Tag Archives: historical Japan

February 12

Takayama – A glimpse into Edo Japan high in the Alps.

Seven years after my first visit, Takayama is just as cold as I remember.  The heart of this mountain town is the preserved merchant houses of the old town dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868).  Today, these streets are filled wit sake breweries, local artisan shops and food stalls.

March 05

Samurai Road

Seki’s not a place you’ll hear about in any foreign tourist magazine. But given its history, it should be front and centre, for in this little slice of Japan time seems to have barely moved in almost 400 years. Seki (関), in Mie Prefecture, was once the 47th ‘post town’ along the Tōkaidō, the historical route […]