Takayama, Japan: Big City, Little City, Sake Box

Takayama, the last stop on our Japanese adventure, was our chance to get away from the big city hustle of the Japanese mega cities and enjoy some quiet small-town living in the Japanese Alps. Or so we thought. Even though this picturesque mountain town has a population under 100,000, centuries old wooden merchant huts and … More Takayama, Japan: Big City, Little City, Sake Box

Gero: A Naked Englishman Walks into a Japanese Onsen…

Gero is considered to be one of the three major hot spring hot spots in Japan and as it is well connected with Kyoto we thought we’d take up the opportunity to stay a few nights and try out a traditional Japanese Onsen. An Onsen is the Japanese version of a public hot spring with bathing facilities. … More Gero: A Naked Englishman Walks into a Japanese Onsen…

Rabbit IslandΒ 

We found out dreams can come true the day we discovered there is an Island near Hiroshima which is dominated by rabbits! Not just the standard hares you usually see in the wild but ones of various colours and cuteness.  The name of the Island is Ōkunoshima but is more commonly known as Usaga Jima … More Rabbit IslandΒ 

Miyajima: The Island of God and the Big Floating Shrine

Miyajima island is home of the infamous floating Itsukushima shrine that is used on pretty much every Japanese tourist brochure. The shrine doesn’t actually float; it is freestanding weighed down by rocks, but look at it from the right angle and with the right weather and with one eye slightly closed whilst standing on one … More Miyajima: The Island of God and the Big Floating Shrine

Osaka Video Highlights

Here’s the vid of our time in Osaka covering the main sights (including Nara which we know isn’t Osaka but was a cool day trip away), food and the “cultural exchange”. You can read the blogs that compliment this video here: Osaka, Japan: The Hyper-Mega-Epic-Super City Osaka, Japan: Couch Surfing, Osaka Food and Geishas with Giggle … More Osaka Video Highlights