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  • Hiroshima to OsakaAfter waving goodbye to our new Buddhist friends we continued south to Hiroshima, a city still struggling to emerge from the shadow of its tragic history. Since the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, 'Hiroshima' has become synonymous with Posted by kate1401 in The World Ahead | Jul 20, 2013
  • PILGRIMS HAVE MORE FUN: Four Days of Excess-- Err, HOLINESS.Oh yes, this blog was a thing I was doing. Hello, blog. I am back to write you. Let's pretend I wasn't ignoring your calls for six months? Aww, you're so forgiving. That's why I love you. So, SHIKOKU PILGRIMAGE. The big Posted by Niadra in I Can Haz Enlightenment? | Jul 15, 2013
  • Day 15 - Kyoto - Tokyo, JapanWe left our hotel, bought our breakfast in the 7eleven and caught the subway to Kyoto before boarding to 10.56 shinkansen to Tokyo. Once in Tokyo station, we headed for the luggage lockers to stow our rucksacks so that Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 9, 2013
  • Kyoto and Living With MonksI think when people visit a new place, they set out with an idea in their heads of how they expect it to look. I include myself in this. You see photos, read books, watch films, and piece together a Posted by kate1401 in The World Ahead | Jul 9, 2013
  • Day 14 – Kyoto by foot, JapanToday we explored Kyoto on foot. We left the hotel and bought the usual breakfast which we consumed on a park bench. As it was incredibly humid, and already wet on the ground, I suggested we went back Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 8, 2013
  • Day 13 – Hiroshima, Japan === Hiroshima === As I awoke at around 7am, I could not remember where we were or which hotel we were in. I quickly went through the hotels in my mind before remembering we w Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 7, 2013
  • Day 12 - Osaka to Kyoto==Imperial Palace== We left our hotel early, planning to go to Hiroshima for the day. We arrived at Shin-Osaka at 9am; however the next possible train wasn’t until nearly 11.30am. We decided to head to Kyoto and boarded Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 6, 2013
  • Day 11 - Osaka Castle This morning we stopped for breakfast at family mart. We had the sweet roll thing from the Reyoken and also a chocolate version. We visited Osaka castle, which had an exhibition over 8 Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 5, 2013
  • Day 10 - Osaka, JapanWe awoke just before 8am and sure enough our breakfast was waiting outside our door. Today we were left 12 croissants! There was also the longest note that we have yet to receive. We had 3 croissants Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 5, 2013
  • Day 9 - Takayama, JapanWe were awoken somewhat abuptly by the phone ringing just before 8am. Shortly afterwards there is a tap on the door and a lady is stood there with an unexpected breakfast on a tray. We have green tea and Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jul 3, 2013
  • Tokyo: Two Needles in a HaystackAfter originally planning on spending four days in Tokyo, we somehow found ourselves nine days later only just boarding our bus to Kyoto. On the face of it this may seem excessive, however it soon became clear on our ninety-minute Posted by kate1401 in The World Ahead | Jun 30, 2013
  • Day 8 - Tokyo to Takayama, Japan ==Takayama== We checked out of our hotel in Tokyo and took the metro up to Tokyo Central Station. Once at the station, we got some breakfast and waited for our train. The fis Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 27, 2013
  • Day 7 - Shopping, Rain and a lot of Food===Harajuku=== Having overslept, we set off at 11 and looked into the possibility of seeing some Japanese traditional theatre known as Kabuki; however there was none on today at the Japanese National Theatre. We caught the metro, where we sto Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 27, 2013
  • Day 6 - Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market==Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo== Our alarms were set for 5am so that we could head down to the harbour for the world famous Tokyo fish market. We caught the metro at 5.30am and arrived at the entrance to the Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 27, 2013
  • Day 5 - Nikko, Japan We set off to Tokyo station to catch our bullet train at 10.20am. For breakfast we had a couple of cinnamon sugar pretzels. We caught the bullet train to Utsonomiya, where we had a hal Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 27, 2013
  • Day 4 - Tokyo: The SightsWe set off for breakfast at around 9.30am and found a bakery style café in Tokyo main station. We then set off on our adventure, taking a regional train to Lleno, where we walked through the park. In Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 27, 2013
  • Culture whilst kipping in cafés Having arrived in Matsue first thing on the night bus I headed into town and found myself a cheap, if empty, hotel. First stop was Matsue-Jo whose original donjon is one of the largest i Posted by t galtress in Wanderlust; it's a big old world | Jun 27, 2013
  • Onwards The last few weeks at Egaonomori were spent tying up loose ends and finishing off the various projects we had started over the past couple of months. As the autumn colours started to c Posted by t galtress in Wanderlust; it's a big old world | Jun 27, 2013
  • Farm Life and Zen gardens Whoever thought it was a good idea to teach 8 year old boys karate was severely mistaken. Combining little boys natural energy and love of violence with a working knowledge of Posted by t galtress in Wanderlust; it's a big old world | Jun 26, 2013
  • Day 3 - Tokyo, JapanTokyo airport has an incredibly efficient immigration border control, which is rendered pointless due to the inability to unload the bags and cases at more than one a minute. Oh well! [float=left][img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/600993/Japan_014 Posted by Roaming Rolts in Japan | Jun 26, 2013
  • Nuclear bombs and floating temples Half way through my time at Egaonomori we were given a 4 day break to go explore somewhere slightly further afield. Originally we had planned to visit Kyoto, however Brooke (the american Posted by t galtress in Wanderlust; it's a big old world | Jun 24, 2013
  • First Impressions I met the volunteer group I would be spending the next 80 days with at Fukuoka airport and together we headed a couple of hours into the middle of Kyushu to the small farming village where Posted by t galtress in Wanderlust; it's a big old world | Jun 24, 2013
  • Packing it All InJune 20, 2013 Today was our last full day. Wow we have been here for 29 days already! WOOOW! This morning I pulled weeds for a celebratory final time (hooray!) and then went back to sleep before I needed to get Posted by adventuregirl3 in Nihon 日本 | Jun 20, 2013
  • Plum Rains & Firefly Nights of Takehara BGM: 花咲く旅路 ("Hanasaku Tabiji") by 原由子(Hara Yuko) The rains of June have finally come. For many people, the rainy season, called tsuyu in Japanese (梅雨, "plum rain"), is the most miserable time of the year. Mold grows on food, bathroom Posted by GenkiLee in Romancing the Ring of Fire | Jun 19, 2013
  • Chmura Sisters' Night OutJune 19, 2013 Today was rather uneventful in the morning. I had no class because Barbara gave us the option of skipping her 9th grade girls class that we normally have. They were playing Bingo to review for their test. I Posted by adventuregirl3 in Nihon 日本 | Jun 19, 2013
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