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Japan 2010: Day 7; Fuji & Hakone

Our first foray outside of Japan was a prebooked tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone national park. We picked a tour with an overnight stay and a shinkansen return ticket. The tour was leaving from Hamamatsucho bus station, a place which, apparently nobody has any clue where it is. Hopelessly lost and almost late we … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 7; Fuji & Hakone

Japan 2013: Day 11; white water rafting in Gunma

With our last day of the JR pass we headed up into the mountainous area of Minakami, in Gunma prefecture¬† It was nice to get out of the city again and see some more of the stunning natural beauty of Japan. We had booked to do a half day white water rafting tour through Canyons.¬†We … Continue reading Japan 2013: Day 11; white water rafting in Gunma

Japan 2010: Day 6; Ghibli Museum

For those of you that became interested in Japan thanks to the visually, and emotionally, stunning Ghibli/Miyazaki films that going to the Ghibli museum is a must-do! Please remember to book your tickets before you leave your home country, and in advance to. There is no photography allowed in the building, and I don't want … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 6; Ghibli Museum

Japan 2013: Day 10- Kiyomizu dera & Fushimi Inari Shrine

For our day in Kyoto we picked two of the main tourist attractions to visit; Kiyomizu dera temple and Fushimi Inari shrine, both situated on the eastern edge of the city. It was another hot, humid and overcast day as we made our way to one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. As many … Continue reading Japan 2013: Day 10- Kiyomizu dera & Fushimi Inari Shrine

Japan 2010: Day 3; Asakusa in the rain

So we awoke in our tiny "double" bed in Asakusa feeling fresh thanks to a good nights sleep after 40 hours of travelling. We decided that we wanted to explore the area around our hotel a little, we had both been to Japan before, separately, but Asakusa Senso-ji is always a good place to start … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 3; Asakusa in the rain

The castle on lake Biwa: Hikone castle

Castles played an important role in Japans history, right up until the Meiji restoration and the modernisation of Japan. Sadly, through war, fires, and in the name of progress, many Japanese castles were destroyed. Today, although Japan boasts a large number of castle keeps, only 12 are those that have remained through the years. Hikone … Continue reading The castle on lake Biwa: Hikone castle

Chasing the cherry blossom: Getting the most out of sakura season in Japan!

Japan has an amazingly deferential relationship with nature, protecting the stunning environment that the islands of Japan home. One of the most intrinsically tied aspects of Japanese culture and nature is the cherry blossom phenomenon. If you have spent any time reading about, studying or visiting in Japan you will have seen the numerous references … Continue reading Chasing the cherry blossom: Getting the most out of sakura season in Japan!