Photo: Inaricho Station

15th December 2014

Inaricho was our local station when we stayed near the more popular destination of Ueno. Inaricho is famous as a Funeral Shrine town – so who wouldn’t like to stay there? OK, maybe being known as a Funeral Shrine town isn’t something that will pull in the tourists from abroad; but it is a great location for staying in Tokyo (especially on a budget). Inaricho Station is located on the…

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Japan, December 15th 2014

15th December 2014

Returning to Heathrow for a second day, it was looking like there were more issues when after 30 minutes, they still hadn’t given us a gate to depart from. By now, even the Japanese passengers were beginning to show signs of frustration. Once Gate 13 (you couldn’t make it up) was shown, everybody breathed a small sigh of relief. The mood was further lifted by the apparent confidence of the…

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Japan, June 2014: Day Nineteen

2nd June 2014

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

1st June 2014

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 Sixteen

30th May 2014

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 Thirteen

26th May 2014

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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Japan, May 2014: Day Eleven

24th May 2014

You know that face you make when you’ve been standing next to a train for 3 minutes and just as you watch it leave you realise you were supposed to be on it? Well we were sporting that exact expression of confused despair as the Hikari 464 pulled out of Shin-Osaka.“I think we were supposed to be on that!” Is something I’d rather never have to say again. We had…

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