Japan self drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture

Japan Self Drive in Central Region – Day 7 – Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture  Hotel Mt. Fuji The weather was really great when we woke up in the morning in Hotel Mt.Fuji, we took more pictures from the garden with Mt Fuji at our background.  It was a sunny day but with strong winds.  It was a …

Japan 8 days Self drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture

Japan 8 days Self Drive in Central Region – Day 6 – Mt Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture  Matsumoto Castle This morning we checked out early from our hotel and went to visit the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest castle in Japan, it is also called “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior. …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5- Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – day 5  – Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture  Early hot spring bath in Hotel Morinokaze Tateyama Since the hotel provided the hot spring bath with very beautiful mountain view, I took the opportunity to rise early and soaked in the outdoor hot spring.  Outdoor hot spring …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 4 – Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture  Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route We departed very early from Tonami Royal Hotel and arrived about 1 hour later in Tateyama.  There is a timetable for the train and we were rushing for the earliest departure at Tateyama station.  We parked …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 3 – Tonami, Toyama Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 3 – Tonami, Toyama Prefecture Takayama old town – Nakabashi Bridge We departed early to Takayama old town to check out the famous red bridge – Nakabashi Bridge. Most shops were still not yet opened and there were not many people yet as it was still …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 2 – Takayama, Gifu Prefecture

Japan 8 Days self Drive in Central Region – Day 2 – Takayama, Gifu Prefecture       ( 22 Nov 2015) The distance from Nagatsugawa to Takayama was slightly more than 2 hours, 178km.  We stopped by a countryside park, slightly before Gero, we actually wanted to look for some hot coffee but the shop …

Japan 8 days Self Drive – Chubu/Central Region – Day 1- Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture

Japan 8 days Self Drive Chubu/Central Region – Day 1 – Gifu Prefecture                   ( 21 Nov 2015 ) I have been to Japan many times, and I also lived and studied in Kyushu for few years. However traveling to Chubu region was my first time.  Chubu …