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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 ...

More Deer, Nara, Japan travel blog

More Deer

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... to try our first ryokan in the town of Nara. Ryokans are accommodation facilities which are imbued with the traditional culture of Japan- living in a room with Tatami (straw mat) flooring, changing into a typical Yukata (robe) after taking an Onsen ...

The World's Second Largest Aquarium is in Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan travel blog

The World's Second Largest Aquarium is in Okinawa

A travel blog entry by cristinaw

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... my favorite creatures in the tank. They are so huge and cute! Okinawa has a climate that is totally different from mainland Japan. It has a good temperature climate throughout the year and it is always humid. Winter in Okinawa is not cold. The four days ...

Wax on wax off, Nikko, Japan travel blog

Wax on wax off

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... decorated with a number of Christmas decorations including pictures of Santa and a large illuminated snowman in the hall, heck it is Japan after all. Anyway I set off towards to the temples but on arriving around 4pm they were just closing for the ...

Flight Attendant Judi, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Flight Attendant Judi

A travel blog entry by bagman

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Yang Kai and I split up in the Guangzhou airport. As a Chinese national, his security requirements are different. I stand in line and answer questions like "Are you an American?" This from a Customs official who was looking at my United States ...

Cherry Blossom Festival, Nagoya, Japan travel blog

Cherry Blossom Festival

A travel blog entry by jo-jo

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Howdy! We went to a park down the road from us yesterday to check out the cherry blossom festivities. Crazy stuff. People bring tarps and park themselves under the cherry blossoms for the night. Public drinking is totally acceptable during this time ...

Sulphuric Sights, Hakone, Japan travel blog

Sulphuric Sights

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... arrive in Sengoku which is where our Ryokan is – this is the word for a Japanese B&B but alas without the breakfast. Japan is a cash based society, so we hand over all our money to the owner (Japan IS expensive!), then realise we are staying in ...

The Tokyo Experience, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

The Tokyo Experience

A travel blog entry by keithandkim

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... the museum we are greeted with beautiful Japanese architecture and displays. The museum is laid out well showcasing the history of Japan with some amazing artifacts, swords, kimonos, armour and paintings. It was a very interesting day that answered some ...

Konichi-wa, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Konichi-wa

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... to airport where we met a really nice Japanese man who spoke to us all the way about all sorts - sport, culture, our opinions on Japan. The people here have been incredibly polite (in the most part)and a few people have offered to help us find our way ...

Funky Monkeys, Hattoji, Japan travel blog

Funky Monkeys

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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The weather appeared a bit better today so I left my bags at reception after checking out and set off for Miyajima island out in the inland sea just south of Hiroshima. On arriving at the ferry terminal for the island I was offered some squid snacks to ...

Temples Everywhere, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Temples Everywhere

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... a complete tour of the house by a girl who spoke zero English (I don't know why, but I'm really loving this quirk of Japan- in hotels, restaurants, museums, etc, whoever you are dealing with with usually carry on a rapid-fire, complete dialogue with you, ...

A Walk Through the City, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

A Walk Through the City

A travel blog entry by dane

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In my opinion, the best way to explore a city is on foot. Metros are handy, but you can't see anything. Buses let you see some things but can be difficult to figure out. A guided tour means you have to hang out with tourists, and who wants to do ...

Pufferfish fit for a king, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Pufferfish fit for a king

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... how many are licensed, says Kiichi Kitahama, a well-known chef and owner of a fugu museum in Osaka. In addition, only 19 of Japan's 47 prefectures require chefs to pass an exam to obtain a fugu license, and those tests vary in their demands. In Tokyo, ...

Culture rich Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan travel blog

Culture rich Kyoto

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... small rivers that converge close to the city centre and many of the streets are lined with what you would imagine typical Japan to look like - perfectly manicured gardens and small neat homes with white screen doors and wooden panels. For this reason we ...

Takayama, Takayama, Japan travel blog

Takayama

A travel blog entry by jo-jo

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... ) and ran one red light. Not bad huh? Kyle did an amazing job driving while I slept in the back seat. Highways in Japan have a lot of interesting features. Such as a helpful highway owl that appears at some intersections. Its eyes light up alternately. We ...

Bad Facial Hair, Okinawa, Japan travel blog

Bad Facial Hair

A travel blog entry by kitch_in_japan

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... spend a whole week in Okinawa, the country's southernmost prefecture, and perhaps the one most challenging to stereotypes of Japan. No giant skyscrapers, neon lights and crowded trains here. Just endless expanses of deserted golden sand, turquoise waters ...

Summer Vacation and Stuff, Tsumago, Magome, Matsumoto ..., Japan travel blog

Summer Vacation and Stuff

A travel blog entry by jo-jo

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... before we snuck in to shower/bath. 3. Visiting Matsumoto Castle. This is one of only a few authentic castles in Japan. Most castles required reconstruction following the wars. This one is beautiful - complete with moat, various defensive appendages, ...

Just?@Checking In, Nagoya, Japan travel blog

Just?@Checking In

A travel blog entry by jo-jo

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... so I took the name tags back. I`m surprised with this behaviour given the hightened awareness of the SEXY HARRASU issue they have in Japan these days (that`s how the Japanese refer to sexual harassement). Oh well. When I tried to hand them out again later ...

Hi from Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan travel blog

Hi from Hiroshima

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... so we head off to Miyajima, a nearby island with a 'floating' shrine gate, meant to be one of the three best views in Japan - also extremely touristy, and as we all know, Japan does do touristy very well indeed. The shrine is beautiful, as for once we ...

So long Sasakis, Hiroshima, Japan travel blog

So long Sasakis

A travel blog entry by jambo

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Our Hiroshima video can be found on the Contents page (entry #1).  Click on 'more thumbnails' towards the top of the entry for all the videos.   Because the guest room at Keigo's is not heated, it gets freezing it at night.  To ...

The never-ending flight, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

The never-ending flight

A travel blog entry by jwatson

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This won't be an involved entry, but I wanted to have a map pin for Tokyo and I don't think I can just put a pin in without an entry. Well, I got to O'Hare around 9 a.m. for my 11 a.m. flight as was recommended, and I then had to wait about an hour and a ...

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