Shionomichi Trail in Spring

This Spring I decided to walk the last 40 kilometers of the Shionomichi Trail going to the start/finish of the trail in Matsumoto.  I did it on two separate days about a month apart.  Spring is a wonderful season in the high plains and mountains of Nagano as the earth starts to warm up again …

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Summer walk on the Shionomichi

After a long and damp rainy season, Kazuko and I were bursting to get out and do some long- distance walking, but we didn’t think our legs would be up to tackling a mountain peak yet. So we thought what better place to walk then the scenic and gentle second half of the Shionomichi (Salt …

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Spring Greetings from Japan!

We hope that however and wherever you have been spending the Covid-19 lockdown that you are staying physically and mentally healthy.  Hopefully, we can all get through this tough time without getting sick and losing our incomes.  Hopefully too, we can start getting out and about and eventually being able to travel to Japan to …

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Jomon cultural revival

ShumiStay Japan customers who have been on some of our trips will have encountered various museums and archeological sites associated with the Jomon period 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. This interesting article indicates that there is a revival in learning and experiencing the Jomon culture. https://features.japantimes.co.jp/jomon-revival/ Here is a photo of one of our groups …

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For lovers of Japanese “washi” paper

For our lovers of Japanese washi “paper”, I recommend checking out the March edition of  “Highlighting Japan” ( a free monthly magazine with various interesting articles about Japan) which showcase washi’s strength, beauty, and its potential. The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN is published once a month by the Japanese government to help readers better understand …

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