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Matsumoto Castle

Japan

I first set foot in Japan during the Spring of 2012 - long overdue considering that its culture is one of the few that greatly influenced my thinking. 

The main island of Honshu is divided by a mountainous range in the centre, which makes it spectacular for landscapes. The contrast between traditional and modern culture is unsurpassed anywhere else.

I've been hooked ever since and have made more than 15 visits in the past few years.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

One of the many great castles in Japan. Matsumoto is easily accessible from Tokyo. There's great Soba there too.

Mount Fuji - 1000 Yen View

Mount Fuji - 1000 Yen View

Fuji-san is extremely shy. You can camp out around it for four days without ever seeing it. This was taken on the fifth.

Ainokura - Hidden Village at Shirakawago

Ainokura - Hidden Village at Shirakawago

Shirakawago, nestled in the alps of Honshu, is one of its most visited tourist spots thanks to its Gassho-zukuri houses. The namesake village is where the busloads of tourists go, so it's better to head to one of the other smaller villages.