Toyoko Inn Jr. Toyama Ekimae
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Before I start my story please allow me introduce you to Kyla Duffy and her infamous dog Bill. Kyla is my team mate and, more importantly, my friend. Bill? Well, he tolerates me and occasionally is even happy to see me. (He can be a bit of a curmudgeon....but don't tell Kyla I said that.)
A day in the life of a circus performer is anything but dull. Any time a group of widely varying ...
... are aging and have transitioned from rice farming to less laborious buckwheat farming but even that has becomer too arduous. Our guide explained that everyone in the village help each other to lighten the workload. He said he is doing his best to preserve the culture and tradition. The time spent in this remote farming village was truly special, a window into a unique and disappearing way of life in a remote and beautiful corner of the world. Following the tour we were driven to ...
... who made it so, and my love to all those I did not get to see on this go around. Not to worry, I’ll be back soon enough.
Toyama-shi, Toyama prefecture
Toyama-shi is the capital city of the Toyama prefecture. It is located on the west coast of Honshu about 190mi. northwest of Tokyo. It is built around a large bay on the Sea of Japan. To the east it faces the magnificent Tateyama Mountain Range, which forms part of the ...
... when it means having to wait another hour for the next bus or train. We didn't master this last point until we almost missed our ship's tour to the Takayama Alpine Route (out of today's port, Toyama), where we drove up to the mountains that are aka the Japanese Alps. Arriving at our meeting point with just moments to spare, we've learned to set our alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual. The stares from our ...
... was the highlight and why I'd wanted to take the trip; the snow corridor. The higher we climbed the more the snow banks on the side of the road grew. By the time we got to Murodo they peaked at 15m. It was this section we were able to work along and photograph as well. This and a walk around a crater with the view of hot pools misting not far off were the energetic part of the trip. Not too excessive though the ...