Spotlight: Kamikochi (Japan Alps)

My first year in Japan, I eagerly awaited the first three-day weekend on the Japanese calendar. For us, it happened to fall in mid-September and immediately, the wheels started turning. Japan is known for its stunning displays of autumnal color and I was determined to get us a front row seat. One of the best... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Matsumoto Castle

The medieval gem of Himeji castle is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration and the remains of Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace) aren't really all that interesting, in my opinion. So where should a traveler go for a good castle experience in Japan? Head for the hills - of Nagano Prefecture, that is - and... Continue Reading →

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