Japan’s landscape isn’t just temples, green foliage and mountains. Desert dwellers also have a place found in Tottori Prefecture. Just west of Kyoto and easily accessible via car, shinkansen or plane, rolling sand dunes await.
Unlike in South Korea or Bhutan, winter in Okinawa doesn’t take a lot of spicy hot-pot-type dishes to get through. That may be one reason why the subtropical island didn’t offer many spicy foods in the past.