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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Enter the Dragon, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Enter the Dragon

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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Luckily today the Kinryu-no-mai or Golden Dragon Dance festival was happening at the Sensoji Temple, not that I had planned my timing or anything, come on I ain't that organized. I'd already seen the temple but didn't mind another visit in order to see ...

Cultural Participation, Yokohama, Japan travel blog

Cultural Participation

A travel blog entry by kitch_in_japan

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... I am still clueless about. To the surprise of no one but myself, it was a perfect irasshaimase (ie welcome) to Japan. A more tranquil practice involves going to izakaya in the evenings. These are sort of traditional Japanese hostelries where you take ...

Little Island of Shikoku, Shikoku, Japan travel blog

Little Island of Shikoku

A travel blog entry by itsem

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My parents had been everywhere else in Japan so one of the places we headed to on their visit was Shikoku, the smallest and far-est backwards in time of the four main islands. After spending lots of time in Osaka, it was nice to see trees again, that you ...

Tour de Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Tour de Tokyo

A travel blog entry by jambo

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... machine right outside.  In fact, Coke is only one of about a thousand things you can buy from a vending machine in Japan.  Everything is available, from beer to liquor to cigarettes (no trouble with age limits here) to cans of coffee.  Did ...

Last day in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Last day in Tokyo

A travel blog entry by jambo

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... to cook.  It turns out to be marvellously tasty, a common description for every single thing we have eaten so far in Japan.   It would be fair to say that, following our two forgettable overnight bus rides in Australia, we are not particularly ...

Another look, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

Another look

A travel blog entry by itsem

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When Dave came over we went up again, its on the way to Fuji and we had the sights to see sussed out for him so we went back to a lot of the same places. Tracey and I decided to save a bit of cash and budget it up on the night bus, arriving in Tokyo ...

Good for what ails you., Asakusa, Japan travel blog

Good for what ails you.

A travel blog entry by itsem

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Asakusa is just outside of Tokyo (I think its even a suburb) and is on the river so we caught a boat down and had a look at Tokyo from the river. Asakusa is crowded, everyone comes to see Sensoji temple. We walked down through some markets, which ...

USJ, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan travel blog

USJ

A travel blog entry by itsem

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I ended up going to the overpriced, but fun, USJ three times - first Tracey and I went as its a "must do" and then I had to take guests too cause its "must ...

DH Goes Sumo, Tokyo, Japan travel blog

DH Goes Sumo

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... ). DH loved the concept that we got "burped out " at our stop which just happens to be the busiest train station in Japan, Shinjuku Station, which sees 2 million people each day. I think we're going to need a couple of DH's sumo ...

Castle, Himeji, Japan travel blog

Castle

A travel blog entry by itsem

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Quite a stunning castle and rather well preserved meant several trips to Himeji-jo (castle).. Tracey, Jo and I made the trek out (ok so its only a couple of hours out of Osaka) sometime in Winter and so saw the Castle in the snow.. much excited jumping ...

Hajimimashte!, Osaka, Japan travel blog

Hajimimashte!

A travel blog entry by itsem

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For 18 months Tracey and I taught English in Japan. I taught those little kiddies how to say shut-up better than any other teacher they have ever had, noisy little rascals. Working for a small English School as a random teacher meant that I went to ...

Samurai Homes, Kanazawa, Japan travel blog

Samurai Homes

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... class samurais (members of a feudal powerful military class) once lived. Samurai were the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan- a rigid social caste system was established that placed the samurai at the top, followed by the farmers, artisans and ...

Mega Star, Osaka, Japan travel blog

Mega Star

A travel blog entry by itsem

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... ) but she stopped saying that during my bottoms starring moment.. must stop eating snickers bars! I had thought that the old men of Japan were just staring at me cause I was foreign and/or wearing flesh revealing clothing (oh my god you can see my ...

New apartment, Bentencho (Osaka), Japan travel blog

New apartment

A travel blog entry by itsem

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With temperatures soaring to 27 degrees already (summer has just begun), we are in for a hot summer, giving us a whole new topic to discuss in Japanese "its hot". This will no doubt show our Japanese friends how well rounded our Japanese really is, after ...

Which bath shall I take among plenty of SPA, Beppu, Japan travel blog

Which bath shall I take among plenty of SPA

A travel blog entry by itsem

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A visit from Anita meant that a trip somewhere in Japan was in order - so I hit on Beppu, famed for its hot springs and hot sand bath. Unfortunately (or more likely fortunately) the sand baths were shut by the time we worked up courage to go there, so we ...

Kobe and Osaka, Kobe and Osaka, Japan travel blog

Kobe and Osaka

A travel blog entry by hils

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Today I was woken ridiculously early (6.30am) by a really loud announcement over the tannoy in japanese. I found out later she was saying "Get up, it's bath and breakfast time." She then proceeded to give an indepth weather report. So much for a long ...

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