Monthly Archives: August 2021

A Floating Conveyor-Belt Restaurant, A Station By The Sea, A Disappointing Heritage-Listed Site, Wet Mountain Climbing & Live Olympic Cycling

Traveling to the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture is not exactly rare for me but this mini-trip was a bit different as my wife was not with me, my parents-in-law were away from their house in Ito and of course … Continue reading

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This Old-School Game Centre In Tokyo Will Take You On A Nostalgia Trip

Whilst doing the first in the `Foxed In The Head` series in Itabashi Ward I came across this “museum” which is located opposite one of the Inari Shrines I visited. Keen to finish that adventure as soon as possible I … Continue reading

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All Is Not As It Seems At This World Heritage Status Iron Smelting Facility In Shizuoka

One of the more frustrating travel experiences can be when you make plans and effort to get to a place you`re excited to see BUT then you get there to discover that it`s either closed or under construction. It`s happened … Continue reading

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Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #5 – Nebukawa

Think of train stations in Japan and the mighty Shinjuku station is sure to come to mind for many people. That is the world’s busiest train station, and Japan monopolises the top 50 list with only five of them not in … Continue reading

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Return To Japan`s Greenest & Cleanest Extinct Volcano In Izu

  There are two popular tourist mountains in Ito on the Izu Peninsula. Mount Komuro is famed for its beautiful sea of pink tsutsuji (azalea) flowers in late April or early May each year, and then there`s Mount Omuro which … Continue reading

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Dark Tourist (Japan Special) Vol. 05

The 2018 Netflix series ‘Dark Tourist‘ featured New Zealand journalist David Farrier visiting eight different countries (including Japan) on a mission to visit all manner of places relating to humans suffering in some sort of way whether it be victims of … Continue reading

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Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #14 Taito

#14. Taito Cycling may be something that I love to do but I’m not really one who goes for a ride without some kind of aim whether it be to a restaurant, a sight or just my workplace. With that … Continue reading

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Embracing The Olympic Spirit With Free Tokyo 2020 Exhibits & Games-Inspired Art

  For many, many months now I have been saying, in the wake of the Covid_19 outbreak,  that a huge sense of relief will be felt when the beleaguered Tokyo 2020 Olympics games finally come to an end. I`m sure … Continue reading

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At The Velodrome For Two Days Of Live Track Cycling At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

When Olympic tickets went on sale to Tokyo residents in 2019 I applied for many sports but my first choice was the track cycling so I tried for all seven days over the two ballots and managed to win a … Continue reading

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What It`s Like To Be A Spectator At The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

When the IOC and the Japanese government decided that spectators would not be present at all for Olympic sports in Tokyo (and surrounding prefectures Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa) it was hugely disappointing for all of those with tickets who were … Continue reading

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