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Exploring Kiso Valley

Taking time out from Tokyo and looking forward to a few days of open spaces and quiet time I take the train south to Nagoya and on to the Kiso Valley. I plan to spend two nights in Tsumago, a post town on the Nakasendo Way from where I will take a day walk to Magome, the next town along the route.

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Hiroshima

Say this city’s name and your thoughts immediately go to 6 August 1945, the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. Images of a city and its people devastated, destroyed.

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‘Not eating’ In Tokyo

This story is written by a guest who came on the very first Eating Tokyo tour earlier this year. After the tours, we sought feedback from guests in order to refine and improve our offering for future guests. Trish provided us with this story as her feedback. We thought we would share it with you …

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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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