Hiking from Kibune to Kurama

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

The hunt for ramen in Tokyo

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

Kunisaki peninsula: temples, woods and legends

Stone Buddhas and temples in the deep of the forest, the Kunisaki peninsula is an unforgettable and little known land. A destination not to be missed in a trip to Kyushu

Walking in Venice off the Beaten Path

Burano, Venice

Cannaregio, Giudecca and Burano, three places in Venice off the beaten path, where walking is beautiful.

Four reasons to love Kanazawa

Samurai, geisha, contemporary art, beautiful gardens and excellent cuisine. Kanazawa is worth a visit.

Cambodia: on a boat on the Tonle Sap lake

Traveling by boat from Siem Reap to Battambang, among the floating villages (in Cambodia)

Laos: hiking in the jungle

Rice fields as far as the eye can see in Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha, a walk in the primary forest of Nam Ha

A trip to Matsushima

Matsushima Bay

One of the great views of Japan. My trip to Matsushima bay

Three Temples on Lake Biwa: Konan Sanzan

A day trip from Kyoto, a trip among three beautiful, old temples south of lake Biwa, in Shiga-ken: Konan Sanzan

Tokyo: a stroll in Yanaka


Where Tokyo seems  a different city

A trip to Shiretoko


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

Among the plum blossoms in Mito

Japan, 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

Visiting Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

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

In the crowd at Takayama Autumn Festival

Takayama Matsuri

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

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

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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