Neon Night Food Tour

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A great way to discover some of Tokyo’s hidden gems is to do this small group tour. We were a group of eight plus Matt our tour guide, and we set off from a central meeting place in the bustling Shinjuku area. Matt, being a native American, had lived in Japan for the last 5…

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Visiting Hakone and Surrounds

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I had heard so much about the Hakone area, that it was a good chance to see and discover. From Tokyo, I travelled by bullet train to Odawara station; such a comfortable ride and so very fast. I then took a local bus to Ichinoyu Shinanoki, a Japanese inn where I was staying for the…

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The Japanese Alps

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

After a few days in the metropolis that is Tokyo, it was time to venture out and see the magnificent countryside, heading westwards towards the Japanese Alps. My day began taking a local train to Matsumoto for a brief stop to visit the ““Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls, surrounded by an impressive moat….

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Tokyo & First Cherry Blossoms

Monday, December 2, 2019

On arriving into Tokyo, I was wondering how long it would be before I spotted the first cherry blossoms.  The transfer bus took about an hour from the airport to our hotel, but it seemed less than that, as I was keenly looking out the window like in a game of I spy. Not long…

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Southern Japanese Escape

Monday, July 1, 2019

One of Japan’s greatest attractions is its ability to offer up both the modern and traditional versions of itself. Alongside future-focused cities like Osaka and Nagasaki, there are places that have kept to its traditions for hundreds of years, often to stunning effect. Set off on a journey of discovery into the Japan that lies…

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Japan Explorer

Sunday, June 30, 2019

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this tour provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen…

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Japan: Past & Present

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtaposed with space-age towers, neon lights and bullet trains; Japan’s captivating blend of old and new is legendary. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, we discover the country’s unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara…

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Tokyo After 5

Sunday, February 3, 2019

WOW what a crazy and busy city Tokyo is! We landed a little dazed from a long flight and made our way to our hotel in Shinjuku via the Shinjuku train station.  Now I am normally pretty good with directions, but I was lost immediately with this massive station having over 200 exits and over…

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Tea With A Monk in Kyoto

Friday, November 9, 2018

After a few days of exploring Kyoto on the e-bikes provided by the hotel and doing a bit of Geisha spotting we thought it might be nice to see some of the countryside so we booked on another Urban Adventures Japan tour called ‘Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen’. We made our journey to the…

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A French Way To Explore Japan

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Being excited is an understatement on how I was feeling as I boarded Le Austral, a cruise ship part of the French operated Ponant cruise line. We were in Osaka and embarking on a 9-night cruise for my birthday around Japan, Korea and the Philippines. I have been lucky enough to be on a lot of…

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