Six cities in one week, ten train transfers, and over 400 years of history (3,000 if you count the dip in Japan’s oldest hot spring baths.) 2010 was when I had my life-changing first trip to Japan and five trips in, I’m gradually diving deeper into its more isolated pockets. Go here for my story for GaijinPot.com, Tokyo.
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