- 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!
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- 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
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).
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- 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
- Cycling, Coffee and Kinkakuji (Golden) TempleKinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion) is a spectacular pavilion covered in gold leaf and set in beautiful grounds said to represent the Pure Land of Buddha in this world.
The buildi Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Oct 30, 2014
- Arriving in JapanOur first impression of Japan is that the systems are in place to move people around incredibly efficiently. Within 45 minutes of our evening landing at the airport we are through immigration, we've collected bags, passed through customs and are Posted by Yeronga Dudes in Japan 2014 | Oct 29, 2014
- Last of Japan, first of KoreaRobin and Michele took off on Tuesday, and so I had Wednesday to do a little more exploring in Tokyo.
I spent the day at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, which has a pretty nice collection of Western art and Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 24, 2014
- Google Maps rules in Tokyo!The Tokyo public transportation system can seem somewhat intimidating - like this.
However, Google Maps is astonishingly good at giving accurate directions with trai Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 21, 2014
- Robots - The Final ChapterTuesday was the day for Robin's talk at the University of Tokyo, so getting ready and getting over there consumed most of the day. U Tokyo is a pretty standard university campus, with one attractive and unusual feature - Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 21, 2014
- Japan in the Rear View MirrorAfter successfully dodging an earthquake, a volcanic eruption and three typhoons in Japan, we are now in London getting battered by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.
But, we still have Japan on our minds.
It was chestnut time in Japan and the Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 21, 2014
- No Robots AT ALLAfter the madness of Sunday, I planned a quieter day while Robin and Michele visited friends. Decided on museum hopping. Sadly, I forgot the First Rule of Global Museum Visiting - All museums are closed on Monday everywhere!! Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 20, 2014
- Serenity, Shopping, Amusement and Moar Robots!Have I mentioned the weather? No - but the pics tell the tale. It has been absolutely perfect with temps in the mid 70's, blue skies and light breezes and Sunday was no exception.
We started out as usual Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 20, 2014
- Tokyo - more bots!On Saturday we headed out to [[http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3008.html|Odaiba]] - an artificial island that is a tourist destination and office park that looks just like the future. Our first stop was the [[http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/|National Muse Posted by tdeits in Around the world in 2014 | Oct 18, 2014