Japan’s wonderful onsens

Chris Kavanagh Japan

What is a Japanese onsen? An onsen is hot spring, although the term is often extended to also describe the bathing facil…

Food Glorious Food

Chris Kavanagh Japan

Anyone who has hiked in Japan will tell you that a significant part of the experience is the food – and it will definite…

Why I love Kyoto

Chris Kavanagh Japan

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is a wonderful contrast between old and new, modern and traditional, energy and sere…

Kumano Kodo Accommodation

Chris Kavanagh Japan

On the Kumano Kodo we use a variety of accommodation from centrally located hotels in cities to traditional ryokans and…

Do I need a Japan Rail Pass?

Chris Kavanagh Japan

So you’re heading to Japan, all excited about your Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo Way trek…or perhaps still thinking abo…

The mystique of Koyasan

Chris Kavanagh Japan

Misty mountains, historic temples and an ancient cemetery make Koyasan a mystical and rewarding destination. The UNESCO…

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