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We continue our 2,000km-highway bus trip across Japan this week. We started from Kagoshima and aim is to reach Aomori in six days, while clearing 20 cities along the way. So far, in three days, we have cleared eight cities.
On the third day, before taking the overnight bus to Kanazawa from Kyoto, we have a delicious meal at the Yamatomi restaurant. It serves local cuisine prepared with Kyoto vegetables and seasonal ingredients. Dishes include citrus sudachi and ponzu sauce with grilled matsutake mushrooms; steamed seasonal vegetables and ham; and fresh oyster soaked in vinegar. The double-decker bus to the ninth city of Kanazawa, called Hokuriku Dream Osaka, departs from Kyoto Station. It passes through Shiga prefecture and Fukui prefecture and heads towards the Sea of Japan. The journey to Kanazawa takes slightly over six hours and includes stopovers. At 5.45am, the bus arrives at Kanazawa Station. So on the third day of this highway bus adventure, we have travelled about 520km and cleared the cities of Takamatsu, Tokushima, Kyoto and Kanazawa. On the fourth day, we decide to go by highway bus to Chiriha
09 Apr 2014
Highway buses are a popular mode of transport in Japan. So this week, we will travel 2,000km by highway buses from Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu to Aomori. The challenge is to reach the goal in six days while making stopovers at 20 cities along the way.
02 Apr 2014
We continue our Gokutabi trips with experts this week. We next visit several hot springs in Kitashinano in winter. Our expert guide is Yumi Kim. From Obuse Station, drive to Shiga Highland and our first stop is Kumanoyu Onsen.
29 Mar 2014
This week, we embark on Gokutabi trips with various experts. For our first adventure, we will visit famous castles in the Tohoku area over two days.
22 Mar 2014
The sugoroku trip around Mt. Fuji continues as two teams of two men and two women race to the goal of Yamanaka Lake, while completing various challenges along the way.
15 Mar 2014
This week, two teams comprising two men and two women will embark on a sugoroku trip around Mt. Fuji. They will travel by bus and train and attempt to reach the goal of Yamanaka Lake. At each stop, the teams have to complete one of two missions to move ahead to the next place. The losing team will have to pay for the expenses incurred by the winning team, on top of their own costs!
08 Mar 2014
We continue our scenic train trips in autumn this week. After visiting Kaiko-en in Komoro, travel for 30 minutes to your inn for the night. Hishino Onsen, Tokiwa-kan was founded 100 years ago and is located near Mt. Asama. It exudes a relaxing ambience with its wooden interior and has Japanese-cum-Western-style rooms.
01 Mar 2014
Spectacular autumn views await us as we embark on scenic train trips this week. Our first train journey takes us to Shizuoka. We begin by travelling on the Tenryu Hamanako and Oigawa lines to Shinjohara Station, which is near Lake Hamana. Drop by the Yamayoshi eel shop at the station, opened by a Western-trained chef 23 years ago. It sells delicious hot and fresh eel bento.
22 Feb 2014
We continue our four-day hiking trip to famous mountains in Gunma.