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Japanese Baths

Saturday, 7 Jul 2007 | Views [2101] | Comments [3]

Japanese baths are amazing.  We decided to take it easy today.  We took the Yurikamome Line (an elevated train line) to one of Tokyo's baths, Ooedo-onsen Monogatari.  The journey was great, we got to see a side of Tokyo we hadn't been to yet and the ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Night-time in Ginza

Friday, 6 Jul 2007 | Views [586]

Nothing much to report from today - we traveelled back from Kyoto after being based there for four days, and then just headed out to Ginza for a civilized night on the town - picture Ballsbridge rather than Temple Bar. Anyhow, the nightline of late night ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | Views [464]

The picture above shows, what was until 6th August 1945, the Industrial Promotion Hall for the Hiroshima province (or prefecture as it is known locally). Since then it has become known coloquially and subsequently, officially, as the A-Bomb Dome .... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Thank God for Bus Tours

Wednesday, 4 Jul 2007 | Views [487] | Comments [2]

Thank God for bus tours.  Kyoto is too big to navigate in one day and it lashed rain.  We left our umbrella at the second place we visited and didn't come across anywhere to buy a replacement until our last stop.  So we got a bit wet. We really did ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Oh Deer

Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 | Views [470]

Our adventure today took us to Nara - a 45 minute Shinkansen trip from Kyoto - our current base. The very helpful lady in tourist information plotted a four hour walking tour for us, which we followed with primary school obedience, leading us through ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Monday, 2 Jul 2007 | Views [403]

The guidebook tells you that Kyoto doesn't make a great first impression - true. You land in the middle of an area that looks not entirely unlike - er, well, any suburb of Dublin you wouldn't go to unless you fell asleep on the Nitelink. Walking around ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Shrine Time

Sunday, 1 Jul 2007 | Views [496]

How many temples and shrines can you see in a day? More than you'd think - more, in fact, than you'd want to think about. Nikko is a town to the north of Tokyo that did, in the past, house a Buddhist training centre, and retains to this day some wonderful ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

An Sasanach

Saturday, 30 Jun 2007 | Views [670]

The Asakusa area of Tokyo is famous for its Buddhist Temple and its buzzing markets - not a bad way to start the day then. Better still, rather than take the train back downtown, we were able to take a river cruise south along the Sumidagawa River which ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | Views [438] | Comments [1]

After a late breakfast we decided the take the metro to Ueno, the biggest park in Tokyo.  Like Phoenix Park, Ueno is the home of the city's zoo.  This was our first port of call.  Half way during our visit it started to lash rain.  Instead of going back ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

And on the seventh day...

Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | Views [488] | Comments [1]

Today was a chill out day - one week exactly from the wedding we decided to do no more than wander through Tokyo. The heat, however, meant that this wander was anything but chilling. We got to see the Imperial Palace (grounds) and the Japanese Parliament ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Mount Fuji

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | Views [395] | Comments [1]

Today saw us visit Mount Fuji, Japan's most significant physical landmark, located about an hour to the south of Tokyo. Travelling by bus, with a slection of international tourists and locals brave enough to take a day off work, we climbed about half ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gone Shopping

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | Views [603] | Comments [5]

We started the day with breakfast, Ciaran ate in Subway, and Ruth had a croissant and hot chocolate in a french cafe.  Then we hit the shops.  We headed straight for Ginza, the Japanese equivalent to Park Avenue.  The shops are amazing with similar prices ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

First Day in Japan

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | Views [386]

We touched the ground in Narita Airport, Tokyo, yesterday morning around 9:30, before getting a bus and taxi to the hotel. Our hotel, it seems, is in the middle of the business district in Tokyo, which it must be said is incredibly clean and quiet. Feels ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road



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