Somewhere in Japanese Alps When I think of Japan, I probably think of two things (that are actually opposites): crazy, vibrant big cities like Tokyo; and small villages with old houses, smelling of tatami mats, zen garden outside and matcha tea. No? 🙂 So, when in fact the big cities are quite easy to find (and all the fun things you can do – like video games, karaoke rooms and shopping), the small villages are in fact somehow … hidden 🙂