Tag Archive: 日本

Kagawa and its Gem, Ritsurin Garden

[2018.04.01] We took a break from the pilgrimmage circuit on our 3rd day to drive out to the neighbouring prefecture north-west of Tokushima, Kagawa 香川. It was a decision that did not sit… Continue reading

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 09 – 16

[2018.03.30-2018.03.31] We managed to complete 11 temples on the first day, of which 8 were covered in the previous post. Under usual circumstances, we would have wanted to visit the temples in the… Continue reading

Shikoku Henro by Car I: Temples 01 – 08

[2018.03.30] After a good night’s rest, we were ready to embark on this unique spiritual journey. As a general rule of thumb, the temple stamp offices 納経所 operate from 0700hrs to 1700hrs daily.… Continue reading

Sakura Season in Tokushima: A Photo Gallery

Here is a compilation of sakura we saw in Tokushima as we visited the 23 temples on the Shikoku Henro. We were very fortunate to have been in the prefecture when sakura was… Continue reading

Prelude: The Shikoku Henro by Car, in IV Parts

Being homebodies, one of our favourite past-time at home involves travelling of another kind – watching travel programmes on the TV. Quite by chance a decade ago, this favourite Taiwanese travel programme of… Continue reading

More to Matsumoto

On the 5th and final valid day of our Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass, we made a quick day trip to Matsumoto (松本) primarily to see the famous Matsumoto Castle (松本城). Notwithstanding, while a… Continue reading

That Magnificent ‘Crow Castle’

Castles in Japan are tourist magnets, akin to churches for Italy and fjords for Norway. Think Osaka Castle (大阪城), Nagoya Castle (名古屋城), Himeji Castle (姫路城)… and I think you’d get the drift. While not… Continue reading

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Revisited

A vacation of several firsts this was – our first driving trip, the first trip the mister took to planning entirely on his own, and the first time an itinerary was drawn up based on… Continue reading

Beautiful Spring Blooms of Central Japan

[2009.05.03] It was unfortunate that we chose to make this short trip to Tokyo during Japan’s Golden Week, notorious for crowds everywhere one turns. Incidentally it was also a great time to make… Continue reading

First Permanent Capital and City of Vitality

Without a doubt, the cities I am referring to are Nara (奈良市) and Osaka (大阪) respectively. Nara, formerly known as Heijo (平城), was Japan’s first permanent capital, established in 710. Due to its… Continue reading

Kyoto and Its Rich Cultural Heritage

And Kyoto, the old Imperial Capital of Japan, was up next. Resources (from books to reviews from friends) reveal that Kyoto is one of the most, if not the most beautiful city in… Continue reading

In Search of The Elusive Fuji-San

After a quiet and peaceful night sleeping at an Onsen Ryokan in Hakone (箱根), we left early the next morning in search of the elusive Fuji-san (富士山), otherwise more commonly known as Mount… Continue reading

Of Ramen and Hello Kitty

It’s a wonder what one night of good rest could do to a person. From the grouch I was the day before I transformed into someone in considerably better spirits the next morning.… Continue reading

Tokyo Disneyland, Adults’ Paradise Too

After a rather long flight including a layover at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, the mum, the little sis and I stepped foot on Japan soil. And immediately, as typical of most guided tours, we… Continue reading