The best soft ice-cream ever…

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We took the train to Hotaka and after walking about 30 minutes, we reached the biggest wasabi farm – Daio – in Japan and tasted the best soft ice cream ever.  I had to take two.  It retains the refreshing taste of wasabi but no burning sensation at all.  I couldn’t find it again in the rest of the trip.  They even sold wasabi beer.

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A day walk from Ochial Juku to Tsumago Juku (Nakasendo)

The start of Ochiai no Ishidatami – a road paved with cobblestones

Starting from Edo (Tokyo) and ending in Kyoto via Kiso Valley, Nakasendo was one of the oldest roads made in Japan’s Edo Period.  The section we chose is about 10 km – a good day walk – and passes two well-preserved old towns Magome and Tsumago in Kisoji.

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Through the pilgrimage in Tsuyu

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When I got to know that tsuyu, the rainy season in Japan, started on the 16th June this year, I felt similar to an anonymous writer’s thoughts on the Asahi Shimbun, “Getting wet at this time of the year is not a bad thing”, so long as it does not cause any serious damage or delay.

Rain is very important for country like Japan with so many rice fields.  Two days later we were on our way to Koyasan.  As accurate as ancient prediction, it did rain.  Except for the unpleasant damp, visiting those shrines and temples in the rain actually gives an extra mystical mood.  Describe this further.

Taking the train and later cable car from Kyoto, we arrived Koyasan at …

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