A lighthouse on the way to Udo Island

Exploring A Shield Volcano – Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island, located off the tip of South Korea, is a paradise for geologists, honeymooners, and adventurers alike. I ventured to Jeju on a recommendation from a friend, as well as seeing the epic pictures of the Seongsan Ilchulbong. Jeju is a geological paradise, with interesting volcanic features such as Mt. Hallasan, an almost perfect …

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Our first day, going up the small, kinda old, japanese gondola. These things looked like eggs, and opened in the middle. Small and fun!

Snowboarding and Snow Monkey Beer in Shiga Kogen, Japan

My final stop on this lap through Japan was in at Shiga Kogen, Japan’s highest, largest ski resort. I joined a local Tokyo-based winter adventure club appropriately called “Tokyo Gaijins” on their Snow Monkey Beer Live trip to Shiga Kogen. The trip provided both awesome winter sports, as well as access to the “Snow Monkey …

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A nun blesses followers at the Zenkoji Temple, Nagano, Japan

Zenkoji Temple, Nagano, Japan

During my most recent lap through Japan, I had the opportunity to spend a day at Nagano’s mystical buddhist Zenkoji Temple. I’m blaming my lack of sleep the night before for the absence of shots, but here’s a few from the time I spent there. In Nagano, I stayed at the 1166 Backpackers Hostel, which …

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