Category Archives: Japan

The long trip home

Our return trip home was quite an adventure! We left Kyoto around 11am in light rain as there was a Typhoon approaching Tokyo. We arrived in Osaka by train within about an hour and a half. Our flight to Narita … Continue reading

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Kyoto – Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. It was originally built in 778 although the present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu.[3] There is not a single nail used in the entire structure.

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

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Last day in Japan

Knowing we had a big day of travel ahead and a major time zone change, we decided to spend our last day in Tokyo just wandering the local streets of Shibuya. Here is a selection of random photographs of some … Continue reading

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