Andon Ryokan: Tokyo’s Modern Ryokan

Andon Ryokan: Tokyo’s Modern Ryokan

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  If there was one piece of advice I heard over and over when planning my trip to Japan, it was “stay in a ryokan!!!” After hiking through Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji route for two weeks, I became obsessed with the traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouse. […]

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Two Weeks Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done: Two Weeks Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji

It’s been one week since I finished Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji Route: the thousand-year-old pilgrimage route through Mie Prefecture. This two-week hike was simultaneously the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and yet also one of the most rewarding. 170 kilometers. 2 mountain peaks. 18 mountain passes. 7 fantastic shrines. 5 steamy onsens. Countless tiny towns. Fantastic […]

Why I’m Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji (For Two Weeks!)

Why I’m Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo Iseji (For Two Weeks!)

In just a few short days I’ll be hopping on a plane to Japan’s Mie Prefecture to hike the stunning, challenging Kumano Kodo Iseji. After approximately five years of navigating China’s busy cities: honking horns, dodging e-bikes, constant construction… imagining myself hiking through the wilderness with just me, my boyfriend, and my backpack sounds almost […]