Izu, Shizuoka – Hot Springs, Cool Beaches and a Warm Atmosphere

Sunday morning in late July and it was time to board The Superview Odoriko train from Yokohama station to Shimoda at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. It didn't take long to realize...

Journey in Japan Part 29: Swings and sound and boats

My hotel breakfast is of the ‘classic’ help-yourself-to-as-much-food-as-you-like style. Not wanting to look greedy, I grab a bowl of rice, some pickled cucumber, a pot of Nattō, a salad, and a couple of croissants. Nattō for...

Journey in Japan Part 28: The Other Side of the Tracks

I say goodbye to Nagoya after five days, three of which I felt I could have done a lot more with my time. I spend ¥1950 and two hours travelling. During the train ride I read over half...

Japanese Saké Brewery

Today I meet with Naoto, the English speaking organiser of a saké tour. I am the only person to sign up. Not wanting to waste his whole day, I ask whether we should still go on...