Archive | October, 2015

Kyoto Temples and More October 31st

Day 20 31st October 2015 Kyoto Yoshimizu Ryokan After a night of slippers on – slippers off as I went on several expeditions to the toilet we woke up to our beautiful room with view of the garden. Out to a lovely simple breakfast where we discovered one of our fellow residents was an artist […]

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Travelling Japan: Yunomine to Shingu and on to Kyoto

Day 18 – 19 October 29th – 30th 2015 Reluctantly left the lovely little town of  Yunomine. We caught a local bus to Hitari where the traditional boat ride on the Kumano River to Shingu began. Our day included the boat trip and then walking tour of Shingu. The trip covered some of the river […]

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Kayaking in Kumano Kodo

Day 16 – 17 October 27th and 28th Katsu our guide and owner of Kumano Experience picked us up and took us to the putting in site on the Kumano River. “The Kumano River is part of the Kumano Kodo and is the only waterway on the planet that is registered as a UNESCO World […]

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Kumano Kodo – The Pretenders!

Day 15 Japan Oct 26th 2015 Yunomine to Hongu Pretenders, that’s what we were for a little of today. Two beautiful walks on the Kumano Kodo – following the path of pilgrims but for us, without the distance. After a delicious and entertaining breakfast, at Minshuku Yamane, as our host animatedly explained, in rapid Japanese, […]

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Yunomine Onsen – A Good Decision

October 25th  Kii Katsuura to Yunomine Onsen Should we go to Shingu and get the bus directly to Yunomine Onsen? Should we stick with our original plan to get a bus from Kii Katsuura? Given what we had found out through the Web, Tourist Information, and Sananda we decided to stick with the plan we […]

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The First of the Grand Three – Nachi Taisha Shrine

October 24th 2015 Day 13 Nachi Taisha After breakfast prepared by Sanada-San we were popped in the car and whisked off the the entrance to the Nachi Taisha one of the shrines which forms part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. The entrance includes the Daimon-zaka […]

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Good Bye Nara Hello Katsuura

Nara Japan 23 October 2015 Today up and sitting down to another outstanding Chiaki breakfast at 8am. We had discovered overnight that the a railway guy had booked us on the wrong date for the train so we decided to head out early and sort it out. The breakfast was amazing the classic folded Japanese […]

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Nara on Foot

  Woke to a beautiful, delicate, and completely unexpected breakfast prepared by Chiaki. A particular surprise – given we had been commenting prior to our visit to Japan that AirBnB was mostly minus the second ‘B’. The breakfast B. Not so here, a delectable multi-dish brekky on an exquisite array of little dishes. Served with […]

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Nara or Bust

  Kawaguchiko to Nara Japan 21st October 2015   A fond farewell to Yuko and Cam,the boys,Ingrid,Andy,the twins and Virginia.Geoff and Gay and us two head for the station.G and G heading for Kyoto and us for Nara.We get a bus to Mishima where we are to board the Shinkansen for Kyoto.At the bus stop are […]

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Mt Fuji and More

The ever present temptation of travelling. Do we get out and do everything we possibly can at every opportunity? Or is it OK to call a halt and take a break? Today I decided I really wanted to hang around and enjoy our magnificient room  Komonasou Ryokan at Lake Kawaguchico. “There’s a 16km cycle around […]

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