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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....


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....

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 ....

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 ....

Second opinion

27 October 2017

Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Food-Ramen - Second opinion

Good cheap ramen in Shizuoka

My first night in Shizuoka, I thought it was all a bit quiet and boring. Then last night I went to a new level of quiet and boring at the other en....

Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

27 October 2017

Japan-Shizuoka-Shrine-Kunozan Toshogu-Hiking - Train to mountain stroll ropeway beach bus

Hiking up and over Kunozantoshogu in Shizuoka

Today I took a train, walked through the city then strolled up a small mountain, took in the view of Fuji, hopped on a short ropeway ride across a....

No mountain

25 November 2015

Japan-Fukuoka-Shrine-Market - No mountain

Shopping markets and shrines in Fukuoka

Surprise! Tomorrow I start a 30 hour journey home, which means I should be up a mountain today, but I am not. Multiple reasons, its raining a litt....

Under the sea

21 November 2015

Japan-Shimonoseki-Hiking-Shrine-Hinoyama - Under the sea

Walking from Honshu to Kyushu under the sea and then to the nearby Samurai town

Today I went under the sea to Kyushu. This is the first time I have ever been to one of the main Japanese islands other than Honshu. I then wander....

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