October 15 2019


Holidaymakers visiting Japan from overseas qualify for some excellent deals for seeing the country by train.   Japan's train network is divided into 6 main regional JR (Japan Rail) companies, which operate the majority of the train servic READ MORE

September 25 2019


Every year in mid-September on the southernmost tip of Chiba, Tateyama holds its Yawatan Festival.   For several weeks, we had been getting excited about plans for revisiting the town, to enjoy yatai stall refreshments while watching mikoshi ( READ MORE

August 05 2019


I have nothing against rice.   Although I come from a time and place where children were raised on a daily diet of deep-fried potatoes and white bread - often together in the same meal - I have in later life taken great pleasure from other, mo READ MORE

July 29 2019


Awakening to the cool, refreshing summer air of Japan's northernmost island, myself and Jon - designated driver and chief photographer for this, our 'Hokkaido Road Trip' - stumbled out into a morning mist left by a night of restorative dri READ MORE

July 22 2019


I am a clumsy buffoon.   All the evidence - the plasters, the bandages, the hobbling gait - supports this confession. I am apparently unable to walk and think simultaneously.   Specifically, it seems that the further I take myself f READ MORE

July 01 2019


June's early summer sunshine supplied the perfect conditions to hit the Kanto countryside and revisit Tochigi.    Tochigi is a great little town that is easily accessible from Tokyo. Often overlooked by the crowds that gravitate towards N READ MORE


book image 'JAPAN - 100 HIDDEN TOWNS'

Japan – 100 Hidden Towns is a travel guidebook to Japan off-the-beaten-track – the lesser known towns, where quiet, bucolic ways of life, and proudly maintained local history and traditions can be found. 100 towns, selected from all of the country’s 47 prefectures, are reviewed with a focus on nature, culture, food, access, and key dates – each illustrated with colourful photographs. Information on each of Japan’s eight regions and their major tourist attractions, general advice for travellers, and listings of useful phrases are also provided, helping visitors to maximise the enjoyment of their travels. Over 400 pages of colour photographs and useful information.

ISBN : 9784905527497