Tokyo

After an amazing day in Nikko we headed to Tokyo, our final destination of the trip! We’d originally planned to spend our final 5 nights in a hotel but due to Golden Week prices on our first night were ridiculously high so we decided to have 1 final night in a hostel and the remaining […]

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Nikko

After a short stay in Takayama and with a slightly less painful foot we hopped on the train and headed to Nikko. Nikko is a small town nestled in amongst the mountains and is known for it’s temples, shrines and as the entrance to the Nikko National Park. Unfortunately we only had 1 night in […]

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Takayama

After 3 nights in Hiroshima we hoped back on the Shinkansen and headed to a little mountain town called Takayama. Takayama is known for it’s high quality timber, highly skilled carpenters and Sake! Like few other Japanese cities Takayama still retains a traditional touch and has fast become the town of choice for travellers wanting […]

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Miyajima

Just a short train ride from Hiroshima is the island of Miyajima – known for its giant Torii Gate – which at high tide seems to float on the water – beautiful walks and deer! The approach to Miyajima and the Torii Gate is ranked as one of the top 3 views in Japan and […]

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Kyoto: Shrines & Temples… Part 2…

One of the most celebrated temples in Japan and a popular spot with tourists of all nationalities is Kiyomizudera Temple perched high on the hill side overlooking the city! The temple is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow residential streets. The temple was built […]

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Kyoto… Part 3…

As well as it’s history and architecture Kyoto (and Japan in general) is a great place to spot wildlife! During our time in Japan we’ve seen herons, cranes, turtles, frogs, lizards and lots and lots of koi carp! As a break from the temples and shrines we decided to walk the Philosophers Path (Tetsugaku no […]

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Kyoto

After a 4 night stay in the beautiful Nara we headed to our next destination, Kyoto! Kyoto is a large city with a population of 1.5 million and is known predominantly for it’s temples & shrines (post to follow). Despite booking our accommodation in advance it was really difficult finding hostels that could accommodate us […]

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Nara

After the hustle and bustle of the big city we hopped on the train for our next destination Nara! Nara is one of Japan’s oldest cities and is steeped in history and culture. As the former capital of Japan (710 – 784) there’s a lot of tradition and the temples, shrines, parks and hills are […]

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Kuranda… Part 2…

After a stunning ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway we arrived at the small village of Kuranda! Kuranda is a quirky place with an laid back, relaxed, hippy vibe and is home to artisans of all descriptions – from painters to sculptors and foodies! The markets and stalls in Kuranda are an eclectic mix and […]

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