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Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and Saiho-ji (Moss Temple)

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and Saiho-ji (Moss Temple)

Warning this post will be very picture heavy and the pictures don’t even start to give both of these places justice. They are simply breathtaking and both so very sacred in their own ways. This was the optional tour to Nara day, however, Karen and I opted out as we...

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Kyoto

Kyoto

I think Kyoto is my favourite Japanese city. It just has so much going for it. I love how there are so many traditional Japanese shrines and homes still there but many modern buildings as well. The hotel we stayed at in Kyoto was the Hotel Resol Kyoto. This hotel was...

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A Day on our Own

A Day on our Own

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, it was to be an optional tour of Gokayama which was even further up into the mountains. By this time both Karen and I were getting tired and I certainly wasn’t used to or dressed for the cold. The activities on the optional tour sounded...

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Kanazawa City Tour

Kanazawa City Tour

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, was a really busy day. There was a lot on the itinerary and the weather was still cold (you can tell by how we are all bundled up. Our guide Yoshi provided us with daily diaries of the previous days events so todays post will be mostly in...

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Shinkansen Ride

Shinkansen Ride

Today we left Hakone by motor coach and travelled to Odawara station. On our travels we saw Odawara Castle from a distance and the bus driver kindly stopped so we could all take some photos.  From there we said good bye to the driver and headed into the station to...

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Hakone Japan

Hakone Japan

Hakone (箱根) is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than one hundred kilometres from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and...

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Let’s Head to Hakone!

Let’s Head to Hakone!

Well, I was hoping to be a little further along with these posts than I am. I got interrupted as Mom and I ended up going down to Seattle to visit my cousin for a very sad event. I think I posted earlier that my cousin's wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and...

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Last Day in Tokyo Asakusa District

Last Day in Tokyo Asakusa District

Well, we have come to the last day in Tokyo before heading to our next destination. For this day the weather had turned colder and although it didn’t rain, the sun was in short supply. Taiko Drum Museum Our first stop of the day was to a Taiko Drum Museum where we got...

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Meiji Shrine and Sumu Wrestling

Meiji Shrine and Sumu Wrestling

Yup, you saw that right! Sumo Wrestling! I wasn’t too sure about this part of the tour but I actually found it fascinating. Not the best picture of me either, a little blurry but that's what happens when others take the photo for you. Nothing like posing for pictures...

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Last Day of Japan Pre-Trip

Last Day of Japan Pre-Trip

Kiyosumi Garden On March 28, 2019, the last day of our pre-trip, we boarded a coach that took us to the beautiful Kiyosumi Garden. On this occasion, Yoshi had asked us if his wife could accompany him as it was the last day of this small group and of course, we said...

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