Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Two

5th June 2014

We planned to visit the Onsen resort town of Ikaho, at the foot of Mt. Haruna; however, with the rain beginning to fall, we made a last minute decision to head towards something based indoors. As we drove through Shibukawa, I spotted a VIP style Nissan Cima parked in a gravel car park and had to pull in to take some photos. Whilst I was doing this, the most bizarre…


Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty One

4th June 2014

When you’re staying between two awesome mountains (Haruna and Akagi) and have an 86 to play with, we had no option than to make the most of today by heading to a petting zoo. Ikaho Green Bokuj┼Ź is a large farm centre that is geared up for kids – perfect for us then. They also produce their own dairy products here, so the food is amazing. With goats and sheep…


Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty

3rd June 2014

I can honestly say today has been my favourite day of the trip. Waking on time and with a spring in my step, Emma and I navigated the busiest station in the world – at rush hour – and took the Chuo line out of the city. Our destination was Kokubunji; a small, sleepy suburb to the far west of the city. I am pretty sure nobody has ever visited…


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….


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…


Japan, May 2014: Day Seventeen

31st May 2014

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…


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…


Japan, May 2014: Day Fifteen

29th May 2014

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…


Night in Kagoshima

27th May 2014

The last night in Kagoshima consisted of a Ferris Wheel ride, steak dinner and a stroll around town finishing with alcohol and parfait in the park. As you can imagine, the quality of the photos deteriorated somewhat, so here’s the usable ones. (I should have taken a tripod)  


Japan, May 2014: Day Fourteen

27th May 2014

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….