The South Route
Our south blogger will travel from the warm subtropical waters and white sand beaches of Okinawa to the rugged coastlines along the Sea of Japan. Along the way she will discover modern and traditional industrial marvels, tranquil rural islands and the rugged, mountainous interior of western Japan.
Walking the Salt Trail in ItoigawaNiigata Prefecture
Hiking the ancient Salt Road and experiencing local traditions in Itoigawa, where the Northern Alps meets the Sea of Japan.
Nanto, home of faith and woodcarvingToyama Prefecture
Visiting woodcraft artisans in Nanto-city, Toyoma to see their elaborate sculpture works and studios in the classical townscape.
Eating my way around Mount HakusanIshikawa Prefecture
Explore regional delicacies found around Mount Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture. Details to be announced.
Fifteen million autumns in MiyazuKyoto Prefecture
Joining a tour through the mountains of northern Kyoto Prefecture in search of fossilized leaves, fish and other creatures.
A different Kyoto - forestry in KeihokuKyoto Prefecture
Experience with local forestry workers to go deep into the forested mountains north of Kyoto.
Smoked bonito and other delicacies in Ise ShimaMie Prefecture
Trying our hand at making katsuobushi, dried bonito flakes, used widely in traditional Japanese cooking.
Ryujin Onsen, the mountain retreat of the daimyoWakayama Prefecture
Relaxing in the beautifying hot spring waters of historic Ryujin Onsen in the remote mountains of Wakayama Prefecture.
Wakame farming in NarutoTokushima Prefecture
Learning about wakame seaweed farming in Naruto, a city made famous by the tidal whirlpools which form in the nearby strait.
Ogijima, a small island with plenty of characterKagawa Prefecture
Exploring the narrow lanes of Ogijima Island's sleepy hillside fishing village.
The Kuniga Coast of the Oki IslandsShimane Prefecture
Discovering the sheer cliffs and rocky shores of Shimane's Oki Islands from both land and sea.
Shunan's industrial coastlineYamaguchi Prefecture
Joining an evening cruise along the illuminated refineries and factories that line the southern coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Toilets and robots in KitakyushuFukuoka Prefecture
Touring the Toto factory in Kitakyushu where the celebrated washlets and some of the world's most advanced toilets are being produced.
Okawachiyama, village of the secret kilnsSaga Prefecture
Exploring the traditional artisan village of Okawachiyama in Saga Prefecture, where Imari Porcelain has been produced for centuries.
Taketa - a story of waterOita Prefecture
A visit to Hakusui Dam, otherwise known as "the Queen of the Dams", a beautiful cascading waterfall in Taketa City, Oita.
Aoshima, island of the godsMiyazaki Prefecture
Checking out the devil's washboard coastline and a small shrine in the jungle interior of Miyazaki's small shrine island.
Sea kayaking in ZamamiOkinawa Prefecture
Exploring the deep blue waters around subtropical Okinawa's Zamami Island by sea kayak.