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Tokyo Art town Electric Town

Day 29  Japan Monday 9th November 2015 Today we had one of those travel experiences where you don’t remember how you found it – but you’re very glad you did.  I think it may have been through Time Out Tokyo.  We found an artisan market in the space under the rail line. 2K540 Artisan Market […]

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Spiritual Day in Tokyo

Day 31 and 32 – 11th and 12th November 2015 Today, after two days dedicated to shopping we agree a little spiritual and natural life is needed for balance. Close to us is both a recommended Shrine and a recommended garden. We headed off to visit the Meiji shrine set in beautiful gardens and woods. […]

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Waking up in Tokyo – Hello Kitty, Harajuku, and More

 Day 28  Japan Sunday 8th November 2015 We wake up in our floral covered futons on Tatami mats in Hello Kitty heaven – our Airbnb apartment in the heart of Harajuku We realise we are both tired and opt to lie in. Eventually hunger drives us out and we emerge to explore our very local […]

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Day 23 to 27 – As Beginners We Walk on the Nakasendo Way

Day 23-27 –  November 3 – 7th 2015 Nakasendo Way The Nakasendo Way – part of a network of ancient highways. Said to be part of the original Shogun way from Kyoto to Tokyo – and we were going to walk a bit of it. We had booked this part of our trip before we […]

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Japan Kyoto – Bokkens Hakama and More

Day 22 November 2nd 2015 Woke up had breakfast and headed out in search of the martial arts shop ‘Tozando‘. Darcy had given us a business card for the store and a request for a Bokken, (a Japanese Red Oak sword) and Hakama (Japanese pants). We set out first by train, then bus confused when […]

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A Day in Arashiyama

Day 21 November 1st 2015 Very early start – for us – up at 6am and off to Arashiyama to see the Bamboo Forest before the crowds arrived. On arrival we found our way to the forest, hoping for breakfast on the way but little was open in the early hours. The bonus was that […]

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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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