Near the mountains in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, lie two sites of quite different flower power. The Tsubaki Shrine (椿大神社), whose name means camellia shrine, is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, while the Suzuka Forest Park (鈴鹿森園) is a explosion of glorious pink blossoms every March as 200 weeping plum trees herald spring’s […]
There’s just something magically timeless about a traditional Japanese garden blanketed in heavy snow. With the new shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo commencing services this weekend, this garden will be just 2.5hrs from Toyko!
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.
The towns along the Sea of Japan around Fukui and Kanazawa welcomed in 2015 with more than enough fresh snow. Happy Year of the Sheep everyone! Look forward to plenty more posts this year on Inaka Biking now that I’m back on deck with a new laptop after my faithful Sony Vaio Z decided to […]