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Yudanaka: Onsen, Ryokan and Snow Monkeys

Yudanaka: Onsen, Ryokan and Snow Monkeys

We were getting a little travel weary from our Japanese explorations, not that we were bored, it’s just our ageing muscles we’re throbbing from the long hours of walking and hiking that we’d been enjoying.   We decided a couple of days recuperation and relaxation were in order, before we headed back to Tokyo to complete our visit […]

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Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Takayama

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Takayama

In our last travel blog post, we visited some amazing Japanese temples and experienced the annual cherry blossom spectacular. In this update, we decided to travel into the countryside so we set off  in direction of the Japanese Alps.   We would be traveling to Kanazawa by train then by local buses through the mountains to Shinikawa-go before ending up […]

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Japanese Kindness in Kyoto & Nara

Japanese Kindness in Kyoto & Nara

Having looked at the price of accommodation in Kyoto and Nara (staying overnight in either of these places is nearly double the price of cheap digs available in Osaka) we decided that Osaka would be our base for the next few days as we explored a bit more of the Kansai region. With our Japan […]

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Hiroshima and Miyajima
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Hiroshima and Miyajima

Traveling from Osaka to Hiroshima Our first journey from Osaka took us to Hiroshima, and gave us our inaugural ride on the bullet train.   A mere hour and half after stepping on at Shin-Osaka we were in Hiroshima, 306km away.  We had hurtled there at over 180kmph through tunnels and along the Shinkansen high speed track. We […]

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First Stop in Japan is Osaka

First Stop in Japan is Osaka

We have been in Japan for a week now and I am only just getting round to writing up our first blog. Why? Japan is busy, its fast and we are trying to pack in as much as we can into our three weeks. Our flight from Manila was perfectly fine especially as we managed […]

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