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Blog - Tag: Japan

By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 09:17

Kobe had a nice, relaxed vibe, which made for a pleasant day trip.

Highlights
- Went up in the cable car, by Shin-Kobe, to a nice viewpoint:
- Numerous french bistros in town (including a Cafe De Paris) with European architecture, e.g. Starbucks in a French-style Chateau
- Chilled out ambience at night

How we travellled to Kobe
- Day trip from Shin-Osaka
- Shinkansen train to/from Shin-Osaka/Shin-Kobe (20 minutes)

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 09:14

Our visit to Hiroshima was very educational and humbling.

Highlights
- A-bomb dome - a surviving building from 6th Aug 1945, preserved as a memorial.
- Local volunteer guide woman told us the story of Hiroshima and how members of her family died. This really moved us/was better than the museum, and made our journey worthwhile.
- Visited the Peace Memorial Museum
- Had lunch in the Peace Memorial Park- Saw the flame of peace - Will keep burning until the last nuclear weapon on earth has been destroyed

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 09:06

Nara was a nice break from the big cities, as it was a smaller city with large park areas.

Highlights
- Walked from station to Nara-koen and saw a lot of wild deer being fed biscuits by tourists
- Kofuku-ji Temple
- 5-storey pagoda at Kofuku-ji Temple - the 2nd tallest in Japan
- Passed through Nandai-mon gate
- Todai-ji Temple - including the world's largest wooden building (called Daibutsu Den) housing the Great Buddha
- Walked up to Nigatsu-Do Hall and stood on the veranda for view over Nara

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 09:02

Kyoto is a bustling modern city, and not particularly pretty in places - unexpected the way everyone talks about it, but it does have nice traditional areas.

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 08:47

Osaka proved to be a good base for day trips.

Highlights
Osaka-jo castle - set in a large central park with Cherry blossoms
Osaka by night - we walked through Dotunburi and America-Mura

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 08:27

We stayed in Japan for 17 nights, and in two trips we spent a total of 11 days and nights seeing most of Tokyo, because we liked it that much!

Rappongi Hills - home to the international corporations and large finance institutions

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 06:04

Tully's coffee seems more prevalent than Starbucks.

Plum sake was worth a try but pretty rough.

Hanging out in Geronimos shot bar in Rappongi Crossing (Tokyo) can be quite hazardous if any of the expats are competing for the title of buying the most shots (for everyone in the bar) so they get their own plaque on the wall/ceiling.

"Hub" English pubs if you'd like a Bass ale with your fish and chips.

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By marksams, 04/17/2010 - 05:57

Sushi, Sushi, Sushi! So fresh it's nearly unbelievable; never seen anything like it in the UK. I say nearly unbelievable because we did visit the Tsukiji Fish Market and saw the scale of their fishing operation for ourselves. Unfortunately it's obvious why the Tuna fish are endangered.

Ramen - we should eat more of this! Noodles in a broth, normally topped with spring onion, tempura prawn or other meat

Yakatori...Japanese name for a chicken skewers; tasty all the same

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