Category Archives: Japan Travel

Tokyo Daytripper: Hakone-yumoto

Hakone in Kanagawa is arguably one of the most popular day trip destinations for Tokyoites wanting to get out of the city for a brief fix of nature and/or hot springs. I’ve been to Hakone three times though all of … Continue reading

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Another Trip To Izu

The family home in Izu may have been the base for my Golden Week holidays this year (over two months ago now!) but I didn’t actually spend so much time there. After just a night there I went off on … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Before And After Ome

Tokyo may be one of the smallest prefectures in Japan yet it does have some far flung places. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are obviously the most extreme ones as they extend as far as 1,850 kilometres south of central Tokyo. By contrast, … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Ome

When it comes to day trips from Tokyo most people usually think of Nikko, Kamakura, or Hakone but there is one very nice place about 90 minutes away from Shinjuku and unbelievably it is still in Tokyo! Ōme Station is … Continue reading

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Just Look At The Size Of This Train Station In Aichi Prefecture

There are a few dozen different types of densha otaku (train nerds) in Japan ranging from platform melodies to station lunch-boxes to the stations and trains themselves. I really don’t think I fall into any of the categories or maybe they … Continue reading

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Less Than 24 Hours In Nagoya……Again!!

At the end of my ‘Sightseeing In Nagoya‘ post in January last year I vowed that I would return with my wife next time. 17 months later and I was back in Nagoya but yet again she was not with … Continue reading

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A Giant Maneki-Neko Watches Over This Japanese City

The maneki-neko is a Japanese figurine often seen in or at the entrance of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlours, and other such businesses with the idea that it’s believed to bring good luck to the owner. They are often fairly small and usually made … Continue reading

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