Greetings from Shirakawa-go - a historic village surrounded by high mountains and because of this the village is said to be the last unexplored region of Japan. As the village was cut off from the rest of Japan for many moons, much tradition can be experienced here especially the roofs made in the Gassho style which enables dwellings to shed snow easily.
Very peaceful here and much recommend if you are after the more traditional side of Japan. I've been living in Tokyo for twenty years and while it's very convenient for work, there is only so much inspiration you can get from concrete and crowds. Even attempting to drive out of Tokyo on the weekends will leave you stranded in a tailback for six hours or so.
For this reason I'm just loving the Shinkansen bullet train which can take me from my local Shinagawa station across Japan to Hiroshima in a few hours. Even though I've lived here for over half of my working life, I've hardly travelled the country but am making a point of doing so of late. When you travel Japan, which cities or areas do you prefer to travel? #smartdoll #notweet