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Tracking the Headwaters of the Shinano River

The Source of Japan’s Longest River All great rivers need to start from somewhere and Japan’s longest – the 367 km (228 mi) long Shinano River is no exception. The difficulty arises however when trying to pinpoint the actual source of a river system – rarely a straightforward undertaking. It...

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Shinano-Kawakami Station

Old-world Charm: Enter Shinano-Kawakami Station The effects of Japan’s declining population are being felt in virtually all aspects of Japanese society and public...

Mawarime Daira Campsite

A Tranquil Campsite at the Foothills of Mount Kinpu As far as relaxing campsites go, Mawarime Daira in Kawakami Village, Nagano Prefecture is hard to surpass. Last week...

The Outdoor Guide to Tokyo

Exploring the Outdoors Around Tokyo The scale and diversity of Tokyo makes it hard to condense into a short travel write-up, especially the outdoor scene which caters...

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