Himeji Castle

When we originally started planning our trip to Japan, the idea was never to spend our three weeks there in November. Our dates were set for October, but things turned out so beautifully with Japan putting on its autumn cloak in November. From the start, I never thought I would see a cherry blossom whilst […]

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When spending so much time as we did in Japan you tend to open yourself to a level of experience that wouldn’t be possible on a quick ‘highlights’ tour. This is how we found ourselves on a hill – Mount Koya – sleeping over in a Buddhist temple in the town of Koyasan, finally orbiting […]

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Visiting Miyajima was one of the highlights of our trip, being such a diverse and interesting experience. It was like visiting a mini version of Japan, as this small island sums up all the things to enjoy in Japan in one go. There is the Toril Gate, standing like a bastion in the bay and […]

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This was such a fun thing to do with my daughter, who loved the well-oiled machine of ‘getting dressed in a Kimono’ in Kyoto. These type of shops are found all over Japan, as locals also use them for weddings and other ceremonies. Here are some photos of us picking our kimonos – we were […]

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Kyoto – Nara

This one turned out more adventurous than we anticipated, as we got mugged and laughed as other got mugged in turn. Yip, folk, you can get mugged in Japan by deer. Makes for a nice change 😉 Here some photos of an epic day, which the children loved. Needless to say, the deer got their […]

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Kyoto – Arashiyama

It seems to me as we’ve slowly slipped down a steep slope to tourist mania. Somehow in Tokyo, I got the feeling that the city just absorbed everybody, with tourists melting in with the rest. In Kyoto, things were different – there were rivers of crowds at some of the sites, and at others, there […]

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The quickest way to avoid a crowd is to go up a mountain. This seems to be true in Japan, where the tourist season, although running thin now, is a bit robust for us, who are used to 3rd world tourism. Read: sparse with loads of space. In Takayama, we ditched the crowds around the […]

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Kanazawa Fish Market Fun

Situated on the west coast of Japan, Kanazawa turned out to be a little culinary hotspot. We’ve heard about the legendary Kanazawa snow crab from our Japanese friends, but you need to see it to believe it. Well, here you go. Some photos for all those crab lovers! As usual, the Japanese do seasonal things […]

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