We’re planning a trip to Japan and I’d love to hear any of your recommendations. We are starting in Fukuoka and making our way east eventually ending in Tokyo. I’m most excited about a stay at Gora Kadan in Hakone – an area between Kyoto and Tokyo highly regarded for its springs heated by volcanic rocks. The inn previously served as the summer villa of the Imperial Family until it was transformed in 1952 into a ryokan. I much prefer the countryside to big cities when traveling, so I think this portion of the trip will be a highlight. Natural beauty, a slower pace, and an authentic experience is the draw. Any favorite places, restaurants, tours to share are greatly appreciated.
photo: Syuhei Inoue