Monthly Archives: October 2011

Travelling in Japan

I thought I would add a few thoughts about travelling in Japan.  Our group travelled by public transport where that was possible, and that was most of the time.  There are very few places that you cannot get to in … Continue reading

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Osaka, October 29 and 30, 2011

Saturday, I travelled to Osaka from Kyoto, just 28 minutes on a special rapid service train.   I left my bags at the hotel, which was across from the train station,  and set off for Osaka Castle which is celebrating the … Continue reading

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Kyoto, October 27 and 28, 2011

Our travels around Kyoto on the first day were by hired bus with a local guide.  We first went to the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple (photo). It was first built as a residence in the 1220’s and has burned … Continue reading

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Miyajima

Miyajima is renowned as one of Japan’s three most scenic spots.  It is the second of the three that I have seen.  You will find my write-up of a visit to the other one, Matsushima Bay, on the coast near … Continue reading

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Nara and Hiroshima

Today was a hectic day.  We started out at 7:30 for the Todaiji Temple in Nara, depositing our bags at the train station en route.  There is much to see in Nara but we were limited to the temple and … Continue reading

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Kanazawa

Today we spent a half day touring around Kanazawa before heading off to Nara.  Our first stop was the Kenrokuen Garden.  This garden is one of the three finest landscape gardens in Japan.  It contains all of the six superior … Continue reading

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Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa

Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This farming village in the mountains contains over one hundred wooden houses with steeply pitched thatched roofs that resemble praying hands.  Some of the houses, called gassho houses, date from the Edo period.  … Continue reading

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