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Kiso Valley

These photos were taken in and around the Kiso Valley, specifically in Tsumago and Magome. They are from the travel blogger Local Milk and inspired us to visit this untouched and ancient part of Japan. Stay at the Fujioto Ryokan, a beautiful inn with exceptional food – highly recommended, though we didn’t get a chance to try it ourselves. Next time.

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Otoshi

Otoshi is a custom peculiar to Japan and we in the West have nothing like it. It is the surprise dish you receive when you take your seat at a bar or izakaya. Otoshi means ‘to pass’ and is something to eat between placing and receiving your order.

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Atami

50 minutes by bullet train, and what seems like a world away from Tokyo, is the seaside resort town of Atami. After a dazzling week of food, markets, restaurants and shopping with Eating Tokyo, in the crazy bright lights of the metropolis, Sue and I booked a night away in a tranquil and traditional Japanese ryokan.

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