The route to the Japanese Alps (Kamikochi, Central Honshu, Japan) September 17th 2008 (Day 166 on the road) After finishing the trek on Hakkaido, I spent a couple of days in Asahi-dake onsen to relax. It was here where I also encountered my first heated (!) toilet seat. I could have never possibly imagined the mere existence of such a thing, but I guess if it was to be found anywhere, it had to be Japan.
From Hokkaido I made my way down south to the Northern Alps in Japan ... read more
Asia » Japan » Nagano In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Living the Dream - Ben travelled around the world - April 2008 until March 2011
In April 2008, I quit my fast-paced corporate job, sold most of my belongings, and left on a world trip - and never looked back. Starting in Berlin (Germany) and heading east, my journey would last for three years and took me across parts of Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Oceania, Central America and finally India, before returning home to Germany at the end of March 2011 after 1091 days on the road. It truly was a trip of a life-time, and the memories will stay with me forever.
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