Manhole Monday: Shimoda

I mentioned it in Friday's post, but in case you missed it, Shimoda is one of my favorite small towns in Japan. It has an adorable little canal area and a pretty decent selection of restaurants. But most importantly, it has an indelible connection to American history. Recognize this? It's one of Commodore Matthew Perry's... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Towns Off the Beaten Track

Everybody's got a story about Tokyo. And many travelers follow a well-beaten path to the temples and shrines of Kyoto. Even smaller towns like¬†Takayama and Hakone attract more than their fair share of attention. But if you want a travel story that's a little bit different, check out these not-so-celebrated locales. They're definitely worth giving... Continue Reading →

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