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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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Exploring The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge – Akashi Kaikyo

Exploring The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge – Akashi Kaikyo

Most people won’t have heard of the small island of Awaji. It can be found in the Inland Sea, just between the main island of Honshu and Shikoku – the smallest, least populous, and least visited of Japan’s four main islands. Connecting Awaji to the mainland of Honshu is the Akashi Kaiyko Bridge – the longest single span suspension bridge in the world. Opened in 1998, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft; 1.237 mi), its central span dwarfs…

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How To Eat Your Way Around Japan

How To Eat Your Way Around Japan

One aspect of Japanese culture that strikes many travellers who explore Japan is just how distinctive the variation is in regional foods. And how you can get a speciality in one region – but nowhere else in the country. The Japanese are very proud of this variety, and do a lot to not only preserve this regional character, but go positively overboard in promoting these differences with package tours built entirely around travelling to another…

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