After spending the night at a camping ground on Kotobikihama, I left the coast of Tango Peninsula and headed inland through a landscape of rice fields, small towns, and forest-covered hills. There wasn't much English in the Japanese countryside (or on my Japanese map!) so most of the time I had no idea where I was, but it made me feel like a true explorer! I arrived back in Amano-Hashidate as evening fell, and decided that I deserved a night of comfort in a hotel (and a trip to a wonderful onsen!)
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.