Category Archives: Japan Travel

Tokyo Daytripper: The Giant White Kannon Statue Keeping An Eye On It`s Residents

A giant white-robed goddess of mercy standing tall and overlooking Japanese towns and cities is something that always grabs my attention. This one is located a couple of hours north of Tokyo and as soon as I found out about … Continue reading

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Another Abandoned Building On The Shores Of Lake Ippeki And The Regular Visit To Komuroyama

A few years ago I wrote about the abandoned ruins of a lakeside hotel close to the shores of Lake Ippeki-ko in Ito but little did I know that there were more nearby! Another hotel too.   Usually such derelict … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: The Sacred Underground Palace North Of Tokyo

“A spiritual cave beneath a Japanese garden” was enough to get me interested in this 400 meter-long underground tunnel north of Tokyo.   On my previous visit to Takasaki at the start of this year I picked up a free … Continue reading

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The Station Just Over The Border From Tokyo Which Has No Trains At All For 8 Hours…In The Daytime!

  The beauty of taking trains in and around Tokyo is that you never have to wait too long if you miss your intended train. That is definitely not the case though at this station just over the border from … Continue reading

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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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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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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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