Photo of the day: the path of philosophy, Kyoto

A friendly witch and her husband on a roof overlooking the path of philosphy in Kyoto. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: festivals of Japan

It starts to get dark when hundreds of people gather at the Yasaka-jinja, the guardian shrine of the famous Gion neighbourhood in Kyoto. Keep traveling

Photo of the day: Hiroshima atomic bomb dome

A sparrow rests on the ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building was one of the very few that remained standing after the “Little Boy” atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. wiping out the complete city. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Fukuoka by night, Japan

Our first neon experience in Japan: Fukuoka, the sixth largest city of the country Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: drumming at a summer festival, Shikoku

Festivals are very popular in Japan. There are many taking place during the summer months, and it is frequent to stumble upon these festivities while driving through the islands. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: The kimono procession at the Shikokuchuo festival, Japan

Festivals are very popular in Japan, and there are many taking place during the summer months. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: ema from Kawai shrine, Kyoto

An ema is a small wooden board that can be bought at a shrine: write your wishes on the back side and hang it so that the kami enshrined at that specific place of worship will read it and make it come true. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Hell’s kitchen, Beppu

Taking advantage of the hot springs offered by the volcanoes, you can indulge yourself in the onsens and rotemburos of Beppu. Another fun way Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: butterfly in Glover Garden, Nagasaki

Black butterfly feeding on an agapanthus in Glover garden, a beautiful garden overlooking the bay of Nagasaki, Kuyshu. Keep traveling

Photo of the day: badger on Mount Aso’s green slopes

While hiking along the slopes of Mount Aso, this curious badger decided to play hide and seek with us. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: the smokes of Beppu, Kyushu

Beppu is the second hot spring district in the world after Yellowstone Keep traveling!

Photo of day: lucky charms at Aoshima Shrine, Kyushu

Whether singles, young or married couples, they visit the Aoshima shrine and tie lucky charms around a tree to Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Tōdai-ji, Nara

Visiting the Tōdai-ji Buddhist temple in Nara, one can admire the Daibutsu (or giant Buddha). Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: a lonely fisherman on Shikoku

A fisherman early in the morning in Saijo, Shikoku. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Onami crater lake, a run around the top of the volcano

Part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park, the Ebino Kogen plateau is surrounded by volcanoes and lush forests. After a challenging trail run from the high lands at roughly 1200m, Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Daikaku-ji, Sapporo

Another unexpected temple, this time, walking downtown Sapporo, Hokkaido. We tend to miss Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: the Blue Pond

According to many travel guide books, Biei is the second best to a trip to Southern France for the Japanese who wouldn’t have the time, nor the money to get there! It was funny for us to bike among gentle hills, sunflower fields, lavenders along patchwork road and panorama road. Keep traveling!

Movie of the day: wild salmons of Hokkaido

We were extremely lucky to witness an amazing show of wild salmons Keep reading

Photo of the day: Aoshima island shrine

Aoshima-jinja is a famous Shinto shrine because of its location on the sacred Aoshima island and the fact that it is dedicated to marriage. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Alpine flowers of Japan

Colourful flowers while hiking in the Japanese AlpsKeep traveling!

Photo of the day: an unexpected guest!

Taking a bath in the rotemburo (hot spring), we were visited by this big guy that seemed to enjoy the warm volcanic stones! Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Tsukiji fish market

6:15am, Saturday morning. As every morning, ready to serve breakfast to the hard-workers of the Tsukiji fish market, and a few curious spectators back from the early tuna auction. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Tokyo by night

View from the 35th floor bar of the ANA Intercontinental hotel in Roppongi, Tokyo. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: the exhilarating Daikiretto

From a mountain hut at more than 3000m (9000ft), with no showers, but the wireless Internet! Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Iwayaji, Shikoku

On our way to Iwayaji temple, one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: the Usuki stone Buddhas

Carved between the 8th and the 12th century, the 59 Usuki stone Buddhas are a truly magnificent national treasure of Japan. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Kurokawa onsen

Spending a full day checking out some of the 24 onsens of Kurokawa (natural hot springs turned into spa), a beautiful village in the mountains of Kyushu. Keep traveling!

Photo of the day: Nagasaki

Nagasaki is in all history books: on August 9, 1945, the “fat man” atomic bomb was dropped by the B-29 Superfortress Bockscar destroying the city, killing Keep traveling

Photo of the day: Japanese Sushiya

We experienced our first Japanese sushis in a small family-run sushiya (restaurant specialized in sushis) in a side street in Nagasaki: eating delicious sushis which melted on our tongues, served by Keep traveling

Photo of the day: Wakamiya Inari Shrine in Nagasaki, Japan

After visiting the atomic bomb memorial, it felt good to spend some time at one of the many shrines in Nagasaki on which we came across unexpectedly at the corner of a staircase or narrow street. Keep traveling!