Got back on Friday evening from a great trip up to the provinces of Ishikawa and Toyama on the Japan Sea. Although this part of Japan is not blessed with a super-abundance of amazing sights, it is what I would call ‘quietly pretty’ and a great place to slowly drive around enjoying some great mountain and coastal scenery, traditional farming villages and lots of very pretty flowers (while the cherry blossom season is well over in Tokyo, it was in full bloom during my trip), as well as some delicious local cuisine. 734 more words