The mountain village that tried to disappear

Jan 31, 2015

The mountain village that tried to disappear

by Mandy Bartok

Our arrival at Yunishigawa-Onsen Station in Tochigi Prefecture is more than a little disconcerting. The two-carriage train, which until now has been chugging determinedly through an increasingly snowy landscape, pulls to a halt in the middle of a tunnel. The doors slide open to ...

Oya: The town that turned to stone

May 17, 2014

Oya: The town that turned to stone

by Stephen Mansfield

It’s always good to know something about the ground under your feet when you visit a new destination. Geology, in a very real sense, is the foundation of the former renown and wealth of Oya-machi, a town with the dimensions of a village in ...