Tag Archives: traditional Japan

June 30

Making soba noodles

Fresh soba noodles – one of Japan’s finest culinary delights.   Advertisements

April 28

Kyoto at its most beautiful – Cherry blossom season, 2015

February 17

Sake and Shrines – Fushimi, Kyoto

In the southern Kyoto suburb of Fushimi, sake breweries stand alongside the world famous Fushimi Inari Taisha, the head Inari Shinto Shrine in Japan. This shrine was made famous globally after featuring as a location in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

January 27

A White New Year

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 […]

December 09

Japan’s best garden by night – Kenrokuen, Kanazawa.

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November 11

Shirakawago – Japan’s ‘hidden’ mountain villages

Cut off from the world for centuries by formidable mountain ranges and harsh winters, the tiny villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama have managed to hang on to their traditional way of life into the 21st century. Today, these villages are the only places in all of Japan where the traditional ‘gassho style’ farm houses still […]

September 02

Abandoned?

A seemingly abandoned temple in rurual Ishikawa Prefecture.  Though there is a caretaker attached to the Shinto shrine next door, it is quite some time since this vast complex was a functioning temple.  Everything, including the purpose-built hotel on the grounds, stands empty and oddly silent.  

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 […]