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Bedroom at our Ryokan  
   

Bedroom at our Ryokan

In Kanagawa, we experienced our first ryokan this trip. Those featherbeds are wonderful in the cold nights!
WESTERN JAPAN

April 3rd 2017
We left Tokyo on the Shinkanzen (high-speed train), heading to the west coast over the mountains that extend the length of Honshu, the main island. Within 60 minutes of Tokyo, we were in the “Alps” and passing ski resorts, still in business. The west coast of Japan gets “lake effect” snow from the Sea of Japan and cold winds that blow from Korea. Before we started our trip, we’d sent ... read more
Asia » Japan » Gifu » Takayama

Japanese Flag 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
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