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Reports from the North Route
November 2, 2013 (Day 30)
This Itoigawa walk marks the end of my We Love Japan Tour adventure. We were a good sized group this morning... read all
November 1, 2013 (Day 29)
Snow Monkeys
Yesterday evening after a great meal, I took one last dip, but this time it was in Biyunoyadofs rooftop onsen. You have to ask for the key at the front desk... read all
October 31, 2013 (Day 28)
Kusatsu to Yudanaka
Yesterday evening I went for a stroll through Kusatsu onsen in the dark. Itfs a very atmospheric place by day, so I thought that at night it might be nice as well - which it was... read all
October 30, 2013 (Day 27)
Kusatsu Onsen
Today after nice pancakes for breakfast at Yoshinoya Ryokan in Kusatsu Onsen, I took the bus up to the top of Mount Shirane, an active volcano on the outskirts of town... read all
October 29, 2013 (Day 26)
Romantic road to Kusatsu
After breakfast I went to visit a place near the hotel with a lot of Jiso statues. The place is called Bake Jiso because according to the legend, if you count the Jiso statues... read all
October 28, 2013 (Day 25)
It seems that as my journey goes by, the better the breakfasts become. Such a treat, after wholegrain bread in Ishinomaki, here at Turtle Inn in Nikko I had brown bread this morning... read all
October 27, 2013 (Day 24)
Aizu-Wakamatsu to Nikko
I was really sad to leave Morihime Noen and Chie-san this morning. I really had a lovely time time there. The food was delicious... read all
October 26, 2013 (Day 23)
I woke up this morning surrounded by the beautiful fields of Kitakatafs countryside at Morihime Noen, a little farm/B&B where I am staying tonight as well... read all
October 25, 2013 (Day 22)
A day of treats in Kitakata
Today I left Kirakuya Inn quite early and headed for the small town of Kitakata on my way to Aizu Wakamatsu. It is a very cute little town with a lot of old buildings... read all
October 24, 2013 (Day 21)
This morning I woke up nice and early and had a good breakfast - although no toast - at Kirakuya ryokan and then drove with Sugimoto-san to the mountains, about an hour away from the village in which Ifm staying... read all
October 23, 2013 (Day 20)
Ishinomaki to Fukushima
After such a difficult but interesting day in Ishinomaki it was nice to have a good evening to look forward to. First of all, I had a great dinner, including whale sashimi... read all
October 22, 2013 (Day 19)
In Ishinomaki Ifm staying at Kikuchi Ryokan, which is probably one of the friendliest places Ifve stayed in Japan. Yesterday evening we had a great home cooked meal... read all
October 21, 2013 (Day 18)
Through ghost towns to Ishinomaki
Today was another one of these extraordinary days on the Sanriku Coast. You wake up in a nice ryokan after a fun evening drinking Turkish beer (yes - Turkish beer in Japan!) in Hiraizumi... read all
October 20, 2013 (Day 17)
Today we started off at Hiraizumi station. Unfortunately it was raining quite a lot, but anyway... At the station I met my first fellow walker of the day... read all
October 19, 2013 (Day 16)
From Miyako into a picture book
After a great onsen, a good night sleep and toast for breakfast for the second day in a row (thatfs right - no rice, proper bread! And jam!) I left the Jodogahama Park Hotel... read all
October 18, 2013 (Day 15)
Sanriku Coast
After a great night at Jodogaham Park Hotel, complete with lovely sunset, walk on the beach and outdoor onsen today I had a very interesting day... read all
October 17, 2013 (Day 14)
Beautiful coastline but mixed feelings
This morning I left Oirase and Oirase Keiryu hotel for the coast. It was a three hour drive so I decided to stop on the way, in Towada city, and visit the Towada Art Center... read all
October 16, 2013 (Day 13)
Oirase Stream
This morning, I woke up to the heavy rains of typhoon Wipha. Thankfully, except it being a very rainy day and the walk being canceled, we didnft have any problems. Yesterday, knowing what the weather would be like, I went for a walk along read all
October 15, 2013 (Day 12)
On the way to Lake Towada - great autumn colours and noxious fumes
Today I left the Mutsu Grand Hotel and drove for about 3 hours to the top of Oirase stream where I will be staying for two nights, at Oirase Keiryu hotel... read all
October 14, 2013 (Day 11)
As I write this, Ifm gazing out of my window at the Mutsu Grand Hotel and taking in the sunset over the town and the mountains beyond. Just to make sure you keep on... read all
October 13, 2013 (Day 10)
Bye bye Hokkaido
After a very good breakfast I headed off to downtown Hakodate where I explored the morning market. Itfs essentially a fish and seafood market... read all
October 12, 2013 (Day 9)
Onuma Park
Yesterday I spent the night at Hotel Banso in Hakodate, a great onsen hotel. The baths are huge and were exactly what I needed after a rainy day driving... read all
October 11, 2013 (Day 8)
Very rainy road trip
Yesterday I had a great evening with the owners of Kawanami, Mr and Mrs Kawaminami. beautiful live piano, a couple of bottles of wine, discussions with two vulcanologists or ghost stories and Celtic philosophy with Mr. Kawaminami... read all
October 10, 2013 (Day 7)
Lake Toya
This morning, after breakfast, I went to the start point of the hike, at Toya station, where I met my little walking group... read all
October 9, 2013 (Day 6)
Bear alert!
Today I left Sapporo and headed South to Lake Toya. I only tok the highway for half the journey because I wanted to go and see lake Shikotsu on the way... read all
October 8, 2013 (Day 5)
After a great yakitori dinner in Sapporo and a very restful night in Tokeidai Hotel, I took a taxi this morning to Moerenuma park, on the outskirts of Sapporo, where I was to walk from, to the entertainment district of Susukino, in downtown read all
October 7, 2013 (Day 4)
The other side of Biei - or how to hike up a volcano in 2 hours
Today I decided to make a bit of a detour on my way to Sapporo to go and visit a couple of places I had been recommended. I first headed to the gBlue pondh (Aoi Ike), 15 minutes outside of Biei on the road to Shirogane Onsen. read all
October 6, 2013 (Day 3)
After so much driving yesterday, it was nice to stay in such peaceful and beautiful place like Kizuna Pension, in Kamifurano. When I woke up, mist was still covering the mountains... read all
October 5, 2013 (Day 2)
From the northern coast to mountain peaks; in ever-changing autumn landscapes
After an amazing seafood dinner and fun karaoke session in Wakkanai, I woke up at 6am today to drive the 300 km that separate Wakkanai and Biei... read all
October 4, 2013 (Day 1)
Cape Soya
Today is the first walking day of the 2013 We Love Japan Tour. This morning, I set off from the Sun Hotel Wakkanai where I am staying, to Cape Soya... read all
October 2, 2013
We Love Japan Tour 2013 Kick-off Celebration
After months of planning and preparation, the We Love Japan Tour 2013 is finally upon us. Tonight, the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo hosted the "We Love Japan Tour 2013 Kick-off Celebration" to introduce the tour's two travel bloggers to... read all

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