An Almost Perfect Day in Izu

The Izu peninsula is one of, if not, my favorite place in Japan. When I saw that ITT was offering a tour to hike along the coast and then visit a temple I’ve wanted to see,  I figured it would be the perfect way to celebrate the first day of fall.  I was excited to … Continue reading An Almost Perfect Day in Izu


One Ninja Step at a Time

Will, as always, was very excited about our current getaway.  On the way there, he told us he had a "great idea" that we should call this weekend away a “Family Trip" since the whole family, including the dogs, was off to Nagano. Nagano was made famous during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Besides abundant winter … Continue reading One Ninja Step at a Time

Thriving during Golden Week

April 29 – May 7, 2017 Golden Week is a series of Japanese holidays that occur close together from the end of April through the beginning of May. Many people take off an additional day or two so they have an entire week of vacation. In our orientation to Japan, we were warned this holiday … Continue reading Thriving during Golden Week

99 Hours in Japan

MONDAY I'd been saving the Hakone Round Course tour (a day long circuit of scenic Hakone mountain utilizing rail, cable cars, ropeway, a boat, and buses) until we had visitors. When Breeann and Liam asked if they could visit us for a few days before Christmas, I knew I wanted to add this to the … Continue reading 99 Hours in Japan


Fuji Five Lakes, Japan We'd originally planned on spending Thanksgiving in the Fuji Five Lakes area. However, the weather forecast included rain and snow (which we even got at our house) so we canceled our trip. I was looking at the weather a week ago and realized the upcoming weekend could be absolutely fantastic. I … Continue reading Viewpoint

On the Ancient Path

Wakayama, Japan Fall Trip Part 2 FRIDAY Since we'd accomplished all our Kyoto goals, I'd hoped to get an early start for Wakayama prefecture on Friday morning. We were taking the train to Nara, picking up a rental car and then stopping to explore in Shirahama before arriving in Nachikatsuura. Mike had gone out the … Continue reading On the Ancient Path