Japan food series – Bento, the convenient and tasteful Japanese boxed-meal

The Tokyo station is a crazy maze! Japanese people walk around like ants, workers in Keep reading

Japan food series – Sushi

As we have demonstrated it by now in our Japan food series, it is not all about sushi’s! But a trip to Japan without trying a sushiya would be incomplete! Keep reading

Japan food series – Kaiseki

A true dining experience (comparable with Michelin-star restaurants), haute cuisine and the crème de la crème of Japanese food, serving, atmosphere and presentation: kaiseki is a must for Keep reading

Japan food series – Tempura

Tsunahachi in Shinjuku, Tokyo has been serving one of the finest tempura in the capital for almost a century. We had to try it! Keep reading

Japan food series – Tonkatsu

It is dark outside when we arrive in front of the sliding doors of a tiny restaurant in the centre of Takayama. Keep reading

Japan food series – Yakitori

Ozu, Shikoku, 9PM on a Saturday night. A green cotton fabric outside the door of a small shack and a Japanese paper lantern. We get in. Keep reading

Japanese food series – Ramen noodles

We have a love & hate relationship with ramen noodles! Keep reading

Japan food series – Soba noodles

While noodles are often associated with cheap ramens for students, we have discovered a wide variety of them in Japan. They come in three kinds: ramen of course, but also Keep reading

Japan food series – Yatai

Street food is not that common in Japan: yatai or food stalls popping up in the evening Keep reading

Hiking up a sacred summit of Shikoku: Ishizuchi san

Arriving on Shikoku we drive inland, as one of our main reasons to visit the island is to hike up the sacred Mount Ishizuchi. We pitch our tent on a completely lost campsite next to a beautiful river in the scenic Ogomei gorge, a perfect spot to start the ascent early the next day. Keep reading

Road trip on the island of Shikoku, Japan

5:26AM, we are disembarking from the ferry in Yawatahama, Shikoku from Beppu, Kyushu.

The road to Matsuyama is squeezed between the turquoise waters of the Seto Inland Sea Keep traveling!

Cormorant-fishing (ukai) in Ozu, Shikoku: witnessing a rare tradition

The setting sun colours the islands of the Inland Sea as we drive along the northern Shikoku coastline towards the ferry terminal. It is our last day on Shikoku after a week of adventures. On our way to the ferry, we drive via Ozu to try to get a glimpse of cormorant fishing on the Hijikawa river. This traditional way of fishing, Keep traveling!

Thrilling river crossing: vine bridges, Shikoku, Japan

When the Heike clan lost the Shido-no-Ura battle in the 13th century, they were forced to Keep traveling!