Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station

Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station

  Tōkaidō Shinkansen Travelling Through Nagoya Station, Aichi Prefecture Japan’s fourth-largest city, Nagoya is a modern metropolis with Nagoya Station – the world’s largest train station (by floor area) – at its heart. The Tōkaidō shinkansen train line runs between Tokyo and Osaka, taking it’s name from the Eastern Sea region it is in and referring to the historical road running throughout its length.   It was the first of the so-called ‘bullet trains’ to…

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Wadi Rum Jordan The Real Japan Rob Dyer

Interview With Travel For Stamps

Interview With Travel For Stamps Tifanee Baker who runs the travel blog Travel For Stamps has just published an interview with me on her blog. It’s about my global travel adventures not just limited to Japan – although, of course, Japan does feature highly. Tifanee is a licensed attorney from Texas. She also happens to be in love with travelling the world, including her own playground, the USA. Between ziplining in the rainforests of Puerto…

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Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture

Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture

Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture Ride the Miyagi mountain bus like a local! It’s a sunny day in May when the bus departs from the remote Zao Fox Village, weaving its way down winding mountain roads, passing through small villages and stopping half way down so the bus driver can take a cigarette break ;-). Miyagi Prefecture is in the northern Tōhoku region, on the main Japanese island Honshu. Tōhoku has a…

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Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

  Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, UK It’s that time of the year when the leaves are turning red, even in central London. So it must be time for the UK’s premiere Japanese festival – Japan Matsuri. This annual event, now in its ninth year, provides the ideal opportunity to sample Japanese culture in its many forms. From traditional crafts and martial arts, contemporary performances, alongside music and dance, there are, of course, always plenty…

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Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip

Some Secrets For A Japan Trip (Just A Japanese Girl) I had planned to do a live Periscope broadcast a few days ago with Saki of the Just A Japanese Girl blog and Periscope fame. Sadly, it didn’t happen due to some technology issues. :-( Saki is a dynamo of unfettered, enthusiastic, bubbly energy. She’s positively infectious! She’s also passionate about her love of traditional Japanese culture and wearing kimono – which she frequently shares…

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Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi

Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi

  Uonotana Fish Market, Akashi – Hyogo Prefecture You may have heard of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, but there’s another, lesser-known fish market that’s well worth a visit – and you won’t see any foreign tourists there – Uonotana. Akashi is a small port city in Hyogo Prefecture – not far from Kobe, on the way down the Seto Inland Sea coastline towards Himeji. For more than 400 years the locals have been fishing off…

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Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara)

Lunch, Sweets, Coffee and Naramachi (Nara) Naramachi is the former traditional merchant’s quarter in Nara – the old capital of Japan. Spending time, slowly walking around its narrow streets is evocative, like stepping back in time. Many of what were previously merchant stores and warehouses have been sympathetically rennovated; repurposed into a charming tapestry of boutiques, cafes, restuarants and craft shops – most of which are either family-run or solopreneur businesses. There’s no Starbucks or…

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Interview With AVO Blog

Interview With AVO Blog

The AVO Blog is an epic website in all senses of the word – it’s great and it is vast! Its focus is on Japanese music, with a good amount of anime, manga, and cosplay included for good measure. When AVO Blog announced their idea for a series of ‘First Time In Japan’ interviews with travellers in Japan – about their reflections on their first trip to Japan – I was curious. I thought this…

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Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya

Journey From Kansai International Airport to Ashiya (via Limousine Bus, Train and Taxi!) Join us as we travel in the evening from Kansai International Airport to Ashiya. On this particular occasion we had three legs to our journey: 1.) LIMOUSINE BUS – from outside Kansai International Airport to Nishinomiya At Kansai International Airport – look out for the security guard gliding around on his Segway. It’s so slow though, I’m not sure it’s a very…

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Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City

Senkoji Ropeway Cable Car, Onomichi City Onomichi City is in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu, facing the Inland Sea. It’s a gateway to a series of small islands sitting in the Inland Sea of Japan. The city features in the seminal 1953 Yasujirō Ozu film Tokyo Story. Onomichi’s many temples attract spiritual tourists from across Japan, but you rarely see foreigners here. The well-informed ones often visit Mt. Senkoji via the Senkoji…

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