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 […]

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Building a Pilgrimage

Much has happened.  I’m going to rewind to the spring of this year – which I know is not current, but my experience may still be relevant even in this age of instant updates. I’m going to write about hiking the Kumano Kodo, the ancient Japanese pilgrimage trail. This first entry is about my decision […]

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 […]

A Weekend of Cultural Woofs

Sakura season is coming to an end – by the time this goes to print I think all but the sturdiest cherry blossoms will have been stripped by the powerful winds that have been blowing through Yokohama/Tokyo the past few days. I have a sort of philosophy about Sakura and why it’s so popular here […]