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  • Octonaughty’s GardenThe Underwater Kingdom of Okinawa - where you can dive deep without a scuba kit... ..but, yes Barbara we needed one of these instead! [img= Posted by Chortle in Chortle Portal | May 23, 2018
  • Nagasaki to Fukuoka - Wednesday, 23 May 2018Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, 2-18-25 Hakata Ekimae, Kahata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 812-0011, Japan - Room No 730 Last day of touring in Japan today and its raining. How disappointing because all our activities this morning are outdoors. First we visited t Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 23, 2018
  • The Modern Japan As an expert in Japanese culture (by way of watching ‘Monkey Magic’ on BBC2 at the age of five), I’ve always thought they have a strange sense of humour. The men are all very serious, in case their Posted by JonFisher99 in Chortle Portal | May 23, 2018
  • Ferry from Kumanoto to Shimbara - Tuesday, 22 May 2018Richmond Hotel Nagasaki Shianbashi, 6-38, Motoshikkuimachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagaskai - Room No 219 Today is a day of travel. Had a great sleep last night on a Japanese pillow that was as hard as a rock, with crunchy things in it. It Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 22, 2018
  • Shinkansen to Kokura to Kitsuki - Monday, 21 May 2018Hotel Takachiho, 1037-4 Mitai, Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho 882-11-1, Miyazaki Prefecture - Room No 215 [center][/center] The view from our room - Hiroshima Harbour. Up early Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 22, 2018
  • Sit and Forget in the TreesTraditional, authentic Japan may sound like a nonsense nowadays, but if you can find its source it is very special - reminiscent even of rhymes and tales of old... Hokkaido is a place that is gently farmed, a wilderness where everything Posted by Chortle in Chortle Portal | May 21, 2018
  • Terminating in Tokyo Leaving our very excitable host in Kyoto, we made our way over to the station to catch the bullet train I had reserved the day before, bound for Tokyo. The Japanese capital would in fact Posted by kmmk17 in World Travels 🌍 | May 20, 2018
  • Shimanami Kaido - Hiroshima - Sunday, 20 May 2018Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, 23-1 Motoujina-machi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 734-0012, Japan - Room No 1535 On the bus at 8am this morning and only an hour to have breakfast, clean our teeth and board the bus. We also have Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 20, 2018
  • Seto Ohashi Bridge, Takamatsu - Saturday, 19 May 2018Imabari Kokusai Hotel, 2-3-4 Asahi-machi, Imabari, Ehime Prefecture 794-8522 - Room No 1806 A 9am start today which means a more relaxed morning. This morning we crossed the inland sea over the Seto Ohashi Bridge to Shikoku Island. Seto Ohashi brid Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 19, 2018
  • Himeji to Kurashiki - Friday, 18 May 2018Washu Highland Hotel, Kurashiki; Okayama, Okaymama Prefecture, Japan - Room No 508 We have a much later start today - 9.15 am - so it is very nice to have a slower start to the day. This morning we drove for one Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 18, 2018
  • Kyoto - Thursday, 17 May 2018ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka, 1-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0004, Okasa Prefecture - Room No 1025 We were on the road by 8 am. Because of the demands of some of the new members on the bus, seat roation is now Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 17, 2018
  • JapanI was lucky enough to go back to Japan in April. Again, this was a work trip but this time I went with a Japanese person (always a bonus!) and after I had finished working I stayed in Japan by Posted by LaurenF3 in My Journey Around The World | May 16, 2018
  • Kyoto - Wednesday, 16 May 2018Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto, Takaragaike, Sakyuo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 606-8505, Japan - Room No 429 Today is the three year anniversary of my mother's death. Thinking of her especially today, as I do every day. Where has that Posted by gaddingabout in Grand Tour of Japan | May 16, 2018
  • Leaving Japan ... for real, finally Dai and I spent a couple of hours together at Aeon mall where we grabbed lunch from the supermarket and some groceries to take back to New Zealand. After lunch, it was time for him to rest before the night Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 18, 2015
  • Leaving Japan ... Take 3Quiet Narita village before the fair started. I had breakfast in town. I had done most of what I wanted in Narita [Narita-travel-guide-283388] so spent the morning in bed checkin Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 17, 2015
  • Leaving Japan ... Take 2Scenes from Narita-san Temple.After a breakfast of pastries, I checked-out and left my bag at the hotel reception. I began my exploration of the Narita [Narita-travel-guide-2833 Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 16, 2015
  • Leaving Japan ... Take 1Finally I have good weather which gives me a glimpse of Mount Fuji. I woke early this morning without an alarm. The sun was out way before 0600 I reckon. It’s nice to wake naturall Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 15, 2015
  • Exploring the Hakone area, minus views of Mt FujiSwitchback train. It was another early start with the alarm for 0600 for a shower, breakfast and packing up after 5 nights at the Tsukiji Business Ban Hotel. I left at 0700 and g Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 14, 2015
  • ShoppingCollapsible ladder in the toilet of the shopping centre. Today was the day that had been allocated to rest and shopping. While I don’t normally have much brand loyalty, I do rath Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 13, 2015
  • Washed out in NikkoGoj?not?; five-storeyed pagoda. I had set the alarm for 0640. I downed a simple breakfast with canned coffee, warmed up in a bain marie of boiling water. I was tired but I tried Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 12, 2015
  • Cycling, Harajuku, Yoyogi and RoppongiRenting a bike to cycle near the Palace moat area. I woke to a lovely clear sunny day, in fact, the only nice day forecast for my entire stay in Japan. It was perfect for cycling Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 11, 2015
  • Tsukiji Tuna Auction & ShinjukuWaiting for the tuna auction. The alarm rang at 0240. I got ready quickly and walked in the drizzle to the Tsukiji Fish Market’s Fish Information Centre. There were about 10 peop Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 10, 2015
  • Ueno, Asakusa and AkihabaraArriving at Ueno Park to the disappointment of cherry blossoms having largely disappeared. I started the day with a buffet breakfast in the hotel. It was a sumptuous Japanese and Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 9, 2015
  • Arriving at Big Smoke ... make that Biggest Smoke I left Kuching at a civilised time in the morning for Tokyo [Tokyo-travel-guide-285666] via KL on AirAsia and AirAsia X. The two hour transit in KL gave me enough time to fit in a quick light lunch at the lounge Posted by alexchan in 2015 Tokyo | Apr 8, 2015
  • Osaka, Nara and KyotoOsaka by night. Please note that links to external sites were correct when this blog was written. However, they may no longer be valid. Osaka was a city which I intended as a s Posted by alexchan in 2005 Trans-Mongolian Rail Journey | May 3, 2005
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