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Kyoto – Arashiyama

Arashiyama (嵐山 Storm Mountain) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River. There’s lots to see and do here, we stayed a whole day and had to choose … Continue reading

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Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Taisha

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is at the base of  Mount Inari and has trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes about 2 hours to walk up – we didn’t make it the whole … Continue reading

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Kyoto – Nijo Castle

After four nights in Osaka we moved to Kyoto which is only about an hour away on the local trains but very different to Osaka. Our hotel here, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Shinmachi Bettei, also has hot spring baths but … Continue reading

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Osaka Aquarium

Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest in the world. The main central tank has two whale sharks sharing the space with hammerheads, reef sharks, groupers and  rays. In a separate tank there are even sun fish! And the seals … Continue reading

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Harry Potter World – Osaka Universal Studios

The Harry Potter World part of Universal Studios in Osaka exceeded our expectations. The Hogsmead Street and Shops and Hogwarts Castle are very authentic and the Butterbeer tasted much better than we expected. Since our main reason for visiting Universal … Continue reading

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Osaka – Onyado Nono Namba Natural Hot Spring Hotel

Our hotel in Osaka was lots of fun, very kid friendly, the whole place has tatami floors so you need to leave your shoes in a locker at the entry, they provide ‘house clothes’ that you can wear from when … Continue reading

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Narita

After flying from Gold Coast to Tokyo we only had an overnight stay in Narita before flying to Osaka.

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