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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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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 Yasujir┼Ź 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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Japan Course

Plan An Amazing Trip To Japan – FREE Course!

Free mini-course includes free Workbook & Checklist! How long have you had ‘Plan my dream trip to Japan’ on your wish list? Probably a while! Well, every day that your plan isn’t in place is a day you put back, delay, even abandon your dream of travelling to or exploring more of Japan. So I want to get you up and flying off to the land of the rising sun as quickly as possible! Each…

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Walking Around Ainokura Village, Gokayama

Walking Around Ainokura Village, Gokayama

Walking Around Ainokura Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture Ainokura is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains in the Gokayama area of Toyama Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu. Ainokura is part of a cluster of villages in the region renowned for their A-frame houses, or gassho-zukuri, with thick thatched roofs. The steep roofs are designed so that the heavy snow that falls in the area slips easily off…

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A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park In this short film, we take a relaxing stroll through the suburbs of Ashiya to Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park. Ashiya is our home when we are in Japan. It is in Hyogo Prefecture, (on the main island of Honshu) close to Kobe, and not far from Kyoto and Osaka. Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park is a modest municipal park built around a pond, where ducks, koi card and turtles make their homes. We walk along…

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Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

  Sit back. Relax. Let’s ride to the spa. Kobe Minato Onsen is a luxury contemporary ryokan and natural hot spring, just five minutes from the heart of Kobe city centre. Located in a prime location, overlooking Kobe’s famous Harbourland, the hotel offers extensive, spa, health, dining, pool, sporting, yoga, personal training and relaxation facilities. Not only for guests but to those taking advantage of its Day Spa – which we indulged in. Included within…

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N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

  The N700 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train with tilting capability developed jointly by JR Central and JR-West for use on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines since 2007, and also operated by JR Kyushu on the Kyushu Shinkansen line. In this short film shot at Shin-Osaka Station we travel up the escalator to walk along the platform to view a N700 bullet train preparing and then departing the station.     Location…

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Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, also known as Sentsubo Kofun, is an ancient burial ground between Kobe and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (which can be seen in the film). Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb is the largest keyhole shaped tomb mound in Hyogo Prefecture, constructed around the end of 4th century. The site has been restored to the original construction. The sides of the large tomb are covered in fukiishi, which are stones taken from nearby riverbeds, typically used…

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Exploring Kyoto’s 15 Storey Train Station

Exploring Kyoto’s 15 Storey Train Station

  Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan with its amazing wealth of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, is on many people’s ‘to do’ list when travelling in Japan. Most arrive here via train at Kyoto Station. And, although it probably wasn’t on their list of ‘must see’ sights when in Kyoto – it really ought to be. It’s incredible! One of Japan’s most iconic pieces of public architecture, designed by Hiroshi Hara and opened…

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A Secret Tour of Tokyo National Museum

A Secret Tour of Tokyo National Museum

Noh Mask, Edo period, 18th Century The very first time I went to Japan it was mainly for leisure, but also partly for business. I was working in intellectual property (copyright) licensing at the time and, although my employer was a UK-only not-for-profit agency, it is a member of a global federation of intellectual property rights organisations. Meaning they had a counterpart in Japan. And the one in Japan was some years behind in its…

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