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Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan travel blog

Kanazawa

A travel blog entry by dacraic

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... ...with price tags to match. Anyway, the main point of interest in Kanazawa is the Kenrokuen Garden (top three Japanese Gardens, in Japan) and the Kanazawa Castle which dates back to 1546 when it was a religious school. It ...

Welcome to Hokkaido, Otaru, Japan travel blog

Welcome to Hokkaido

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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... we were able to appreciate how lovely the port town of Otaru was as we wandered streets lined with old stone buildings (rare in Japan) and the gas-lamp lined canal (even rarer), past beautifully restored warehouses, shops of glass-wear and smart looking ...

SUMO!, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

SUMO!

A travel blog entry by scott_and_amy

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... you don't get much more Japanese then that. Luckily for us the Tokyo Tournament started the day before we arrived in Japan and felt confident we could get tickets this early in the tournament. Like most things while traveling buying tickets became ...

Famous Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Famous Fish Market

A travel blog entry by scott_and_amy

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Fish Market Lonely Planet listed this as the number one thing to do in Tokyo and beyond Sumo and maybe baseball they are on the mark. We got up early (5:30 AM) to jump on the Subway to make it down to the Tsukiji Fish Market. It was raining outside ...

Mt. Fuji and the Ryokan, Yamanaka-Ko, Japan travel blog

Mt. Fuji and the Ryokan

A travel blog entry by scott_and_amy

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... only people staying there, we each got to take a bath by ourselves - and of course used our robes and slippers that every hotel in Japan has provided for us. We only caught one small glimpse of Mt. Fuji on the bus on the way out there. A very cute ...

A Rainy Day, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

A Rainy Day

A travel blog entry by dane

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Our second day out, the rain came. It never poured, but it was constant and cold. So we decided it would be a good day to hang out in the National Museum. We started the day by trying to wait out the weather at a quaint little coffee shop next door to ...

Kyoto - City without Accommodation, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Kyoto - City without Accommodation

A travel blog entry by benleah

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... at the temple we'd been seeking. As with other temples we'd seen, this one had a very large, impressive entry gate - in ancient Japan they didn't do things by halves. We arrived at the temple too late to enter for any significant time, so we wandered the ...

Staring at Rocks, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Staring at Rocks

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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Renoji garden in Kyoto is a Zen temple best known for it's rock garden which contains 15 stones set in an area of raked gravel. The meaning of the garden is open to interpretation for the viewer to imagine what it represents with some saying the rocks ...

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish!, Osaka, Japan travel blog

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish!

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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Having stayed here for a few nights now I figured it was about time I explored Osaka itself a little so on a recommendation from a couple of Canadians staying at the hotel I set off towards one of Osaka's main entertainment districts, Dotombori. ...

Kyoto photo special, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Kyoto photo special

A travel blog entry by ad_n_caz

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Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, and in striking contrast to Tokyo is a much more cultural sort of place. In many ways it's just plain beautiful. There are countless temples and gardens Kyoto is the home of ...

Konnichiha from Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Konnichiha from Kyoto

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... ) saw us heading back eastwards on the Shinkansen line. Before hitting Kyoto, we decided to spend a day in close by Nara, once Japan's capital. We stuffed both our bags in a SMALL locker in Kyoto station and set off. Nara is pretty small but contains a ...

Thundering Todaiji, Nara, Japan travel blog

Thundering Todaiji

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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With one day left on my pass I spent the day in Nara, Japan's first capital, even if it's fame was short lived to be replaced soon after by Kyoto. There is no Shinkansen line to Nara so it was back on the regular trains again which really did feel slow ...

Chapter Five: Kamakura and my trip to Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan travel blog

Chapter Five: Kamakura and my trip to Shizuoka

A travel blog entry by becky_boo

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First of all I have to mention that if you dont know what a Tanuki is, you should look it up because it will be of future use to you. Just kidding its probably not that good an idea... Right, now I am writing from my friends house in Shizuoka. And no, I ...

Memories of 12 Not so Angry People, Narita, Japan travel blog

Memories of 12 Not so Angry People

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... flights needed to be cancelled and rebooked because we were forced to spend the first night on our way to Manila in Narita Japan. I was exhausted after a 13 hour night flight filled with the movies 'Let Me In", "The Town" and 'Iron ...

