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

Hiroshima Peace Park

Hiroshima was a must on our journey, to explain to the children what happened here and also to pay our respects to the tragic, senseless loss of civilians as a result of atomic weapons. Hiroshima is a peaceful city with a central garden peace park and museum. The riverside is draped in cherry blossom and … Continue reading Hiroshima Peace Park


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

Samurai & Ninja Museum

A great bit of fun and learning today at the Samurai & Ninja Museum in Kyoto. If you're traveling with kids, this is actually a good idea to have fun and get educated at the same time. We got to try on Samurai costumes and trained with a life-like katanas. , and even got the … Continue reading Samurai & Ninja Museum

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

Afternoon Tea and a stroll in Gion

Gion and surrounding areas are Geisha central, if you like that sort of thing. Contrary to popular belief possibly driven by some gawd awful american film directors, Geisha's are not prostitutes, but entertainers of higher levels of society. Trained from the age of 15-20 in order to master their craft. Sadly we didn't see a … Continue reading Afternoon Tea and a stroll in Gion

Bullet Trains & Yoshidayama Green Space

Uber looking trains right, this is the Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto? The newest trains are modelled on the beak of a Kingfisher. Previously the bullet trains would exit some of Japan's tunnels (Osaka to Hakata mostly) and produce a sonic boom. This disturbed the wildlife, which just wouldn't do. If nature was suffering, … Continue reading Bullet Trains & Yoshidayama Green Space