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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa August 18th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! After some 20-25 hours or so spent on trains, planes and airports I finally arrived back in Tokyo, almost a full year after my last visit to Japan. This year's trip will be quite different from the previous years' though, because this entire trip will more or less be a long pilgrimage set in five different parts one after another. The first part of the pilgrimage, which will begin tomorrow, is to climb to the summit of Mount Fuji. My initial plan was to do this together with Takae, but unfortunately she can't take time away from her work on Monday. My back-up plan was for us to do a bullet-climb, starting in the morning and ending in the evening, but for that to work I would have needed to stay at ... read more
Delicious Ramen
Togoshi Ginza Onsen
Onigiri and Sapporo Beer

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa March 24th 2018

The perfect day for a sleep in greeted us the next day. Top temp of 7c, rainy and windy. Mal and I had a 2 sec meeting and decided that brunch was the only option. Finally emerged from the hotel complete with coats and hotel umbrellas. Mal’s need for a pancake meant that we ended up in the first restaurant with a pancake picture. Aunty Millar’s was very good and with full bellies we headed off into the miserable weather. Negotiated successfully through the train station and wandered around the streets, in and out of shops. A comforting thought for women around the world is that we are all used to standing in queues and Japan for its sophistication and brilliant ideas, is no different to any other country when it comes to underestimating how many ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa October 4th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I arrived back in Japan this afternoon after a long flight from Doha. I'm tired and jet-lagged, but happy, and even though the flight was a long one it was a good one because Qatar Airways holds a very high level of service. There was plenty of good entertainment on the flight and the crew brought me as much snacks and drinks as I could handle. They even served Japanese meals on the flight which I think was a really nice touch and a good way to get into the proper setting for a visit back to my favourite country. The flight also gave me a good opportunity to brush up on my Japanese as the man seated next to me didn't speak English and the stewardess that waited on our section ... read more
Street View

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa September 12th 2016

The day after the wedding, with our bags packed and stashed at the hotel we headed off for one last look around some of Matsuyama. This entailed a walk through the long shopping arcade which, being a Sunday morning, was fairly quiet. Such arcades are usually buzzing with people in the evenings; well worth a browse of all the quirky little shops as well as the larger department type stores. The only thing we bought was my favourite green tea ice cream! Despite the fact that September is the first month of Autumn the weather seems more like summer; hot and humid. You'd hate it Margot! As Sappy said when we first arrived; it must be global warming. Staying on the shady side of the road we wandered past the Matsuyama City Hall which has a ... read more
Michelle & Matsuyama Castle high on the hill
A closer view of Matsuyama Castle
Kevin, Masako & Yuskae

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa November 30th 2015

Since it's over a year since we visited Ross in what seems to have become his home town - Tokyo - we once more paid him a visit. As Japan is in the Northern Hemisphere we arrived to a different climate to the one we'd left behind. So far so good though as it hasn't as yet been bitterly cold so let's hope it stays that way. Leaving Sydney on a Sunday morning we arrived in Tokyo on Sunday evening. Rossy was waiting under the famous clock at Shinagowa Station as arranged when we finally arrived. Welcome cuddles all round! As soon as we'd stashed the bags in Ross' apartment it was off to get something to eat at a local restaurant; while intentions were good as far as getting to bed early it didn't eventuate. ... read more
Dad and his big boy
Ross and his mumsy
Kev at Ty Harbour




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