get to take a ferry. It’s a bit of a walk from Keikyu-Kurihama or Kurihama station, so […]

Nikko Part 1: Uphill Always

  Today I awoke to a pristine mountain morning – far earlier than I intended. It turns out that when in completely unknown circumstances my imagination really lets loose. I woke up twice thinking there were hunter spiders in the room, and really all it takes is twice to ruin a night’s rest. So I […]

Nikko: Uphill Preface

This photo is from my second day in Nikko, when it was still light. I’m uploading from my first night as opposed to my first day, because this story overshadowed my afternoon. And because it was so dark, I have no photos to accompany it, save for this one I took later in my journey. […]