Writer: Christopher Gearhardt

Christopher lives and works in the Chubu area of Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the country. Please send any questions or comments to gearhacc@gmail.com.

Mount Koya - Japan’s Hidden Treasure

Mount Koya is a time machine. While it is true that it is located on a fixed point on the map just two hours from the crowd and bright lights of Osaka, time has warped around the mountain in such a way that a visitor is transported to one of the last places where it is possible to steal a glimpse of an old Japan that is rapidly vanishing from other more tourist oriented locations.

Kobe - A Tale of Two Cities

Kobe is a port city best known internationally for the style of Japanese beef named after it, but the city has much more to offer than culinary delights. It is a vibrant area that played an integral part in Japan’s opening to the world in the 19th century.

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