Watery Wakkanai

I decided to stay in Wakkanai for a few nights and visit the twin islands Rebun & Rishiri. I was in for a nasty surprise. This nasty surprise I would quickly turn into a positive one. Wakkanai has enough sights to offer for a 2-3 nights stay, even without visiting…

Jozankei Onsen

The onsen in Japan is a special thing. Sure enough, people in other Asian countries do bathing in natural hot springs. But Japan raises to to a whole other level. The luxury, the humbleness, the beauty, and all the culture behind it. It's unique. It's just one of the things…

Otaru's railroad museum

I had already visited Sapporo for several days on my previous trips to Japan, so this time around it seemed odd to stay in Sapporo for 3 nights yet again. However, there's a daytrip that I planned but didn't get around to last time. So this time everything would fall…

Sendai is Tanabata

Glad to be in Sendai. It's a good place to be around the Tanabata festival. In a nutshell, two deities separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet once a year, and this event must be celebrated. Grandly so, I must say. First things first On the night before…

Matsushima Bay

Matsushima Bay is a treat. Do you like water? Do you like greenery? Do you like some culture? Then go! Okay, so Matsushima Bay is famous for its numerous islands. One of the islands, Fukuurajima, has been connected to the mainland via a long bridge that can be crossed on…

Yamadera Temple

Go to Yamadera, if not tomorrow then right now. Sendai is a good place to stay if you prefer staying in a big city. It is, after all, a very pretty temple. But we'll come to that. First, how to get there. The train, of course, a small local train…