Unknown Japan; Setouchi Islands

The less-visited region of Setouchi, the largest inland sea in Japan, surrounded by seven geographically diverse prefectures, is a place whose beauty is hard to describe; still azure waters broken by rising rocky mounds, some covered in lush vegetation, others sheer as if forced up from the sea bed only yesterday. Tiny towns of wooden…

Unknown Japan; Iya Valley

Driving into the Iya Valley (you must drive, the remoteness of the place makes public transport an almost impossible option), you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d driven onto the set of the latest Jurassic Park or King Kong film. Largely unpopulated, mountains rise from the land, their forested facades hiding many treasures. Historic minka…