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 Ultimate Guide to Kumano Kodo Iseji

The Ultimate Guide to Kumano Kodo Iseji

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. All photos of me are taken by Chris of Aussie on the Road.  Hiking the Kumano Kodo was one of the most difficult, incredible things I’ve ever done in my entire life. As someone who doesn’t normally do long-term pilgrimage hikes, I was pretty […]

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 (For Two Weeks!)

Why I’m Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo (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. 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 too […]

5 Top Tips For a Magical Stay in Japan

5 Top Tips For a Magical Stay in Japan

Japan has been at the top of my bucket list for YEARS. It’s a fascinating mix of old and new, from ultra-modern cities like Tokyo to rural Japan with its mountain temples, tea ceremonies, and ancient traditions. There are just so many things to do in Japan, it can be hard to know where to […]