New ideas for 2019
Japan's new attraction
The Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre recently opened at the foot of the iconic mountain and is an excellent place to learn all about the fabled peak’s history. Designed by world-famous Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the exhibitions spiral up five floors and end with a breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Fuji itself.
Cutting edge Tokyo, 'Hell's Valley' Snow Monkeys, Gassho-Zukuri farm-houses in snow-clad alpine villages, 750-year old Cedar forests, heated loo seats (yes, really!), zip fast Shinkansen bullet trains, chanting monks and Buddhist temple lodgings, Ramen Noodle street stalls, snow-topped volcanoes, 'son et lumiere' over a Japanese garden in the shadow of castle ramparts, bubbling hot springs and Saki, Ground Zero at Hiroshima and a meeting with a traditional Geisha in the secretive world of Kyoto's private tea houses ... just some of the memories I brought back from my trip to Japan.
Call me if you want to know more, and see my full trip report and photos here.
MONGOLIA MUST-SEE FESTIVAL
A celebration of the Golden Eagle
For a truly memorable adventure this autumn I suggest a 15 day trip to Mongolia taking in the annual Golden Eagle festival in Bayan-Ölgii aimag.
Held on the first weekend in October, it’s a wonderful spectacle with competitions and displays showcasing the skills of both birds and trainers. A smaller event, the Altai Kazakh Eagle Festival, is also held each year in the last week of September.
Call me if you'd like to chat through possibilities in this extraordinary land.