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Japan, June 2014: Day Nineteen

Up and out the door, we marched in the early morning heat to Kyoto Station; somewhat sad that we missed so much of this wonderful city, but also happy knowing that we had an awesome few days and will return! I’ve totally stolen Emma’s newest addition to the family – Danbo – a small toy of a cardboard robot. You’ll see this appearing frequently on our Facebook and Instagram feeds….

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Japan, June 2014, Day Eighteen

We actually got up! After yesterday’s exhausting trek, we actually managed to get our asses up and out the door before 7:00am. The walk to Kyoto Station seems to get shorter every day and we were soon on a local train heading to the western edge of the city. Like the toraii gates of Inari, another over photographed landmark is the bamboo forest of Arashiyama. As it was officially rated…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Seventeen

So 5:30am came around quick. Time to rise and shrine as we were off to Inari, a town south east of Kyoto.Inari is famous for one thing, the Shinto shrine to the god of rice. The pathway to the shine atop of Mt. Inari is lined with thousands of torii gates (donated by Japanese businesses) along the 4km route. It’s the #1 attraction when visiting Kyoto according to the guidebooks…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Sixteen

It’s so ridiculously hot, we’ve adopted a no sun policy and will currently do all we can to avoid being out in the heat during the day. However, we missed a mall yesterday and so decided to hit that before jumping on a train to a shrine – how very Kyoto of us. The plan was to walk through the station to the mall and then use the JR Pass…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Fifteen

Our last morning in Kagoshima was spent wandering around a local shopping street. We waved goodbye to Sakurajima, dumped our bags in lockers and explored the area behind the station. Unlike the central part of town, this is a sleepier backwater. The residents are of the older generation and tend to their shops in a more relaxed manner. As nothing opened until 10:00, we strolled around taking photos and planning…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Fourteen

Chilling out before heading into town for some dinner; our first impressions of Kagoshima have been exceeded on further exploration. I woke at 5am to catch the sun rise from behind the volcano and I can’t wait to see the photos on something bigger than my phone! We eventually got up about 9:00 (nothing opens much before 11:00 anyway) and hopped on a streetcar from the station opposite our hotel….

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Photo: Sakurajima, Kagoshima

It looks like a scene from Lord of the Rings, a smoking Mount Doom with the Eye of Sauron looking on; obviously this isn’t LOTR or indeed some CGI image of Middle Earth. There’s no Photoshop or fancy exposure techniques involved here – the hardest part of taking this photo was getting my ass out of bed at 04:30 to see the sunrise. I’m sure many people could do a…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Thirteen

We were sad to end our stay in Takayama, but after a couple of days we’d kinda seen all there was to see and whilst being waited on hand and foot may be for some, we were looking forward to becoming independent again Leaving the mountain town behind, we were heading as far south as the Shinkansen will take us. Once at Nagoya, we took the short trip to Osaka…

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