Blogs from Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan, Asia


Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni June 24th 2019

Monday, 24th June 2019 I started my morning routine at Doutor for my usual 390-yen egg sandwich and coffee fix at JR Kokura Station before embarking on my journey to Iwakuni, some 172km away. The itinerary for this morning included a visit to the iconic Kintai Bridge, first built in 1673 across the Nishiki River. While the wooden bridge today is a replica, it was nevertheless a joy to visit as I made my way slowly across the bridge towards the Iwakuni Castle. From the top of the castle, the views over the city and Hiroshima Bay were unrivaled. From Iwakuni, I took another 23 minutes train ride to Miyajimaguchi where the World Heritage Site, the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine was accessible after about 10 minutes ferry ride from the train station. Having visited the shrine for ... read more
ChaCha Town, Kokura
Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni
View from Iwakuni Castle overlooking Hiroshima Bay

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 27th 2017

My brother told me about a photo booth in Iwakuni where teenaged girls cosplayed as different characters come frequent. Knowing that there are no shortage of photo booths in Japan, this peaked my curiosity. And for good reason! It is a standing photo booth, big enough for a group of 4 or 5 people! There is a big circular beauty lamp in front of you, to give you flattering lighting (almost like a professional photo shoot). Then, using my crude Japanese translator, we saw that for 300 yen, you get to take 6 photos. Before you start, you choose a couple options. First, you pick your eye enlarging option. We didn't know what that was at first, so we picked one at random. We ended up with big anime eyes as the final product! You then ... read more
Print Station
Option to send to mobile

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 21st 2017

If anyone knows me personally, they know I love to just people watch and observe my surroundings. With that being said, I decided to start my Kayko Travel Talley. It will just incorporate something I have observed that has turned into a pattern. Enough for me to start a tally. After day 1, here is my running tally: 1. Times toddler screamed NO on 3 hr flight to LA - 31 (before I stopped counting) 2. Accidental eye contact with a stranger - 9 3. People who have spoken Spanish to me and were disappointed - 4. LA tourists wearing douchey newspaper boy hats or trilbys - 18 5. Girls traveling in heels that can't walk in them - 11 6. Times I've checked for my passport - 1000+ 7. Jokes about United flights - TOO. ... read more

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 21st 2017

Ohayou Gozaimasu! Yesterday was my first full day in Japan. And it was a fantastic day! Due to some work constraints my brother is unable to travel really past the Yamaguchi prefecture. So I will not be hitting up the main tourist spots around Tokyo, Okinawa, etc etc. Am I disappointed? Hell no! There is so much to do here! And so much to absorb. I love wandering into obscure, less traveled areas. You can really get a feel for true culture – not watered down for tourists. That is not to say I do not enjoy some of the American comforts of staying on an American military base. It is quite nice actually. Feels like a little slice of home, even though I am so far away. Vacation is not an excuse to turn into ... read more
Hiking the Kikkawa Trail
Kintai Park
Iwakuni Castle

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 20th 2017

(I wrote this on the plane ride from Tokyo to Hiroshima) Disclaimer: It has been a long trip but I am currently in the air and on the way to hiroshima. I also am writing on my tablet because my laptop died. So forgive any typos! My handwriting is not great so it is hard for the tablet to recognize what I am saying. And it begins! I left Dallas at 0800 central time, and continued to time travel from there! Flight to LA was smooth as silk. Good. I get anxious on turbulent flughts. I envy those who find turbelence soothing. Got to LAX in time for lunch. Lucky for me, LA is not short on vegetariarian and vegan options. We boarded for tokyo about 50 min before takeoff. I got there just in time ... read more
Made it!
Glad to be here!!!!
Plane to Hiroshima

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni September 24th 2016

Today I had originally planned to visit the cat island on Aoshima but it was not to be. It's not that it would have been one tram ride, 2 ferries plus 1 or 2 trains, but it turned out that the first ferry to Matsuyama in Shikoku was going to be £30 per person each way. And then there was no guarantee that the twice a day ferry to Aoshima from Nagahama would be running or even have a places for us as there is only room for 34 passengers. So with a heavy heart I've had to postpone a dream to visit a Japanese Cat Island. So what to do instead? We'd seen more or less everything my guidebook suggested in Hiroshima, it had mentioned the rebuilt castle but didn't say anything good or bad ... read more
Cold Milk Tea - not my favourite
Kintai-kyo Bridge
Memorial Monument of Kojiro Sasaki

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni August 8th 2005

OK day four in Hiroshima over and its still hot and I'm still having fun! Not as hot as the last few days have been but still hot. The Japanese people carry around sun umberellas and hand towells that they use to wipe their body with when they sweat too much, when I first saw it I thought it was a bit too much but after the last two days of sweating so much I took a hand towell with me too today! Gotta fit in you know! Actually at the moment its raining, still really hot but raining none the less, there is steam coming off the ground. So I decided to retreat to the trusty Internet cafe and write about my days adventures. I went to a place called Iwakuni today which is about ... read more
Kintaikyo bridge
Iwakuni castle

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