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Tokyo: a stroll in Yanaka

Where Tokyo seems  a different city

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A trip to Shiretoko

Rugged mountains, volcanoes, hot waterfalls. And then bears and whales: a corner of wild and surprising Japan: Shiretoko National Park

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Hiking from Kibune to Kurama

Temples, forests, onsens, Buddhist cuisine: here is one of the reasons you should stay a few days in Kyoto to explore the surroundings of the ancient capital. My hike from Kibune to Kurama

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Among the plum blossoms in Mito

An early hanami in February: a daytrip from Tokyo to Mito to see the plum blossoms at Kairakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

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Visiting Himeji Castle

Visiting Himeji castle, the most famous (and beautiful) in Japan

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In the crowd at Takayama Autumn Festival

Back to the mountains for the amazing October Hachiman Matsuri in Takayama

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Taketomi, Okinawa

,A trip to Taketomi, at the margins of the Ishigaki archipelago, in Okinawa. An excerpt from my book, on a completely different Japan

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The hunt for ramen in Tokyo

A few restaurants I like, personally tested: eating ramen in Tokyo

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In the South of Crete: the beaches of Triopetra

Exploring the beaches of Crete. A few days in Rethymno province around Triopetra and Agios Pavlos.

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A guide to the Japan Rail Pass

The rail pass almost essential for travel in Japan, step by step. A guide to the Japan Rail pass

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