Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

We spent five days in Kanazawa and it was my favorite city that we visited during our seven weeks in the country.  Kanazawa sits on the western coast of Honshu and has only been accessible by bullet train since 2015 (it takes just 2½ hours from Tokyo).  It's a bustling, busy city for sure, but much quieter, more compact, and easy to explore than Tokyo or Kyoto.  The Japan Alps lie to the east of the city and the coast to the west, plus the heart of the city is bordered by two parallel rivers, the Sai and the Asano. 

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Travel Notes: The Japan Alps

Travel Notes: The Japan Alps

After leaving Tokyo, we headed northwest into the mountainous region known as the Japan Alps. We spent time in a remote village called Kijimadaira northeast of Nagano (where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held), traveled to the mountain town of Takayama by way of Morimoto Castle, and then headed west for Kanazawa.  We rode bikes in Hida, went to our first onsen at Maguse Onsen, met some macaque monkeys (or snow monkeys) in Jigokudani Yaen-koen, and ate our first soba noodles and roasted green tea ice cream.

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Travel Notes: Marlborough Sound

Travel Notes: Marlborough Sound

The Marlborough Sound of New Zealand is best known as being a preeminent wine region… and I’m sure it is.   I’m slightly embarrassed to admit we didn’t visit a single vineyard.  With Blythe in tow and a few days of long driving, we just didn’t leave time.  But, we did spend three nights in the remote St. Omer on the Kenepuru Sound

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