Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan written by Alex Kerr owner of Chiori Trust in Shikoku
米塚、阿蘇 Komezuka, Aso
Hinaogi of the Daikokuya - Utagawa Sadatora
Soaking up the very best of Wakayama's hot springs
Unlike other prefectures in Japan, Wakayama’s hot springs aren’t the result of volcanic activity. Rather, it’s believed that a fissure in the tectonic plates under the Kii Peninsula results in geothermal reactions. In Kawayu, locals have put this unique occurrence to good use by creating a massive rotenburo (open-air bath) on the banks of the Ohtou every winter.
Is this the world's most unusual rafting experience?
On this Japanese river, riders rush down rapids on narrow wooden rafts -- while standing up
Shikoku Pilgrimage, JAPAN – This is a 750 mile long trek that takes you to 88 Buddhist temples on the island of Shikoku. It takes anywhere from 30 – 60 days to complete. This trail is 1,200 years old and today, of the 200,000 people or so each year that complete the pilgrimage, only a few thousand do it on foot.
World's best unknown hike: Japan's Kumano Kodo
Map: Nakahechi Route, Kumano Kodo
the one and only cobalt blue onsen in Yufuin, Japan. must must must.