Japan 2010: Day 8 Kyoto- Kinkakuji and Gion

Our trip on the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto began with a sighting of some sumo wrestlers! Dressed is airy summer yukata they waited for a train on the other side of our platform! As always when travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto make sure to sit in seats D & E to try and get … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 8 Kyoto- Kinkakuji and Gion

Japan 2010: Day 6; Mount Fuji & Hakone

Our first foray outside of Tokyo 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 6; Mount Fuji & Hakone

Japan 2010: Day 5; 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 5; Ghibli Museum

Japan 2010: Day 4; Yoyogi Park & Meiji Jingu

Looking back through these old memories it seems like our plan was just to do a tour of Tokyo's park! As the day after exploring Ueno park we headed to Yoyogi park, next to the famous Meiji Jingu. Now, exploring Tokyo's parks is actually a great way to experience Tokyo, as they all have a … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 4; Yoyogi Park & Meiji Jingu

Japan 2010: Day 2; 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 2; Asakusa in the rain

Japan 2010: Day 1 Arriving in Japan

My Japan trip in 2010 was for graduating my undergraduate degree (yay!). Myself and my university, who I studied Japanese with, headed off for a trip of a lifetime.   We flew into Tokyo Narita airport and took the NEX into Tokyo, where we were staying at Asakusa Chisun Inn (which is now sadly closed). … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 1 Arriving in Japan