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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ⑤

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ⑤

Ainu Artist ‘Bikki’ – Sculptor Village of Otoineppu, known to be the smallest village in Hokkaido, located in the northern district. The village name Otoineppu means ‘muddy river mouth’ in Ainu language, possibly designated from the Teshio River which flows through the village of Otoineppu. Here we visited the Eco Museum Osashima Center, the home of […]

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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ④

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ④

Along the west coast of Hokkaido, a unique geographical pawn shape strip stretches out into the peninsula, ‘the Notsuke Peninsula‘.  That day we visited this area (late September), the heavy clouds and the grey sky with occasional rain showers enhanced its desolate terrain, scarecrow-like forest formed from the strong gust of winds from the ocean.  The […]

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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ③

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ③

 ‘Camping-car’ cooking is another fun activity during the road trip.  Although the camping-car comes equipped with a microwave oven but then not being a microwave fanatic (never was and most likely never will), I decided to purchase an ‘electric pressure cooker’ and see if this to be a convenient method of outdoor cooking during the […]

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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ②

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ②

Outdoor camping and a camping-car journey offhand seem to be similar but the momentum of it’s  activity is incomparably different.  Our last trip to Hokkaido was in 2014 – six years ago. We (more or less my partner) was an avid outdoor camper and we would bring all our camping gear – tent, sleeping bags […]

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Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ①

Hokkaido Camping Car Travelogue | 北海道への旅 2020 ①

My sincere apologies for readers to find that my site has been down for almost two weeks during our road trip, to Hokkaido, the furthest north island of Japan. A camping-car trip is an annual event of ours but this year uncertain with an unpredictable degree of spread of the pandemic until the very last […]

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Maezawa Hamlet of Magariya |前沢曲家集落

Maezawa Hamlet of Magariya |前沢曲家集落

We all have a choice in life. When the world buzz with the digital technology and speed of life, the village of ‘Maezawa Hamlet of Magaria‘ choose to follow their ancestors’ way of life, treasuring to remain basic, tranquil and simple. It is an unspoiled scenery, not much left in the world around us. 紅葉も終わりを告げる頃、南会津に「前沢曲家集落」に行ってきました。山深くに立ち並ぶ「前沢曲家集落」。12月には深い雪に覆われ、周囲の道路が閉鎖されるため、この集落は4月〜11月しか観光客を迎え入れていません。我々の行った11月半ばも丁度、集落を閉鎖した数日後でしたが集落の日常の静かな人々の暮らしを見ることができました。 […]

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Foliage season in Japan....Autumn | 紅葉の秋

Foliage season in Japan….Autumn | 紅葉の秋

Autumn and it’s foliage is one of the best recommended seasons to visit Japan. Unbelievable to think that Japan is the around the same size as California but Japanese islands are covered by mountains, mostly heavily forested, and crisscrossed by short, swift rivers. Making our autumn foliage quite spectacular. A rainbow seen over ‘Suwa Lake‘ […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ⑤

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ⑤

Having spent overnight at Wajima, our trip takes on the final course of the western side of the Noto Peninsula. The coastal road, winding, trailing along a spectacular ocean view arriving at a small fisherman village, Osawa. 昨晩は輪島に停泊し、旅もそろそろ終盤に差し掛かります。能登半島の西側を走ります。海岸線を30分ほど絶景の日本海を見下ろしながら走ると「大沢 間垣の里」に到着します。 大沢 間垣の里|Osawa Magaki-no-Sato ‘Magaki’, a fence that consists of cracked bamboo, it’s height of about 5m to protect […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ④

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ④

Leaving Suzu City along the coastal road to the ‘Rokkosan Lighthouse’. A white lighthouse built by an Englishman in the Meiji era (1868 ~ 1912). The lighthouse at the tip of Noto Peninsula, the point of contact between Sotoura and Uchiura. This cape famous for being able to see “the rising sun from the sea […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ③

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ③

Third Day. | 3日目。 Generally speaking, the climate in Japan during autumn is (was?) expected to be the most beautiful, ending the typhoon season but again we’ve been experiencing increasing number of ‘strong’ typhoons even until late fall and this year the same. However stunning weather welcomes us on this third day. 秋は空高く秋晴れの日が多いと言われているのもここ数年覆されています。毎年この時期にキャンピングカー旅行を遂行しているので毎年の秋の天気は記憶に残ります。台風の隙間のような日程ですが3日目にして素晴らしい天気に恵まれ、能登半島の周遊の旅が始まります。 Leaving our overnight rest […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ②

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ②

Second Day. |2日目。 While breakfast is being prepared, my husband plans the route for the day. 車内で簡単な朝食を待つ間に主人と菜々は天気も考慮しながら、今日の道のりを決めます。 Our friend and our third passenger will be joining us at Nagaoka on an early shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, thus arriving at the station quite early having had time to browse around Nagaoka station to encounter a […]

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to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ①

to Noto..Camping Car Travelogue | 能登半島への旅 ①

Just after England defeated the ‘All Blacks’ in the RWC, simultaneously the country was hit by a catastrophic Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon #19), luckily we managed to depart to our annual camping car voyage. This year to the Noto Peninsula which projects about 100 kms into the Northern Sea from Ishikawa Prefecture, an approximate 470 kilometers […]

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