Rather than post about Day 2 of our Summer Road, I’ll instead discuss the only place we visited that day. This is one of my most off-the-beaten-path posts so far. If you travel to Kyushu by car, I recommend a visit to Yutoku Inari Shrine (祐徳稲荷神社).
(The website can be found here.)
Staying at hostels in Japan is something else. Be warned…
I should not have worn my red flats. The weather turned foul.
My husband wanted to show a co-worker — recently hired from New Zealand — around Japan. We took him and his lovely girlfriend to Chichibu.
Bitter cold sent us huddling by the fire that night. During the day we got at an achingly beautiful view of Mt. Fuji, but we spend one of the of the last nights of 2017 drinking wine and toasting the coming year in a gorgeous Japanese pension.
You might be shocked to hear that castles in Japan aren’t like the ones in Europe.
What? Say it ain’t so! Continue reading
My husband and I share a love of travel. There is something about travel — the discovery of new — that makes my heart pick up and gives a euphoric feeling.
I’ll admit it. We’re both part of Travel Addicts Anonymous or TAA.
However, that is coupled with my husband’s love of driving and bam — you have the perfect combination. Some people go for massages to relax, but he goes for a drive in his “mistress” as I call his car. I’ll often find him out waxing and washing her. The man practically coos over his baby. Continue reading
We arrived at sunset to Hakodate, Hokkaido. The town is packed with tourists from all over asian. I heard more Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian than I did Japanese.
After driving off the ferry, we headed for food.
Hakodate has quite a history. It was one of the ports allowed to dock European ships after US Admiral Perry forced Japan to open the country using US gunboats. This gave Hakodate quite an international identity. They have embraced the curiosity of the world outside Japan and are quite proud of their international heritage. Continue reading
This year the Golden Week Holidays in Japan fell perfectly, in a way that gave my husband and others an unusually long holiday. So we packed our bags and went for a driven.
Normally, we go west, in the direction of Kyoto, like the rest of Japan, but this year we decided to go north, to Hokkaido.
The roads were so open and free, it was difficult to believe it was Golden Week. We zipped up and made our first stop at this city. Can you guess by the pictures where these were taken?
I know a place where you can eat all the ice cream you want for free.
It’s in Yamanshi Prefecture, a place we visited this past weekend. The tour begins here through the dark, dark woods. It’s like you’re entering a fairy tale, except instead of a candy house, it’s a candy factory!
Hansel and Gretel visit the factory