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Escaping rain in Nagano – Damn I love Shinkansen

Having a Japan RailPass which allows me to travel the Shinkansen bullet trains freely and a new Shinkansen line starting from Kanazawa which premiered just a year ago I decided to choose a city within reach with better weather. Yes, Nagano is more than 200km away and I made the choice to go somewhere else just after lunch, the train only took approximately an hour.

Sushi like I’ve never ate it before

Ok, going to Japan obviously makes you think “eating sushi all the time”. However once there I realized that there were so many other amazing new things to eat. Nevertheless I was amazed by the Edo-style sushi I had at the fish market in Tokyo and the conveyor belt-style sushi in Osaka. BUT let me tell you this was nothing compared to the amazing sushi I had at Sushi Ippei in Kanazawa.

Samurai-City Kanazawa

Kanazawa at the Westcoast behind the Japanese Alps might not be a city you heard of before but this city with roughly half a million inhabitants was once the capital of the richest region of Japan through rice plantations. This allowed the city to build up its famous culture with its geisha and samurai districts as well as the castle and its surrounding gardens.

Dream castle and Thunderbird Express

The castle in Osaka was really nice but rebuilt. The ONE castle in Japan you have to see is Himeji Castle. It is not only preserved but also freshly renovated (just finished 2015) and includes a whole fortification and gardens on the premise.

Japan – the kind and tasty beauty

If you stay hungry in Japan you are doing everything wrong you could possibly do wrong.