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Fodor’s Travel – Essential Japan

In spring 2022 I spent several months traveling around Japan updating four chapters of the guidebook Essential Japan by Fodor’s Travel.

It was great to be back in Hokkaido, and introduce some of the amazing places to ski and snowboard, plus fantastic opportunities for wildlife watching.

Noboribetsu Date Jidai Mura (Historical viallge) Edo period theme park, Noboribetsu Onsen, Hokkaido, Japan

In Kyushu I had great experiences exploring the volcanic scenery of the island, and meeting some amazing people.

Head Priest Eishu Sato at the Amanoiwato Jinja, Shinto Shrine, Takachiho, Kyushu, Japan
A miko (巫女), or shrine maiden at Takachiho Shrine, a Shinto shrine amongst cedar trees, Takachiho, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan
Fujisaki-san, a master of Kagura the Shinto ritual performance telling the stoires of the gods. Wearing the white mask to perform The Dance of Tajikarao. Takachiho, Kyushu, Japan
Artist Yutaka Isozaki at his gallery in Yufuin, Oita, Kyushu, Japan
El Patio Ranch, Frontier Horses, Aso, Kumamoto Kyushu, Japan

My time in Western Honshu was when the cherry blossom was in full bloom, so many of the sights were looking particularly stunning.

Kintaikyo Bridge and Cherry Blossom, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Western Honshu, Japan
Motoyasu-gawa River, Hiroshima City, Western Honshu, Japan
Motoyasu-gawa River, cherry blossom, Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima City, Western Honshu, Japan
Himeji Castle with cherry blossom, Himeji, Hyogo, Hoshu, Japan

I’ve been updating the Okinawa chapter for numerous editions of the guidebook, but my daughter has given me new insights into what makes attractions, hotels, or beaches family friendly.

Updating the guidebook also revealed how tough the pandemic has been for many people and businesses. So many restaurants, bars, and even hotels had closed for good. As things return to (a new) normal I hope that everyone is able to get back on their feet once again.

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