Japan 2016, Gion Matsuri

After a short stay in Tokyo it was time to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto in preparation for attending Gion Matsuri. Of course, we had to pick up a bit of lunch at Tokyo Station to take onto the train with us. Once we arrived in Kyoto we had a bit of time to wander …

Japan 2016, A Day in Tokyo

Back in Japan! We flew into Tokyo and had a very short overnight stay in the city before heading to Kyoto via the bullet train the next day. As we landed early in the morning we had a bit of time to roam around and check out a few things. We walked around the Asakusa …

World Travel 2013-2014, Japan Wrap Up

So it’s finally time to write the wrap up for our time in Japan. Its been a little while so here we go… Overall what we did: 49 (!) days split into: 36 days in Osaka, 2 days in Wakayama and Kyoto, 1 day each in Kobe, Koya-san, and 7 days in Tokyo from 18 …

World Travel 2013-2014, Get Ready to Sumo!

January is one of the Grand Sumo Tournaments, and for our final day in Tokyo before flying back to Osaka we decided to spend the day watching the Sumo. You can pre book tickets; however, we just bought the tickets on the day which were for the very back row and were 2100 yen for …

World Travel 2013-2014, Visiting Shinjuku and Shibuya

Plan of attack for today – Fish Market and Imperial Garden. Did we do either? Nup. We ended up changing our mind about the fish market today, and it turns out the Imperial Garden is closed on Mondays and Fridays (drat!) so that changed that plan. Instead we hopped on a train out to Shinjuku …

World Travel 2013-2014, Ueno Park and Zoo

Our first full day in Tokyo after the flight! (We did manage to get a fair bit done on our travel day though) As we were staying not far from Asakusa we decided to walk over to Yanaka to see the Tennoji temple, and then wandered down to Ueno Park. The parks in Tokyo are …