Minoh/Mino-o Area

After breakfast, Taeko’s husband gave us a lift to the subway station and Taeko, Ela and I got the subway to Umeda where we met up with Taeko’s english teacher and friend for our excursion to Minoh/Mino-o – spelling seems to be interchangeable! We got the train to Mino-o station and then walked through beautiful […]

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Nara

Taeko made us a nice breakfast and then her daughter picked Taeko and us up with her two girls, and drove us to Nara. Our first stop was at Horyuji Temple. The complex has the oldest wooden structure in the world, apparently. Fortunately, it wasn’t so very over-run with tourists. Then we walked over to […]

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Hikone

We had seen most everything I’d planned to see in Kyoto and had the day to kill, so, since we still had our JR Pass, we decided to make use of that and go to Hikone Castle. It’s about an hour away from Kyoto – about 1.5 from Osaka, our destination that evening – so […]

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Another day in Kyoto

We had another Saturday in Kyoto – this one was overcast though. I did some research as to which places we hadn’t been to that were unlikely to be filled with tourists. We were half lucky 🙂 After coffee we bought ourselves the 600 Yen all day subway ticket – this wasn’t as easy as […]

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Himeji

We had our last brekky at the Guesthouse and then dragged our luggage to the ferry and train and bought ourselves some lunch to have on the hour long bullet train journey to Himeji. I’d been to Himeji castle before, but it was 22 years ago… Chiko had organised a tour guide for us. She […]

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Miyajima Day 2

I woke up fairly early and looked out the window to see what we were in for. Outside was something white, which I took for a cat at first. Then it got up and I thought it was a fox. When I got a closer look I realised it wasn’t that either, and discovered it […]

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Miyajima Day 1

Last breakfast with our tour today! Breakfast at the Osaka hotel was very boring, so no photo. We left the hotel and caught the subway and then the train to Hiroshima. We’d intended to go to the Peace Dome, but the Summit Meeting and Obama were in Hiroshima, so we decided not to even try […]

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Japan Food Tour – Koyasan

An early start to get to Koyasan today. After packing our main suitcase last night and handing it in for couriering to Osaka, we traveled super-light to Koyasan. First walking to the subway, then catching the subway (so full!), a train, then another JR train, then a different (Nankai) train and then a cable car, […]

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