About me, the traveler


Trip 1 - India, Nepal, and China

Trip 2 - Southeast Asia

Trip 3 - Mongolia to Eastern Europe

Trip 4 - Middle South America

Trip 5 - Southern Africa

Trip 6 - Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Greenland

Trip 7 - The Balkans

Trip 8 - Morocco and Southern Spain

Trip 9 - Western India

Trip 10 - Outer Indochina

Trip 11 - Ethiopia and Dubai

Trip 12 - Iceland

Trip 13 - Japan

Trip 14 - Caucasus

Trip 15 - Central & East Asia

Trip 16 - Inner Indochina and Japan

Tales From the Tour (a running travelogue)

Top-five lists

New York City excursions

Cheap East Coast bus alternatives


Trip 13 - Japan

19 February to 16 March 2010

I'd had so many sushi cravings during the preceding year that I figured it was time to head to the source. Also, I hadn't had many good train rides in the previous few trips. I was ready to use some frequent-flyer miles on an off-peak ticket, whiz around the country on a $624 three-week Japan Rail Pass, and eat everything I saw.

Message #1 Slipping and slurping from Tokyo to Sapporo
Message #2 Crickets and silkworms and bears (and temples and castles and shrines)
Message #3 Something's fishy from Kyushu to Tokyo