Ise to Tahara (Honshu)

So, you’d think that I’d start a blog post about my departure from Ise with pictures and stories about the famous Shinto temples and shrines. But no. I set off for the hardware shop to buy a nut and bolt to repair my broken pannier and discover an outdoor shop right next door. This is…

Izakaya in Ise (Kansai)

One thing I have learned in the past year is that I need to pace myself when I travel. This means taking time out from sightseeing to do my work and university study, rather than trying to mix the two. I need to work about 20 hours every week. In Korea I traveled almost every…

Mikisato to Ise (Kansai)

What a difference twelve hours makes. The rain has stopped and the sea is calm again. Last night the waves were pounding so heavily that the whole shower block I was sleeping in was shuddering. This morning the sea is as flat as a pancake. I cook up some breakfast behind the sea wall and…

Kawayu Onsen to Mikisato (Kansai)

I wake up to the rain bucketing down on my tent. I have two choices: (1) complain about the weather or (2) get out there and explore Japan. I opt for the latter because weather is weather and no amount of complaining will change it. I am headed towards Kumano and then in the general…

Rest day at Kawayu Onsen (Kansai)

Today I rested at camp. I have visited the riverside onsen, caught up on my blog, completed some projects for work, and cycled the 4.5km to Hongu to use the free wifi at the visitor centre to upload blog posts and email documents to work. Tomorrow I will continue cycling. The next stage of my…