Hiroshima Peace Memorial

At 8:15am on August 6th 1945 Hiroshima became the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon. The A-Bomb was dropped by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) with devastating effects and by the end of the first year 140,000+ were dead! Before After Now Hiroshima stands as a city of […]

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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

After Kyoto we headed South-West to Kobe – the 6th largest city in Japan with a population of 1.5 million and famous for it’s Arima Onsen (hot springs) and Kobe Beef! Kobe is a port town sandwiched between the sea and the Rokko Mountain Range and is thought of as one of Japan’s most attractive […]

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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: 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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Singapore: Quirky Architecture

Singapore has some incredibly bizarre, quirky and random architecture and has thrust itself into the modern age with some of it’s buildings, parks and public spaces. Singapore is a great mix of traditional and modern and on the same street you’ll find temples, shrines and rustic buildings next to a towering high-rise with giant bird […]

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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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Sydney… Part 2…

After 4 nights in Downtown Sydney we packed our bags and headed to the Sydney Harbour YHA and The Rocks – the true heart of Sydney tourism and an amazing place to spend the remainder of our time in Sydney. The Sydney YHA is a remarkable landmark in it’s own right and worth a visit […]

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Melbourne

After an amazing 4 months exploring North and South New Zealand (15th September, 2013 – 3rd January, 2014) we hopped on a plane and headed to Australia, the next leg of our around the world tour and our home for 3 months (3rd January, 2014 – 1st April, 2014)! Our time in Australia starts with […]

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