Category Archives: Japan Travel

The Japanese Castle Which Can Rival Himeji-jo For Appearing In Movies

When it comes to Japanese castles featuring in movies, Himeji-jo in Hyōgo Prefecture is the most obvious one which comes to mind. It appeared quite extensively in the fifth James Bond movie ‘You Only Live Twice‘ (1967) as well as two … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Pass Through This City In Gifu But Stop Off & See Some Interesting Local Sights

Ogaki is one of those stations I’ve passed through a fair few times when travelling by train between Nagoya and Osaka. Admittedly, I had never had any real desire to stop there but it was realistically as far as I … Continue reading

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Going Back & Forth To Visit All The Stations Of Kawasaki`s Industrial Line

With it being located between Tokyo and Yokohama, Kawasaki can often be overlooked or bypassed by people going between Japan’s biggest two cities but it’s not without its own charms. Smelly and noisy industrial works really don’t sound like a … Continue reading

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Exploring An Abandoned House In Izu Plus Chainsaw Action, Hot Spring Baths, Lakes, Parks & Dogs

For some people, abandoned buildings (known as haikyo in Japanese) are just dirty and messy structures in poor condition with no redeeming or appealing features but for others they offer quite fascinating insights into the lives of others from bygone … Continue reading

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Hats Off To Those Visitors Who Leave Offerings At This Local Shrine!

When entering a place of worship it is respectful to remove a hat from your head but at this quirky shrine all types of headwear are often left as offerings. However, all is not as innocent and harmless as it … Continue reading

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Reverse Your Destiny At These Outdoor Art Installations

If you`ve ever wondered what it would be like to return to the days of exploration and learning as a toddler, then this outdoor art and architectural installation area may be the place to go. This museum of sorts is … Continue reading

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The Great Buddha, Monster Hospital, Quality Dog Time, A Sushi Museum & Live J-League Football!

Over the years I`ve visited many really interesting and quirky buddha statues in Japan of varying sizes and materials but arguably the most impressive and famous one is in Kanagawa Prefecture.   Kamakura was a slight detour en-route to Izu … Continue reading

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Izu Coastal Adventures; Eel Flavoured Cola, Unstaffed Stations, Outdoor Hot Spring Baths, Abandoned Buildings & Hiking Courses!

Whilst there are many great places off-shore on the Izu Peninsula, it is naturally the coastline which takes the glory when it comes to the most popular destinations.   The Izu Kyūkō Line runs down the east coast and I … Continue reading

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What Can You Expect To See At Japan`s Sushi Museum?

Whenever I come across new and interesting places on the internet or in person I enter them into `Want to go` on Google Maps. Over time I often forget all about them and then when I`m in that area it`s … Continue reading

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The Former Hospital Which Is Shaped Like A Monster

The vast majority of buildings in Japan are actually very dull and nondescript but that means that some of the more-intriguing, modern architectural structures really stand out. This place, located in a very quiet part of Shizuoka Prefecture, is one … Continue reading

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