Visiting Temples and Sumo Wrestling, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Visiting Temples and Sumo Wrestling

A travel blog entry by tbassplayer

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... . We entered through the main gate. In the parking lot were a number of large black Chevy Van’s with the Imperial of Japan flying from them. ‘That’s funny, I thought they stopped using that flag after WWII’, I said to myself. But ...

Bedding Down With The Monks, Mt Koya, Japan travel blog

Bedding Down With The Monks

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... the monk Kukai (considered to be the original settler of Mt Koya) which is surrounded by an immense graveyard (the largest in Japan) that is spectacularly set in the midst of a medical forest. We were also able to do the temple trail through the ...

So far so good to Japan, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

So far so good to Japan

A travel blog entry by 2vagabonds

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We flew from Asheville to Atlanta and only had a 45minute layover and then we boarded a double decker jet and flew to Tokyo.  Shar actually managed to fit in 5 separate movies en route and then got a bit of sleep before we arrived.  I watched 2 ...

Osaka Pin, Osaka, Japan travel blog

Osaka Pin

A travel blog entry by elsewhere

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Himeji Pin, Himeji, Japan travel blog

Himeji Pin

A travel blog entry by elsewhere

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The Japanese Ahh-nsen, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

The Japanese Ahh-nsen

A travel blog entry by crystalwaitekus

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After traveling for almost six months, I have to admit that I'm feeling a little tired.  So instead of tackling Japan like most countries, I've decided to simply stay put in Tokyo.  As the largest metropolitan area in the world, there is plenty ...

Chapter 34: Hisashiburi, Hirosaki of course, Japan travel blog

Chapter 34: Hisashiburi

A travel blog entry by becky_boo

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... finding new and exciting ways to cook chicken, because chicken is currently ridiculously cheap. Actually on that note, since coming to Japan, I have become much better at cooking. Gone are the days.......okay rare are the days of burnt toast and soggy ...

Bullet Time, Hiroshima, Japan travel blog

Bullet Time

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... of e-mail addresses and offers of places to stay further down the line (thanks guys), I set off to start making use of my Japan Rail Pass. The waiting line to turn the exchange order in to get my pass was long with people taking a ticket and waiting till ...

Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan travel blog

Hiroshima

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... bank cards to pay for the room though and despite the number of ATMs in the country only a handful accept cards issued outside of Japan despite what cards they say are accepted. The Peace Park was awash with people and day trippers so I was glad I had ...

Cat prostitutes, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Cat prostitutes

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... ? Going to a place where you can touch cats. Sounds like fun, particularly if you are a women alone, and of a certain age. Not anymore, as these cafes in Tokyo prove: ...

Days out in Kofu and Fujiyoshida, Kofu, Japan travel blog

Days out in Kofu and Fujiyoshida

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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Greetings from Kofu! We spent a few days in the city of Kofu getting psyched for our short foray into the Minami Alps (see separate entry) -  stocking up on gas, trekking food etc once we'd tracked down the only, but ...

Tokyo travels, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Tokyo travels

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... we manage to eat it with chopsticks, even the rice, so are very smug and pleased with ourselves, despite, I'm sure, a 3 year old from Japan probably being able to clear their bowl better than us. We then called into the Sony Tower to test out some of the ...

Nikko: Buddhism & Bangs!, Nikkō, Japan travel blog

Nikko: Buddhism & Bangs!

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... , get in!). We were up early for breakfast and headed out to beat the crowds. Despite Nikko being virtually unknown outside of Japan it is a big tourist destination for the Japanese, especially on a Saturday on a bank holiday weekend (more on that later). ...

Sayonara, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Sayonara

A travel blog entry by beats

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... Check in was straightforward. I handed in my gaijin card & the woman at Immigration stamped "Departed" over my Work & Re-Entry Visas. Japan saved me a fine leaving present. I sat by the right hand window & as we flew down the east coast of Japan, I ...

Aoi Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Aoi Matsuri Festival

A travel blog entry by scott_and_amy

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... should have been the first, was on our handout and stated "The Aoi Matsuri is one of the most solemn and graceful festivals in Japan." Let me translate this for you. It was an hour parade of 510 people who never smiled (one girl smiled and we got her ...

Mpulungu to Chitipa, Kasama, Zambia travel blog

Mpulungu to Chitipa

A travel blog entry by dcm

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ZAMBIA Mpulungu to Chitipa Friday 19th We arrived, amazingly on time, at Zambia's only port, Mpulungu.  I was greeted by the editor of The Post 'the paper that digs deeper'.  We swapped contact details as he was very interested in my ...

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