If you’re interested in sampling Japan’s thermal baths, known as onsens, then you have to go to Kyushu.
Hiroshima is a five-hour bullet train ride west of Tokyo and of course the city where the first atom bomb was dropped on 6th August 1945. It was almost completely flattened but since then it’s been entirely rebuilt. It’s an attractive vibrant city, but of course, it’s hard to ignore its terrible history.
In the town of Tateyama, around 400km North West of Tokyo, blindfolded women walk to paradise during the sacred ritual of Nunobashi Kanjoe.
The colourful chaos that is Tokyo with its high rises, nightlife and neon is stuff of legend, but no more than an hour outside of the city, Japan’s countryside is another world entirely. Andy Mossack goes exploring Honshu beyond Tokyo.