The search for an elusive mountain

It was a long detour with only one goal; we wanted to see Mount Fuji. Whether it was worth the night bus to and from the area was something we would only find out by trying. In one of our more decisive moments we decided to just go for it. Mount Fuji (or Fujiyama or…

Kanazawa

It was now time for us to leave the Japanese alps behind and head closer to the sea for a change of scenery. The city of Kanazawa is located right at the coast of the japanese sea and a fairly big transport hub. Apart from being a tourist attraction itself it also serves as a…

Japanese Alps

We hopped on a bus from Tokyo to Matsumoto, ready to discover what the main Japanese island of Honshu has to offer. Three hours later, we arrived in the small city of Matsumoto which promised old style buildings and a castle. Our walk from the station to the castle took us through some of the…

Hakodate

Hakodate is Hokkaido’s southernmost city and connection point for Shinkansen to Tokyo and ferries to Honshu (Japan’s main Island). It took us most of the day to get there by two busses and one train. It could have been a lot easier and faster on the express train but without a rail pass also quite…