Japan & Nature

Yakushima: Beautiful Hikes, Gentler Life

Apr 2018

Planning a trip to Yakushima is very easy thanks to the abundance of the high quality websites focusing on the island and its hiking trails. Even a quick browse through those various sites is sufficient to ensure you that Yakushima is the right choice as the sense of attachment the page owners feel to this mystical island jumps out of almost every page of their websites.

Kerama Blue: Tokashiki and Zamami Islands in Okinawa

Mar 2020

I can safely call the tiny island of Tokashiki as my happy place in Japan. When I say "tiny", I mean really tiny. You can walk between its main two centers, namely Aharen Beach and Tokashiki Beach in an hour.

Cape Ashizuri in Shikoku

Aug 2019

We have a long trip from Tokyo to Cape Ashizuri. We first need to take the plane followed by a hopefully scenic train journey before we get on the car for the final leg. 

Tokyo and Beyond

Lotus flower in bloom in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo
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Iseji Route of Kumano Kodo

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The Coastal Route // I`m on my way to walk part of Iseji Route of Kumano Kodo. I reach for my camera bag a little hesitantly. Mt. Fuji is fully visible on this overcast winter day in Honshu.

Nakahechi Route of Kumano Kodo

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Morning Prayer // It is 5 am in the morning. I will shortly start hearing the footsteps of the monks and their students. The preparations for the morning pray start at 5.30 am. 

Circling Yakushima

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Road Walks // You may ask – why would anyone desire to spend three days hiking or better to say walking in Yakushima on the road having to watch out for cars when some of the most intriguing hiking trails in the World are almost as readily available with a short bus ride?

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