Itsukushima Island, a place where deer wander freely, where small maple leaf shaped cakes (momiji manju) are sold on virtually every street corner, and a sacred coastal shrine shimmers in fiery, scarlet-tinged sunsets. It’s hard to imagine that such a place exists but as one quickly discovers upon visiting Japan, places like Itsukushima, or more simply, Miyajima,…

By Larry from PA, US Of all the places I encountered during my time in Japan, few resonated with me like Kamakura, a sleepy seaside town infused with temples, surf shops, and up and coming cafes. A dramatic contrast from the energy of nearby Tokyo, this picturesque coastal landscape provides the perfect backdrop for an…