- A Tall Tale of Temples and a Thousand Toriis.Long, long ago, before the shoguns and samurais ruled this ancient land, much of the power lay in the hands of the priests. Things have changed, but old habits are hard to kick and a sizeable chunk of the population Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 1, 2014
- Nagasaki, Trading port to the West==Introduction==
Nagasaki City is located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu Island. Through out its long history, the city itself has seen many changes due to it being an important and only trading port with the West during the Edo period of Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Kanazawa, The City of Gold. | Sep 30, 2014
- Konichiwa Tokyo! (Part 1)Tokyo
A surprise work-meeting chance brought me to Tokyo for a short trip, but boy, did I squeeze every last second possible out of it :D
My Tokyo journey posts are divided into three segments, namely : tourist attraction (part 1 & Posted by chriskk in Plotting Memories | Sep 29, 2014
- On Track in KyotoWe came to Kyoto in search of the numerous aging temples and shrines that dot the landscape of this, the ancient capital of Japan. But as soon as we stepped off the high speed Shinkansen train from Nagoya we found Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Sep 29, 2014
- JapanWe had a very lazy day on Saturday and missed everyone else getting up and going where they had to be. After we finally did get up we decided to try and find the beer museum again. This time we Posted by MaggieSyd in Our Adventures | Sep 28, 2014
- Okinawa, The ropeway to the South==Introduction==
Okinawa is situated in the middle of South China Sea and in between Taiwan and Kyushu. The word Okinawa can be broken down in to 2 characters, 'oki' meaning open sea and 'nawa' meaning rope, and it basically means Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Kanazawa, The City of Gold. | Sep 28, 2014
- OH-SAKAOn the move again today, from Hakone to Osaka. We're getting better at the relatively early starts; in reception ten minutes prior to 9am pickup today. Punctuality is super important in Japan, i.e. your being ten minutes early is expected Posted by Bakerfam in Baker travels 2014 | Sep 27, 2014
- Takayama, The Hidden Gem of Gifu Prefecture==Introduction==
Takayama(高山) is located in Gifu Prefecture located in the Chubu region of mainland Japan. It is sandwiched in between Fukui in the north, Aichi in the south, Nagano from the east and Shiga from the west. The region Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Kanazawa, The City of Gold. | Sep 26, 2014
- A Beginner’s Guide to The Nakasendo Way.
The Nakasendo Way (the central mountain route) was one of five main roads established by the shoguns of the Edo period and it has connected Tokyo to Kyoto since the early 1600s. Some six Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Sep 26, 2014
- Kanazawa, The City of Gold.==Introduction==
Kanazawa (金沢) is located in Ishikawa prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan, which is situated along the west coast of the main island facing the Sea of Japan. Like Kyoto, Kanazawa is a city of modernity with reminiscence Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Kanazawa, The City of Gold. | Sep 26, 2014
- Life in Nagano PrefectureDuring my stay in Japan I have lived in Nagano Prefecture twice on separate occasions. I was placed to work as a gondola operator at a famous ski resort with in the Hakuba Village called 'Hakuba 47 Wintersports Park'. Posted by Ohana_Matsumae in Kanazawa, The City of Gold. | Sep 26, 2014
- JapanThe next day in France we had a lovely time in Montreuil-sur-Mer, an old walled city. There was a craft fair on, not that one should expect too much from this and then one isn't disappointed when it isn't much. Posted by MaggieSyd in Our Adventures | Sep 26, 2014
- Death by sushi in HakodateMost of our time in Hakodate was spent shoving tasty little bundles of sweet rice and raw seafood into our faces. The restaurant we were taken to was based on the "Sushi Train" principle, with dishes circulating on a long Posted by mkali54 in Walls to Wall | Sep 25, 2014
- The Final LegThe day has finally arrived. We are heading back home from this long trip after 18 weeks. While Stacey and Ben finish packing up all of luggage I had one last thing to do. After failing to secure tickets for Posted by CulinarySojourn in Culinary Sojourn | Sep 25, 2014
- A wee dram in old OtaruFirst landfall in Japan.
The first activity of the day was to negotiate a serpentine queue from one end of the ship to the other to have our fingerprints and photos taken by Japanese immigration officials.
The main object of our bus Posted by mkali54 in Walls to Wall | Sep 24, 2014
- Kamakura, JapanKamakura was once the seat of power in Japan centuries ago and still hold onto some of those traditions. The main draw is the second largest Buddha in Japan (the largest is in Nara). This one is made of metal Posted by CulinarySojourn in Culinary Sojourn | Sep 24, 2014
- The Dirt on Japanese BathroomsThe Japanese are obsessively clean and it is rare to find a scrap of litter or speck of dirt - we even saw one woman carefully dusting the cobwebs off her garden flowers. Whenever we have a few spare moments Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Sep 24, 2014
- An unexpected visitor
We returned yesterday evening from happy hour in the martini bar Posted by mkali54 in Walls to Wall | Sep 23, 2014
- ONSENThursday & Friday:
After saying 'sayonara' to Tokyo early Thursday morning, we headed to the main station to board our first Shinkansen (bullet train) venturing 80 km south to Odawara. A short bus trip got us safely to Hakone our next Posted by Bakerfam in Baker travels 2014 | Sep 22, 2014
- Day trip to MiyajimaAnother scorching hot day here in Japan!
Miyajima was at her best, and even on a public holiday when the crowds really get to the island, it was still strangely serene.
We took the cable car (ropeway) up Mt Misen, and Posted by Bret W in Matamata College - Japan 2014 | Sep 23, 2014
- Tokyo, JapanTokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world and our last major stop on our circumnavigation trip. Not really a single city, more of a collection of several large cities that have a complex system of public and private Posted by CulinarySojourn in Culinary Sojourn | Sep 22, 2014
- Nagoya, JapanLeaving Ise for Tokyo, we traveled on the Kintetsu railroad to the industrial city of Nagoya. One of the largest cities in Japan, it is famous for sumo, cars and being a transportation hub to get to or from Tokyo. Posted by CulinarySojourn in Culinary Sojourn | Sep 22, 2014
- Walking the Nakesendo WayThe weather has been fantastic since we arrived in Japan and today was no exception. It was dry, sunny and pleasantly warm as we prepared to scale the Torii Pass from Narai to the Kiso Valley. The pass is only Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Sep 22, 2014
- A Slipper for Every Occasion
We may only be a train ride and short walk from the modern city of Matsumoto but we have stepped way back in time and are staying in a two hundred year old coaching inn in the ancient town of Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Sep 21, 2014
- Ise, JapanHeading east from Osaka, we traveled to the city of Ise. While relatively unknown outside Japan, it is the location of the major shrines of the indigenous religion of Shinto. The main temple dedicated to the Sun Goddess is here Posted by CulinarySojourn in Culinary Sojourn | Sep 21, 2014