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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Treasures of Japan with South Korea
April 30, 2018
Blog Post

A look into the rich culture of Japan and South Korea

If you have any interest in culture or history, Japan is a truly fascinating destination to visit. This island nation holds on tightly to its ancient traditions, yet still manages to keep up (and often lead the way) with modern advances in technology and fashion.

From its vibrant cities to its sacred shrines and temples, Japan harmoniously blends the old with the new....

Sapporo, Japan
October 19, 2017
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Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

Beer’s dominance of the Japanese market begins with the island-nation’s oldest brand, Sapporo. Brewed in its...

Lake Toya, Japan
June 7, 2017
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Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

Yet at numerous points in history, a different kind of fireworks have reflected off Lake Toya...

Japanese Sushi
December 14, 2016
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Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University,...

Japanese Sushi
October 16, 2018
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A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian culture. 

The Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan can seem as though they’re worlds apart from each other. Filipinos are...

Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 29, 2015
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Back in 1915, Hiroshima’s governing assembly opened an exhibition hall along the eastern banks of the Motoyasu River. The three-story brick building—crowned by a copper-covered dome that stood some 80 feet high—was used to highlight the prefecture’s various commercial enterprises. Just 30 years later, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall would encapsulate something far more nefarious.

At 8:15AM on August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft named the Enola Gay...

April 25, 2015
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For 25 years, we have been taking inquisitve travelers to the ends of the earth; in 2016, our trend continues. We're offering 35 unique adventures next year, 11 of which are brand-new itineraries! We think our line-up will inspire even the most well-traveled explorers; take a look at our new expeditions below and contact us at or 206.285.4000, for any questions or to book today.


Yakushima Island
July 20, 2003
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I have always enjoyed traveling in Japan. The serene countryside and gardens; castles and temples with rich, deep histories; and most importantly, the attention to detail and order translated into the architecture reflecting the forces of nature and spirit, the precise, eloquent poetry, the flowing and graceful movements of their artisans, and the delicate sumptuousness of Japanese cuisine, have always held great appeal for me. Yet, until this past April, I had never ventured south of the...

Treasures of Japan
January 20, 2004
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When I arrived to live in Kyoto 12 years ago, I had my mind set on discovering the "real Japan." The first thing I did was invest in a good set of regional maps and begin charting my excursions. Ever since, as a travel writer, photographer, and expedition leader, I've been canvassing the country from top to bottom, from tracing the poet Basho's footprints through the "deep north" right down to the steps of Buddhist monk Kukai around Shikoku's ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Whether by...

Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 1, 2010
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April 26 - Miyajima/Hiroshima: Our day was a mix of emotions: The morning dawned bright and hopeful off the coast near to the sacred town of Miyajima, but fated to be a day of such stark and brutal extremities of experience.

From the holy shrines of the Lord Buddha and Shintoism, where silence reigned golden and serenity was the eternal paradigm beyond the legendary seabound Torri Gate, the veritable symbol of ancient Japan, we moved to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial...

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