Mt Fuji

Sadly our final sleep in Japan, and what better way to spend it that in the company of the countries most famous resident, Mt Fuji. Again at another K's (brilliant) hostel. The view from our room is breathtaking. We took time to stand and appreciate its majesty in full glorious weather. Our last night here … Continue reading Mt Fuji


Nearing the end of our wonderful stay in Japan. Hakone is the second to last destination before heading out to meet Kerry & Tilly in Hawaii (hula hula). Home to Mt Hakone and Lake Ashi famous for hot springs and natural beauty. We're here to do some exploring!! cue the ships captains for the day. … Continue reading Hakone

Miyajima Island

A short tram ride from Hiroshima, is Miyajimaguchi, the gateway to the wonderful Miyajima Island and all its beauty. As you cross on the ferry and approach the island the O-Torii Gate situated just offshore grab s your attention, as it did for everyone on the ferry who rushed to one side to take the … Continue reading Miyajima Island


A train and cable car journey up through the mountains, south of Osaka, lies Koyasan A huge temple settlement on the top of Mount Koya. Koyasan houses a magnificent collection of temples  and monasteries along with the famous Okunoin Cemetery (we all know Gudge loves a Ceme). It is supremely picturesque in every way. Our … Continue reading Koyasan

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

In the southeast of Kyoto, set in the foothills of the Kyoto mountains,  sits a spectacular temple called the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. This shrine is particularly unique as it contains 10,000 torii gates (a gate that indicates the entrance to a holy precinct of a Shinto shrine. All are painted in vermilion red (considered … Continue reading Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

ALLLLL the way over on the west side of Kyoto, is the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, very popular with tourists, and we can see why. As you approach the towering bamboo trees its like entering the dense forest of another world. There are a number of temples located in an around and the bamboo is … Continue reading Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Ginkakuji Temple

Just across the road from our noisy Hostel, is the great Ginkakuji Temple. Ginkaku-ji or "Temple of the Silver Pavilion",  is a Zen temple. Ashikaga Yoshimasa (a Shogun) initiated plans for creating a retirement villa and gardens in around 1460. After his death, Yoshimasa arranged for this property to become a Zen temple, and that it is. There … Continue reading Ginkakuji Temple