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Nara – first capital of Japan

Before going to Nara, we had another day in Kyoto which we used for shopping. So now we have less money left but more omiyage (souvenirs) to take back home ;). Big shopping centres in Japan are similar to ours, thats why we don’t have many photos, but there are also some very nice little […]

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Himeji, Kyoto and the curse of restoration

On February the 15th, we went to Kyoto via Himeji with the Shinkansen. Our goal was the Himeji-Jo, one of the most famous (maybe the most famous) castles of Japan. Whatever, as we left the Himeji Main Station we glimpsed something very disappointing: Himeji-Jo is being restored until spring 2015 and...

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Hiroshima

On the 12th we arrived in Hiroshima. Traveling by Shinkansen for the first time was quite an attraction of itself. The wagons were very comfortable and the personnel as friendly as in every other japanese trains (bowing before entering and leaving the car for example). Railway companies of some other...

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Visiting 8 Hells in Beppu

On 10. 2. we went on to Beppu, another town on Kyushu known for its hot springs, by train. This time our hotel was not so ordinary. We stayed in a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel) for two nights. After check in, green tea awaited us in our room. There were no beds prepared, only […]

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Fukuoka

Yesterday we visited several shrines/temples, which fortunately were all located near the Hana Hostel. We started with the Kushida Shrine. Before its maingate is the biggest Otafuku Mask in Japan. Otafuku literally means “much good fortune” and the mask is a luck symbol for a long life. Next...

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And suddenly… Pandas!

Today we arrived in Fukuoka, despite all the chaos we encountered today. First of all we had to wait about 1 hour to get seats for the three of us on a train to Chitose Airport in Sapporo (the 4 trains that were sceduled before were all fully booked). When we finally arrived we noticed […]

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Sapporo Yuki Matsuri

On 6. 2. it was time to go to Sapporo, this time from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. The weather in Tokyo was very clear, so from the airplane we could see the top of  Fuji-san over the clouds. The flight took us 1:30h. In Hokkaido it was notably colder with […]

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Ueno Zoo & Ikebukuro

On February the 5th we went to the Ueno Park again to visit the Ueno Zoo. Its area was much larger as we expected, so it took us until the early afternoon to finish the tour. We saw many animals like elephants, polar bears, seals, aye-ayes (creeeepy), Japanese and tropical birds aaaand of course the...

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Shibuya and Shinjuku

We started the 4th February off by visiting Shibuya Station to see the statue of Hachikō and to have breakfast. Those few of you who do not know about the famous japanese Akita should really look him up at Wikipedia This time, we tried a more western style breakfast which included a hard boiled egg,...

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Japanese food

Yesterday we started the day with a “japanese style” breakfast in a restaurant not far from the Ueno Youth Hostel. Here is how it looked like: Of course there are different variations, but I want to explain what the one we ate contained. I start from the upper left to lower right: 1)  a...

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