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Mark's World Tour 2007-08


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Days 175 & 176: My last day in Japan.... and my first in Oz!

Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | Views [713]

Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th April I had to be out of the internet cafe at 05.00, so my alarm woke me at 04.45, I grabbed my stuff and headed back out onto the streets of Tokyo to find the sun up and a fair amount of  people on the street. The ... Read more >

Day 174: Back to Tokyo

Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [568]

Sunday 27th April I got up feeling slightly better than I did when I went to bed the night before, but still woke up with the thought of Chelsea overtaking United at the top of the league.... my worst nightmare (at least in terms of footballing ... Read more >

Day 173: A trip to the Japanese countryside

Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [1231]

Saturday 26th April We left Kumi's flat at 09.30 and headed into town on another beautiful day. I had packed up my stuff and brought my rucksack with me as I would get the train back to Tokyo from near Shigu, the village where Kumi's parents lived.... Read more >

Day 172: Shopping and relaxing in Osaka

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [669]

Friday 25th April It felt good not to have to wake up to the alarm which usually got me started on a busy day of sightseeing. Instead, I had planned to sort out a list of things to do, including some shopping during the afternoon. I got up to a ... Read more >

Day 171: Templed out on a miserable day in Koyasan!

Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Views [1875]

Thursday 24th April I had a few more days left before I was due to go back to Tokyo, and Pete had recommended I go to the town of Koyasan, another place with UNESCO World Heritage status bestowed on it. I had to take a slower train to get there, ... Read more >

Day 170: An interesting day in Hiroshima

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | Views [719]

Wednesday 23rd April I woke up feeling reasonably well and had enjoyed sleeping on the futon; it was pretty comfortable and I could understand the attraction in having one (it saves a lot of space, for one). I grabbed some breakfast and walked back ... Read more >

Day 169: Miyajima and Hiroshima

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Views [945]

Tuesday 22nd April I was very keen to visit Hiroshima while I was in Japan, and it would make for a very interesting trip for a day or two. Pete and Kumi suggested I also fit in a trip to the island of Miyajima, situated in the bay across from Hiroshima ... Read more >

Day 168: Back to Kyoto

Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [548]

Monday 21st April I hadn't planned an exact itinerary for my time in Japan but had so far spent each day seeing somewhere new and I had thoroughly enjoyed it all. It is an awesome country and a very comfortable and easy place to visit as a tourist.... Read more >

Day 167: More temples in Nara

Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 | Views [743]

Sunday 20th April All of us were clearly tired and we didn't get up until later than planned, putting paid to our intentions of going further afield to the temples of Koyasan, a couple of hours away from Osaka. Instead, we chose to make a trip ... Read more >

Day 166: The temples of Kyoto

Saturday, 19 Apr 2008 | Views [750]

Saturday 19th April Although it was a Saturday, Kumi had to go to work at the language school where she is a manager, but Pete and I decided to visit the city of Kyoto, one of the most famous towns in Japan and home to thirteen UNESCO World ... Read more >

Day 165: A rainy day in Osaka

Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | Views [3910]

Friday 18th April After a good lie-in, we got ourselves together and stepped out into the gloom and drizzle of a wet and grey morning in Osaka. Kumi's flat is in the outskirts of Osaka, about two train trips away from the downtown commercial district.... Read more >

Day 164: Tokyo to Osaka

Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | Views [676]

Thursday 17th April I must have been more tired than I realised as I didn't get up until after 09.00. I had forgotten that I needed to go out to Narita Airport to look for the gift for Kumi that I had bought in Hanoi. I wasn't sure how I had ... Read more >

Day 163: Out and about in Tokyo

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | Views [738]

Wednesday 16th April After a good sleep, I got up and had some breakfast in the hostel before venturing out onto the streets of Tokyo, feeling refreshed and excited about the day ahead. I wasn't sure what I wanted to see or do, so picked one of ... Read more >

Day 161 & 162: My last day in SE Asia.... and on to Japan!

Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Views [959] | Comments [1]

Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th April We were told to be up got breakfast at 07.30 or risk losing out on food that morning as we had a tighht schedule to stick to on the way back to the mainland. It was a much better ... Read more >



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