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If you’re planning a trip around Shikoku, Tokushima is a natural starting point – partly because of easy transport links from Honshu, and partly because it’s also the start of the island’s traditional circular pilgrimage route. It’s a great place to fight off the jet-lag, see some beautiful temples, and make the most of tasty […]


Otaru lies to the northeast of Sapporo, and in the winter is on the train route to the ski resort of Niseko. In spring or summer, though, it’s a major domestic tourism destination. I visited overnight in May 2014. To get to Otaru, take a futsuu train from Sapporo’s JR station – it’s not far, and […]


Furano might be the middle of Hokkaido, but Sapporo is its economic centre – it’s the biggest city on the island, and serves as the hub for its transit links too. It’s also a pleasant, modern city that’s well worth exploring for a few days. Famous for the snow festival, held every February, Sapporo holds plenty to […]