Spring in Kanazawa

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
After days of traveling to and from various small towns and villages, I finally arrived at a big city – Kanazawa – the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Before my visit, I had heard that it is a historical and picturesque city which has been nicknamed 'Little Kyoto'. Although like Kyoto, the city [...]

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Eiheiji Temple & Zen Master Dogen

Posted on October 14, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
A large 13th century temple complex located in rural Fukai is considered to be an important pilgrimage site by most Soto Zen practitioners (including Steve Jobs), and this temple is Eiheiji, founded by Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) in 1244.
I had been interested in Buddhism since I was in my early 20s, but I [...]

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Echizen Washi Village

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The JR Johana Line in Toyama and the poster for the Belles montagnes et mer sightseeing train
 
When foreign visitors think of Japanese railway, the first thing they think of is likely to be the sleek Bullet train/ Shinkansen. As much as I appreciate them, I have a particular soft spot for [...]

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Ainokura & Gokayama washi

Posted on October 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Unlike Shirakawa-go in the Gifu prefecture, the remote Gokayama region in the Toyama prefecture is exempt from big bus tourism and seems to attrach more independent travelers. Even though the two areas are both declared as UNESCO world heritage sites, they are located in two different prefectures, and I have a feeling [...]

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Can Shirakawa-go survive from over-tourism?

Posted on October 3, 2018 by Toothpicker

Breathtaking scenery from the bus journey
 
Over-tourism is now a global problem, and it becomes more problematic when a historic and tranquil village is suddenly listed as an Unesco World Heritage Site. While many governments endeavour to get their country's famous sightseeing sites listed in order to generate tourism and income, they are [...]

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Higashiyama Walking Course in Takayama

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Since my ryokan was located near the former site of Takayama Castle (Shiroyama Park), I was able to enjoy a tranquil stroll along the Higashiyama Walking Course before I left the city. Unlike the busy city centre, I hardly saw anyone as I walked past various temples and shrines, as well as [...]

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Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

The view of the city from my room in the morning
 
I am not sure if it was due to the weather or flocks of tourists, but I was slightly disappointed with Takayama city centre after spending an afternoon walking around. Luckily, I woke up the next day and the clouds have cleared [...]

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24 hours in Hida Takayama

Posted on September 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery of the mountains during the train journey to Takayama
 
Even though I am familiar with unpredictable weather, I wasn't fully prepared for the fluctuation of temperatures and weather while traveling around Japan. For the first 10 days of my trip in the Kansai region, I experienced exceptional warm and sunny weather [...]

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Mino washi museum & Akari Art Gallery

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
One of places I wanted to visit in Mino was the Mino washi museum. Yet the museum is located about half an hour's drive from the town centre, and there are no buses that could get me there. After enquiring at the tourist office (inside a washi paper stationery shop), the [...]

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Hotel Baison in Mino

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I was planning my trip to Mino, I struggled initially to find an accommodation in the town centre. I was quite perplexed by this, and so I started to check on google map. Eventually, I found a hotel called Baison, but apart from the location, I could not find the website [...]

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