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Today was mostly spent travelling the long distance from Kyoto to the remote island of yakushima. We took a bullet train to Osaka then changed train to one bound for Kagoshima. From there we somehow made it onto a bus to the port. We boarded a jetfoil at 16:00 and had a pleasant 2 hour journey across with lovely sea views. On arrival in yakushima we were immediately hit by the different climate. It was like being in ...
... lined streets, and Sakurjima, Kagoshima's version of Vesuvius.
The tour of today is of a nearby town, Chiran. Chiran is a small town in the middle of the Satsuma in Kagoshima Prefecture. Within the town there is a preserved Samsurai district with houses and gardens that date back about 250 years. Chiran's isolated location at the southern end of Kyushu has allowed the district to keep much of its historical character intact.
At 1 ...
March 30, at sea
Another beautiful sunrise. We are somewhere south of Kobe, sailing on the Pacific Ocean. The outside air is much nicer than previous mornings, probably mid 60s—much nicer than in Tokyo. At 7:30 in the morning we grab a table in the Terrace Cafe and settle down to another super caloric buffet breakfast.
Over the breakfast table Judith and I are discussing people we ...
... It is close to the port from were I will take tonight the ferry to Okinawa.
This will be a 25 hour trip, after which I will soon after meet my wife Elisabeth again, who will fly in from Australia!
Well, next time you may hear from both of us from the lovely Island Okinawa, a place I lived with my family for four years, a place with many nice memories, nice to be there again and see what changed in the last fifteen ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
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