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Japan, a foodie’s Nirvana!

The Manta Dive

Oh… an unexpected blue sky and tropical sunshine… that’s a promising start. Ishigaki is one of the most popular diving sites in Japan and famous for manta watching.  Philippe had high hopes to see a manta or two : )… Continue Reading →

Akashi Shokudo – (not just) a Bowl of Ramen

  So here we go again. After many noodle meals in Okinawa already, Yasuko came up with one more “impossible to leave this island without sampling these noodles” restaurant. It has won prices and is all over the social networks… Continue Reading →

Ishigaki-jima Sunset Beach

….all alone. Even the sunset did not bother to show up.

Mt. Maapee

Our second hike on the Ishigaki Island: Mt. Maapee. It has a modest height of 230m with two hiking paths to the top: the longer one takes 45 minutes and the shorter one just 15 minutes! Sounds more like a stroll… Continue Reading →

Kabira Bay – postcard pretty

This intricate emerald-blue bay surrounded  by the white sand beach is in every Okinawa brochure, poster and on gazillions of FB and Instagram posts (and now on ours). We were a bit skeptical but once we looked down the bay,… Continue Reading →

Morning beach walk @ Ibaruma

… and in the evening the day before…

At the top of Okinawa, Mt. Omoto

I know that Okinawa is a water sports activity destination, but a passionate hiker like myself can always find a place to hike up to :  )  So today we have decided to go up to the top of Okinawa,… Continue Reading →

Tamatorizaki observatory point

Kiyoko-san, our wonderful host in Iriomote-so

Kiyoko-san, originally from Sado Island, hosted us for five nights. Full of energy and willingness to help her guests, she is like sunshine on Iriomote! We enjoyed her family-style meals, ate countless small but richly tasted bananas directly harvested from… Continue Reading →

Firefly spectacle

Our friendly B&B owner Kiyoko-san kindly offered to take us to firefly watching. We got on her mini-van with Japanese, American and Dutch guests and drove to a rice paddy area. It was the last week of the firefly season,… Continue Reading →

Kayaking to Mariyud?-no-taki waterfalls

Iriomote’s number-one attraction is a boat trip up the Urauchi-gawa (???), a winding brown river reminiscent of a tiny stretch of the Amazon. We rented a kayak from the mouth of the river, Urauchi-gawa Kank? (????? ) and  paddled up… Continue Reading →

Ida-no-hama, a day at the Beach

Bus, boat and a walk to a very pretty, remote and quiet beach, Ida-no-Hama. The boat trip leads to a village called Funauki (??). This village, only accessible by boat, has no more than 45 inhabitants, two local restaurants, a… Continue Reading →

Great picture and slogan from the Zen Temple „Eiheiji“ campaign

Ramen: Focus on Taste

We had a 30 minutes layover at the Fukuoka airport to take the connecting flight to Ishigaki – more than enough for a quick slurp of Yasuko’s favorite ramen style, tonkotsu. And as we are at an airport, the usual… Continue Reading →

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