Japan’s Peaceful Onsen Village in Lake Toya, Hokkaido

Lake Toya is in proximity to Noboribetsu, "the valley of Hell", in the most northern island of Japan, Hokkaido.  Lake Toya is a surprisingly nice little town to spend a night or two in. The main sight is the caldera lake, which has Nakajima Island in the middle, home to the Lake Forest Museum, reachable … Continue reading Japan’s Peaceful Onsen Village in Lake Toya, Hokkaido

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The 1,000 year old Meditative Trail through Japan’s Less Traveled

As exhilarating and exciting as Tokyo is, after some months I was yearning for some real nature. I wanted to go someplace different. I decided to head over to South-West Honshu and follow the foot-steps of the Buddhist monks before me. I would hike the Kumano Kodo trail for 2 and a half days. The … Continue reading The 1,000 year old Meditative Trail through Japan’s Less Traveled