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The temple run

1 November 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Osaka-Temple-Shrine - The temple run

Exploring every Kyoto temple and shrine on foot

Now I am in Osaka, its only 30 minutes from Kyoto on the cheap $5 train. Therefore, I had time to visit all the temples in Kyoto this morning befo....

Halloween was Saturday

31 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Zenkoji-Food-Ramen - Halloween was Saturday

The abandoned streets of Higashiyama

Apparently Halloween was Saturday, not yesterday, and not today as it should have been, but Saturday. Japan will move any event so it doesnt clash....


31 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Kurama-Hiking-Shrine - Thwarted

The Kurama to Kibune hike was blocked by typhoon damage

Thwarted is one of my favourite words. Normally because I use it to describe how I prevented someone else from achieving their nefarious goals. To....

Its not Halloween

30 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Nijo-Food-Pasta - Its not Halloween

Exploring Sanjo Dori in Kyoto

I thought it was Halloween, I saw no one at all in costume, turns out its tomorrow, thats how much I know about that holiday (is it a holiday in t....

Equal best ever scenery

30 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Equal best ever scenery

Hiking Mount Atago then continuing to Arashiyama via Toriimoto

I am going to cut to the chase. Today was probably the equal best scenery I have experienced in my life, a tie with Yamadera / Omoshiroyama which ....

Better than forecast

29 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Shrine-Gion - Better than forecast

The temples and shrines of Gion

The rain vanished at about 5:30pm, thats a full 2.5 hours ahead of the forecast. I was convinced I would be getting wet again when I looked out th....

Rain concentrator

29 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Fushimi Inari-Shrine-Rain - Rain concentrator

Fog covers Fushimi Inari shrine

My rain dodging days have come to an end, today I was the single focal point of all the rain in the world. I knew there would be a lot of rain, I ....

Artful rain dodger

28 October 2017

Japan-Kyoto-Gion-Rain-Food-Curry - Artful rain dodger

Exploring Gion in the rain in Kyoto

Now I am in Kyoto and its time for more weather talk dribble. It rained most of the day but somehow I never got wet. I got back to my Shizuoka ho....

Drowning in a sea of tissues

28 October 2017

Japan-Shizuoka-Kyoto-Shrine-Garden-Train - Drowning in a sea of tissues

Sunpu castle and the view from the hills over Shizuoka

Right now I am on the train to Kyoto, a roughly 2 hour trip from Shizuoka on the slow train, and I wished I was on the fast train or walking. You ....

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