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  • Takayama, Japan The train ride to Takayama was one of the best we've taken. Firstly, it was on the Shinkansen bullet train, Posted by bloorsontour in Bloors on Tour | Dec 2, 2014
  • Kamakura, Japan We arrived at a small station near to Fujisawa (close to Mount Fuji and Kamakura) at night and hoped that our Air BnB host would Posted by bloorsontour in Bloors on Tour | Dec 1, 2014
  • Nikko Signs on the train say "Nikko is Nippon (Japan)" and the guidebook tells us it will be everything we think of when we imagine Japan... Our trains from Sendai run exactly on time, we arriv Posted by bloorsontour in Bloors on Tour | Nov 29, 2014
  • Matsushima, Japan[img=http://photos.traveller Posted by bloorsontour in Bloors on Tour | Nov 28, 2014
  • Tokyo, Japan[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/666235/6B04 Posted by bloorsontour in Bloors on Tour | Nov 27, 2014
  • Snow Monkeeeeeeeeeeeeys!After a train trip through the rain and the clouds to Nagano, we caught the Snow Monkeeeeeeeeeeey express. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/596678/large_20141125-DSC_8543 Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 26, 2014
  • TokyoTokyo is a very busy place! Lots and lots of people, pretty much everywhere. We're here over a long weekend so perhaps it is busier than usual, but maybe it's like this all the time. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/596678/large_20141121-DSC_8171 Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 25, 2014
  • UnoIn an effort to change the fortunes of some of the islands within Japan's inland sea, artists were invited to prepare installations on several islands. Over two days we visited two islands - Naoshima and Teshima. Many of Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 23, 2014
  • Hiroshima A brief train ride saw us arriving in Hiroshima where we tried the famous Hiroshima okonomiyaki, a type of savoury pancake wihich in this instance involved layers of crepe, noodles (eithe Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 19, 2014
  • Can you say "Konnichiwa" ? After 16 hours of travel in a seat that was a little too small for me (probably built for southern European people... thank Turkish Airlines), the wheels of the plane made contact with Japanese ground. Apparently I was not the Posted by Max Fischer in The Japan Experience | Nov 19, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Final DayLast day and everybody gathered for a final breakfast. Everybody was pretty glad not be rushing off and breakfast was a relatively relaxed affair - settle up for the alcohol bill, give back supa-gloves to Ben, finalise travel arrangements etc. Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 19, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 9Winter arrived last night carried on a howling and bitter wind! Last day of walking! Today was an optional walk up Mount Yufu - a long dormant volcano, towering over the hot spring (tourist) town of Yufuin. Today (when you could Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 19, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 8Much excitement as today's breakfast included a fried egg (sunny side up) as well as some bread, along with the usual variety of Japanese dishes. A range of methods were used to eat the egg with chopsticks! Today we visited the Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 13, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 7This morning we got up at 5:45 to help the priest greet the new day. Then as the sun was rising, we went up some more stairs to take part in an esoteric fire ceremony in wh Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 13, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 6Took a short walk around the island. Visited a (very) small temple looking out over a small inlet. Apparently on New Year's Eve this temple will hold 1,000 good hearted people who are hiding from the tax man! [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/59 Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 13, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 5Rainy day today. The morning walk was another ridge walk although nowhere near as challenging as the first day and somewhat shortened because the last half of the scheduled walk was too dangerous in the rain. [img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/596 Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 11, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 4Climbing, climbing and more climbing... Starting out at a dam, we climbed our way around Mt Yayama through a forest of Japanese Cypress, Japanese Cedar and Japanese Cork Oak (as well as quite a lot of bamboo). We stopped to Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 9, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 2We didn't mention the food in the previous entry. Absolutely amazing dinner with course after course of local produce coming out. Breakfast was also equally amazing, if not as comfortable for those of us with Western palettes - Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 8, 2014
  • Kunisaki Trek - Day 3The day started out with an opportunity to undertake a meditation with the local Buddhist monk at the temple next door to the Ryokan we were staying at. Some words of explanation are needed here. The temples are Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 8, 2014
  • Starting the Kunisaki TrekToday marked the start of the organised portion of our time in Japan, this being the Kunisaki Trek, organised through Walk Japan. We met our group at the information centre at the train station at Fukuoka - it was fairly easy Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 7, 2014
  • Have you ever....... had the experience of hopping in a lift and the lift closing but not moving straight away? You think "oh no, this lift is going to get stuck....why didn't I go to the loo?" I wonder how many lifts in Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 7, 2014
  • Fukuoka There seem to be more frequent trains between cities here in Japan than there are between Yeronga and Brisbane City and by the time the Shinkansen train leaves the station it is already goi Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 4, 2014
  • Mt Hiei and EnryakujiWhen we set out on our day trip to Mt Hiei it wasn't raining. By the time we got to the cable car it was pouring and then we transferred to the rope car by which time it was somewhat Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 3, 2014
  • Some more from KyotoThe Nishiki Market in downtown Kyoto is a tiny covered lane jam packed with seafood, souvenirs and eating places as well as other interesting stalls (and lots and lots of people). [img Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 3, 2014
  • Imperial Palace and GeishaWe rode through the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and thought we'd check whether there was any chance of tickets for the tour (apparently you need to apply ahead of time). We were in luck. The Palace is open Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Nov 3, 2014
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