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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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Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

All aboard! This film follows the journey onboard the steam locomotive exhibit ride at Kyoto Railway Museum in Kyoto. The original Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum opened in 1972, but was expanded and modernized in 2016, becoming the current day Kyoto Railway Museum. For a small additional fee, passengers can access the steam locomotive exhibit and ride in cars pulled by one of the actual steam locomotives kept and maintained at the museum. The 1km round-trip…

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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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Osaka Monorail Arriving at Osaka International Airport

Osaka Monorail Arriving at Osaka International Airport

  I’m a sucker for travelling on monorails. When I was small, the comics, science fiction magazines and books I used to read frequently included monorails. To me they looked like the future. There wouldn’t be any old-fashioned buses in the future, we’d all be travelling on monorails. Sadly, it didn’t quite turn out like that. At least, not yet! Thankfully, Japan still harbours a fondness for monorails. This one runs into Osaka International Airport…

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A Spring Day Exploring Sendai City

A Spring Day Exploring Sendai City

Let’s explore Sendai City… We start, as many do, in front of Sendai (train) Station. We then hop onto the Sendai City Loop Bus (Loople Sendai) and ride the bus out of the heart of city, up to the location of Aoba Castle. Where there are terrific views over the city skyline below. We head back into the city centre to see some folks taking photos with a group of samurai warrior cosplayers. Finally, we…

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Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Aburaya ryokan can be found in Takahashi – a small city in Okayama Prefecture, towards the southern end of the main island Honshu. Nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, Takahashi is often used as a base for those visiting the nearby Bitchū Matsuyama Castle. We were here mid-winter, in early January, as an overnight stop before heading up Mount Gagyu early the following morning to explore Bitchū Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s highest castle.  …

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Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival

Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival

Around Golden Week (a holiday in Japan from the end of April to early May) the Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival is held in Tennogawa Park. Families, young couples, senior and school parties gather every year to celebrate Japanese wisteria – the official flower of Tsushima. Tsushima is a city located in Aichi Prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan – on the main island of Honshu.   Official Aichi Prefecture Tourism website (Owari Tsushima Wisteria…

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Kumano Hongu Heritage Center, Tanabe (360° View)

Kumano Hongu Heritage Center, Tanabe (360° View)

All of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes lead to Hongu, the traditional “crossroads” of the Kii Peninsula, in Wakayama Prefecture. In this short clip you get a full 360° view of the area and surrounding mountains as seen from the rear of the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center. In the distance you can see Oyunohara Otorii – the largest torii shrine gate in the world at 34 metres tall and 43 metres wide. The modern Kumano…

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Travel In Defiance of Terrorism

Travel In Defiance of Terrorism

 The date: 13th November 2015. I was already tired when I got on the plane at London Heathrow. I rarely sleep much on planes and tend to use the eleven-twelve hour flight between the UK and Japan as an opportunity to catch up on films missed at the cinema. I was already tired when I got on the plane at London Heathrow I also prefer to stay awake during the flight, getting into the destination…

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