Onomichi to Imabari & New Years in Tokushima- A Road trip off Japan’s Beaten Path

After spending the day exploring UNESCO’s Iwami Ginzan silver mine we piled back in the car and drove to Onomichi.  The plan was to drive across the famous Shimanami Kaido bridge.  Truth is the bridge is a series of 10 bridges and among them is the world’s longest series of suspension bridges, and the world’s second Read More …

Matsue, Japan – A road trip off the beaten path

After Matsuyama Andrew and I drove through Kochi to pick up his buddy David (a Welshman) before driving north to pick up Tobias (a Kiwi) in Okayama rounding out our international group at 4 so we could drive to Matsue.  The drive across Shikoku was quite beautiful taking us through mountains and massive tunnels, some Read More …

Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s Best Castle

Matsuyama Castle was voted as Japan’s 2nd best castle by Trip Advisor in 2014 and my recent visit confirms that its still awesome!  I flew into Matsuyama to meet my college buddy Andrew who’s been teaching in Japan for the last 4 years.  Matsuyama boasts to be the oldest original castle in Japan with original construction Read More …