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Day out in Dazaifu

Day out in Dazaifu


I recently blogged about our short stay in the fantastic city of Fukuoka, which also happens to be a great place to stay if you’re taking a few day trips around Kyushu. The small city of Dazaifu is just a short train ride from the city centre – and because this is Japan, the train is … Continue reading

Fun in Fukuoka!

Fun in Fukuoka!


Fukuoka and Kyushu may not be places that western tourists generally visit in Japan, unless they’ve been to the country more than once or have a particular reason to visit. In our case, Fukuoka, the largest city in the southern island of Kyushu, was where my sister Grace had been spending several months studying and teaching. … Continue reading

Get in the damn Shinkansen!

Get in the damn Shinkansen!


One of Japan’s most iconic anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion, celebrated in 20th anniversary in 2015. Naturally, Japan had something pretty ace planned – a Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinkansen (bullet train)! Why? The Sanyou Shinkansen was also celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Not that we need much of an excuse. Until March 2017, the 500 … Continue reading

Out and about in Kobe

Out and about in Kobe


The second stop on our Japan 2016 trip was Kobe, just a thirty minute train ride from Osaka! Still slightly jet-lagged and having spent three days in the bustling Osaka crowds, we were all looking forward to what we had heard was a more “chilled out” city. We were only in Kobe for a day … Continue reading

Back to Japan

Back to Japan


After an amazing holiday in Japan with my good friend Oana last year, I didn’t think I’d be going back for a long time. Then my sister Grace got a job teaching in Fukuoka for a year, so there was an excuse for a family holiday! I’ve more or less been left entirely to my … Continue reading

Exploring Kanazawa

Exploring Kanazawa


It’s time for another flurry of holiday photos! I cannot recommend a visit to Kanazawa enough if you are travelling around Japan. It’s serene, beautiful and full of history. We managed to cram the highlights into just two days – Kanazawa Castle got its own blog post which you can read here – so here … Continue reading

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle


Well, we’ve reached the last leg of Sophie and Oana’s Japan 2015 holiday blog series. After travelling around Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka… we spent two days in Kanazawa before flying home. It’s hard to believe this was back in April, when the sakura was in bloom, and also that it’s taken me this … Continue reading

Deer-dodging in Nara

Deer-dodging in Nara


It’s nearly Christmas, so here’s a blog post all about the deer (not reindeer – although watch out for those antlers) in Nara! This is another overdue holiday blog post, as we were in Nara in April just as the sakura were starting to fall like snow. In 710, Japan’s first capital was established at … Continue reading