A Cycle Ride To Dinosaur Bridge (a.k.a Tokyo Gate Bridge)

When it comes to bridges in Tokyo there is only ever really one that gets a mention and that’s Rainbow Bridge. No real surprise there I guess as it offers a picture perfect postcard view of Tokyo city and is famed for it’s beautiful night scenery. However, just 10 kilometres south-east of there is another interesting looking bridge but many people have never even heard of this one!

 

It’s one that’s fairly new to me too having only noticed it in the distance a year ago when my wife and I went Continue reading

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Crash ‘N Burn: My Wheels Of Misfortune

If the ‘Fast & Furious‘ franchise has taught us anything then it’s that humans can survive the most unbelievable accidents and come out of the wreckage with just a few scars to show for it!! Whilst my accident wasn’t quite on that same scale it was something of a miracle that I came out fairly unscathed from the ordeal.

On Monday night (12th February) I finished my job a bit earlier than usual and was mildly excited that I’d be Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Japan’s Largest Taoist Temple Is In Saitama!

 

Given that there is a Russian Cathedral in Ochanomizu, a Turkish Mosque in Yoyogi and many Chinese temples in Yokohama, I’m really not sure why I was surprised to see a Taiwanese temple in Japan. I guess it was more to do with it’s rather out-of-place location up in Saitama prefecture.

Wakaba station is certainly no strange place but this temple, known locally as Seitenkyū, is a very long distance from the station. It’s about 40 minutes away on foot though I’m sure there are buses too as it is located alongside a fairly major road. Feeling at a bit of a loose end one day back in January and ever keen to find new places along the Tobu Toju line, I decided to Continue reading

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Miho No Matsubara – One Of The Best Views Of Mount Fuji

 

One can never really get tired of seeing this beautiful, solitary, snow-capped symmetrical cone, and there are many great places to view it from. Lake Kawaguchiko, Hakone, Fuji Q Highland and Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri are among the best places in the country to admire what has long been the inspiration for many artists, poets and photographers. Oh and bloggers too!

Admittedly, I had never heard of Miho No Matsubara until a day or two before our trip to Shizuoka city but I soon realised this could Continue reading

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The World’s Longest Wooden Pedestrian Bridge

 

Being in the book of Guinness World Records surely means that something is worth seeing right? Of course this is case by case but I was very keen to see this long wooden bridge whilst we were over that way on a short trip to Shizuoka city. However, the bridge’s claim to fame wasn’t enough to tempt my wife to leave the comfort of our bed early for though! Instead, I ventured on alone and headed west to Shimada station which is just under Continue reading

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Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #10

Many of the parks and children’s playgrounds in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, are quite poor compared to other countries in terms of space, surroundings and a lack of grass. However, a handful of them do tend to possess extremely creative structures and they will be explored in this series.

Nickname: Devil Slide 

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On The Trail Of Shin Godzilla #1 – Shinagawa

In the original ‘Godzilla‘ (1954) movie, the first place on land where the gigantic amphibious bipedal lizard arrived was Shinagawa which he promptly destroyed. Presumably ‘Shin Gojira‘ (2016) was paying homage to that and the 120 minute film features a few minutes of scenes from this ward which lies on Tokyo Bay.

 

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