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COVID-19 has limited the ability to travel, but it hasn’t stopped us dreaming. In the midst of planning our next trips, some of The Japan Times’ regular Escape contributors write about where they want to go in Japan once we see the back of the coronavirus.

The gym where I used to work out closed in February. Now my daily exercise is a solitary walk along the river near my Tokyo apartment. As I push upriver, my mind often drifts to the treks I’ve made on the Michinoku Coastal Trail, a hiking route that runs 1,025 kilometers along the Pacific Ocean from southern Aomori Prefecture all the way down into Fukushima Prefecture.

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