Hiroshima

After an amazing time in Kobe it was time to activate our Japan Rail Pass and head to Hiroshima. After some lengthy planning and debate we decided to buy the 7 day Japan Rail pass to get us to Hiroshima and then onto Takayama, Nikko and finally Tokyo! There are several options when buying a […]

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Kobe… Part 2…

While in Kobe we pottered around the many shopping malls, strolled along the bay, headed to Kobe’s Kitano district, rode a cable car up the Rokko Mountain and sampled some of the yummy food on offer! Kitano is a quirky district of Kobe at the base of the Rokko Mountain and is famous for it’s […]

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Kyoto: Shrines & Temples

If there’s one thing Japan has in abundance – as well as Sushi, Sake and Karaoke – is shrines, temples and pagodas and Kyoto has some of the best examples in Japan! Japan is a country of tradition, culture and history and although most Japanese don’t identify with a single religion – rather incorporate elements […]

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Kyoto… Part 2…

After a couple of days exploring and visiting some of the stunning temples & shrines (post to follow) we headed off to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – a 30-40 minute walk from the Utano YHA. The bamboo forest is located near the Ōi River and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow streets lined with […]

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Nara… Part 2…

One of the things Nara is famous for – as well as it’s history, temples and shrines – is it’s Deer! The Deer in Nara – according to the Shinto religion (the indigenous faith of the Japanese people and as old as Japan itself) – are considered the messengers of the gods and as such […]

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Osaka… Part 2…

Osaka is a great place to relax, shop and party the night away! The city is full of shopping malls of all shapes, sizes and budgets and there’s a great food and drink scene with restaurants to suit all tastes! Food in Japan is varied and wonderful and not speaking Japanese can lead to some […]

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Osaka

After an amazing 6 nights in Singapore we hopped on a plane and flew to Japan (Monday 7th, April), our final destination of our round the world trip! For those following our adventures from the start you might recall that we were supposed to go to China before Japan! Unfortunately due to a change in […]

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Singapore… Part 2…

While in Singapore we visited the zoo (post to follow), pottered around the shops, walked along the river, explored the gardens and public spaces dotted around the city (post to follow), visited temples and shrines, markets, food halls and had a night out on the Singapore Gay scene! Despite Singapore feeling rather Western at times […]

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Singapore

After a boozy farewell to Australia we headed to the airport and Singapore! I wasn’t sure what to expect from Singapore so I arrived with an open-mind eager to explore the city, it’s customs, culture and food! We’d booked 6 nights in Singapore with little or no plan other than to explore the city, enjoy […]

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Melbourne… Round 2!

After 84 days travelling the length of the East coast we said goodbye to Cairns and hopped on a plane back to Melbourne for a final farewell and our last 4 nights in Australia. Our friend Caroline had kindly agreed to play host for 2 nights (with 2 in the YHA) so we arrived in […]

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