Category Archives: Travels

Japan’s Resorts, Hotel, Capsules and Hostels

When we started planning this trip with R & L we were advised by a tour guide living in Kyoto that we would be in Japan near the busy season and should book all our accommodation in advance. At one … Continue reading

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Toilets Again?

Toilet installment number 5 (maybe). I have seen this several times but it just dawned on me today that I have not mentioned it. On some toilets the lid of the tank is a basin. The fill water tube is … Continue reading

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Another Day with Fuji in Full Glory

An onsen is basically a hot tub. It is part of Japanese life. Unlike hot tub use in most of the world there is a ritual performed each time one uses the onsen. The onsens are separated male and female. … Continue reading

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The Senses of Japan

Japan is not just about the visual. All my senses are engaged as we travel. We smell soy sauce each time we pass the corner shop near our hotel in Kyoto and the aroma intrigues us. They are brewing the … Continue reading

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Good Morning

We awake to this sight. Last night we arrive at the Fuji View Hotel, one of the grande dames of the Fuji area hotels, in the dark. At 5.45am I open the drapes and am awe struck. ‘Debbie get out … Continue reading

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Koyasan

First a taxi, then a fast train, then a slow train, then a train that gets split in two part way through the journey, then an inclined train and finally a bus. This is what it took for us to … Continue reading

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Random Japan

Last day in Kyoto and the weather is stunning. Sunshine, 20Cish and no wind. Great for a walk in the city. Today is a day for shopping. Any touristy sites are an adjunct. I remember using cash in Canada. Now … Continue reading

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Zen Gardens, the Philosopher’s Path and a Geisha

Ginkakuji Temple is our first stop today. It is a popular one, so we get on the road, bus actually, early to beat the tour buses. The temple is known for its gardens, and it does not disappoint. It is … Continue reading

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Best Flea Market Ever

On the 21st of every month there is a ‘flea market’ held on the grounds of the Toji temple in Koyto. Last night talking over our game plan for today we thought we might drop in. It took a train … Continue reading

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Tottori to Osaka to Kyoto

Toilet instalment #4. As our journey progresses we run into more and more ‘electric’ toilets. The latest gadget I discover is a button on the console that flushes the toilet. Had to figure it out because the toilet had no … Continue reading

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