It’s been just over a week since we returned from the UK. Flying back into Japan was a nightmare. If you’re coming back any time soon – especially into Narita or Haneda – stay calm and remember, it’s not always going to be like this. Well, fingers crossed.
Toyoura Bay, Kihoku
Kihoku and Minami Ise, on the Kii Peninsula, were regular destinations back in 2013. I had planned to do a photo project on the people and region but the plan fizzled out and got pushed aside. That was a mistake.
Hiking to Ashihama
Ashihama remains wild and isolated. You can hear the deer, see the eagles soaring above, and see telltale signs of wild boar everywhere. If Chubu Electric had had their way then it would be the site of a nuclear power plant today.
Ise Grand Shrine
Taking a detour to Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮) recently on the way to Koyasan in Wakayama prefecture was a delight. Once again visitors were few which meant more time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Tōkaidō – Walking in Kuwana
These little day trips are proving to be just the ticket. A dip into history, a new corner of Japan, and exercise to boot. Being fairly central, I get to choose.
Hiking: Mie Coast – Mt. Tsubonegachō – Mt Hoppō
This was a good hike. Starting at sea level and climbing up to 310m to the summit of Mt. Tsubonegachō (局ヶ頂) it had deserted beaches, solid climbs, wonderful views along the Mie coast, and an encounter with a wild boar. Sketchy in a few places due to being right on the cliff edge it wasn’t…
Walking: The Ise-ji from Takihara to Kii Nagashima
Inspired, I decided to take a walk. Takihara to Kii Nagashima, in Mie prefecture is a mere blip on a map but enough of a challenge to test a walking novice’s resolve.
Japan hasn’t been forced into self-isolation yet which honestly is quite worrying. Why is the rest of the world locking its doors while Japan isn’t?