From the 18th to the 27th of June, 2010 the Hessische Landesfachgruppe Pilzanbau organised a studytrip to Japan. A group of Europeans from five different countries set out to discover the ‘exotic’ mushroom industry on central and northern Honshu and the north island, Hokkaido. A very fascinating trip it was. In Mushroom Business 41, 42 and 43 we run a series of three big articles on this trip, written by publisher Roel Dreve, who was one of the happy few. The pictures in this series on the website refer to the first part of the trip (and the first article), from Kyoto to Niigata.