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Over castled

16 November 2023

Japan-Himeji-Castle-Shrine - Over castled

Himeji castle and Engyoji shrine

That all took longer than I thought, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Today I did 2.5 activities in Himeji. First the castle which I somehow ....

Grey wedding day of not much going on

12 November 2023

Japan-Osaka-Shrine - Grey wedding day of not much going on

Sumiyoshi Taisha Osaka

Rest day with no plan. The 2nd of this trip, the first one was day 3 in Tokyo when I went to a park. Are you ready for a grey day for a walk throu....

Old temples and closed castles

6 November 2023

Japan-Castle-Shrine-Onomichi-Fukuyama - Old temples and closed castles

Onomichi and Fukuyama day trip

Today I decided to utilise me Setouchi area pass train thing and ride some bullet trains.. and some normal trains. The pass incorporates the whole....

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....

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