I was wearing Nike runners when we got to the top of the Japanese Alps. A lot of the ground was still snowed in and I had the worst time trying to trek on the uneven, sloping snow, which in areas had become packed solid and in others it was soft as powder. I have a fear of falling in the snow... So when we got to the solid concrete path I was more than happy, as you can see. 😬
Arriving in Tsumago after an 8km walk through forest and hills on what was once a route connecting Tokyo to Kyoto in Edo-period Japan. The Nakasendo (central mountain route). Many stretches of this trail remain in their original form!
Onomichi cycling, Japan
Yokohama, less than half hour south of Tokyo. Second largest city in Japan by population, but you would never guess it. It's the location of a film I love, called From Up On Poppy Hill. It's a bay & port town and one of the first to be open for international trade in 1859. Since then Yokohama has been the city to have the first train, first dress shop and first ice cream. Western buildings housed foreign officials, sleepy hills are dotted with beautiful flower shops and French bakeries. A main shopping district has large international luxury stores sitting beside local high street stores. It's a bustling town but also full of nature, peace and calm. If you're ever in Tokyo for one too many days, escape to this beautiful place!
Shirakawa-go village. Japan