- 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 Tom's Travels | 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 Tom's Travels | 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 Tom's Travels | 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 Tom's Travels | 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 Tom's Travels | 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 Tom's Travels | Oct 18, 2014
- In Japan - and it's Japan Robot Week!It took us a while to link up after arriving in Tokyo at three different times and 2 different airports. The Haneda airport appears to be a perfectly good alternative to Narita, so don't pass it up if the Posted by tdeits in Tom's Travels | Oct 18, 2014
- An Autumn To Remember (Tokyo - Part 2)Tokyo
On my final morning, I went on an early walk to Rikugien Garden. This park might seem out of place in a bustling city such as Tokyo, but it comes to no surprise. Japan is after all, well known for Posted by chriskk in Plotting Memories | Oct 18, 2014
- The Protruding NailOne Japanese expression is, “The nail that sticks up should be hammered down,” and this philosophy of uniformity and orderliness permeates all aspects of daily life. There is nothing random about Japan or its people – everything in its place Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 18, 2014
- On to Japan! - arrivalI'm in Japan, it's 5 AM and I'm wide awake. Staying at the Hilton in Narita tonight and planning to meet up with Robin and Michele in the morning. The flight was fine - had a nap and Posted by tdeits in Tom's Travels | Oct 16, 2014
- Off the Beaten Track in KawagoeKawagoe used to be a sleepy rural town of wooden houses, but Tokyo has so spread its wings that it is now difficult to find a seam between the two. However, many of the ancient buildings were rebuilt after the Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 16, 2014
- Haute-cuisine a la JaponaisIt is Thanksgiving in Canada today and all of our friends will be tucking in to turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie. Typhoon Vongfon passed by us harmlessly in the night and left us with a beautiful sunny Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 14, 2014
- A Tourist’s Day in TokyoThree o’clock in the morning and crowds of bleary-eyed foreigners queue in the dark for a visitor’s ticket to the 5am auction at the Tsukiji fish market.We might have joined them, but we figured that a): We wouldn’t have a Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 11, 2014
- The Foothills of Fuji-sanThere is not a Japanese tour guide or travel advertisement that doesn’t feature Mt. Fuji on its front cover. But, while everyone comes in the hope of seeing the mountain, most get no better view than this…
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/171352/P1 Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 10, 2014
- KYO (Capital) TO (City)After taking such a liking to Osaka we stayed for much of the next day to enjoy the city before taking another bullet train to Kyoto. A 30 minute journey saw us arrive at the former Japanese capital city early Posted by Bakerfam in Baker travels 2014 | Oct 8, 2014