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Shizuoka: A Sushi Picnic at the Base of Mount Fuji

Shizuoka: A Sushi Picnic at the Base of Mount Fuji

Since we left from Mount Koya, it took us most of Friday to get to Shizuoka. By the time it arrived it was near dark, but I would be lying if I didn’t say the views on the train were spectacular. Clark Kent and I wanted to see Mount Fuji, and for a while we were undecided on visiting either Shizuoka or Hakone. We decided on Shizuoka thinking we’d get better views of Mt. Fuji. We arrived at our hotel…

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Osaka & Kobe: Oops, I did it Again

Osaka & Kobe: Oops, I did it Again

I already wrote about Osaka and Kobe so I won’t bore you with things I’ve already talked about. Clark Kent and I arrived Monday night and after getting the keys to our apartment in Umeda, we looked for a place to eat. We weren’t too hungry, so we wanted something light. I looked around on google maps but couldn’t find much so we walked around to see if anything caught our eye. Clark Kent had yet to try okonomiyaki, one…

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Mount Koya: Finding Balance in the Kii Mountains

Mount Koya: Finding Balance in the Kii Mountains

Thursday, December 17 we started our journey to Mount Koya. We researched the day before how to get to Koyasan and learned that it was not included in the JR pass and was about a 3 hour trip. It costs about 2800 yen per person (~23 USD) round trip, which is a bundled price they have from Osaka. We planned on going to Shizuoka after Koyasan, but there is not really a way to go directly from Koyasan, meaning we…

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Nara: Fear the Deer

Nara: Fear the Deer

After lunch at Nishiki Market in Kyoto, we hopped on the train to Fushimi Inari Shrine, or as I always called it, the shrine of 10,000 torii gates. We locked up our luggage at the JR station and walked over, spending the bulk of the late afternoon there. We decided to hike to the top, thinking that there would be a spectacular view. Do NOT hike to the top, I repeat: DO NOT HIKE TO THE TOP! It took us probably…

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Kyoto: Gyoza, Gears, and Geishas

Kyoto: Gyoza, Gears, and Geishas

We took the Shinkansen to Kyoto (our train departed at around 12h30) and we were at our Kyoto apartment in the late afternoon. This was one of my favorite apartments and our host was incredible. She left us snacks so we had tea time as soon as we got in. We knew there would be tons to see in Kyoto, in fact, way to much to see in the weekend we planned on staying there. We decided that we would…

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Tokyo: It Takes Two

Tokyo: It Takes Two

We finally made it back to Tokyo from Okinawa. After our failed attempt of staying up all night to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, we slept in a bit, and finally went out on Wednesday to explore Tokyo more. We were staying in the Ginza area, walking distance from the fish market and Tokyo Station. We spent some time in Tokyo Station reserving our JR tickets for Kyoto and walking around enjoying the crazy atmosphere. From there we walked…

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Okinawa: A Weekend in Paradise

Okinawa: A Weekend in Paradise

Clark Kent and I made it to Okinawa in time for a late lunch Friday afternoon (4 December). My friend’s wife graciously picked us up from the airport in her cute mini yellow SUV and we headed to the fish market for a sushi lunch. For 5 USD, we got soup and a sushi bowl; I went for a fish bone soup instead of the traditional miso with a tuna bowl. It was amazing, and sparked our love of going…

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Tokyo: Drifting and Romance Under the Bright Glow of Neon Lights

Tokyo: Drifting and Romance Under the Bright Glow of Neon Lights

Alright, so I didn’t find and underground drifting society in Tokyo (not that I looked), but there was romance and neon lights. Boy, are there lights. Monday night I flew into Tokyo from Matsuyama. I decided on a staying in a simple hostel near the airport since Clark Kent would be arriving at about 12h30 the next day. Plus, he was arriving into a different airport than I flew into, so I had to take the train Tuesday morning and…

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Matsuyama: Spirited Away to the Dogo Onsen

Matsuyama: Spirited Away to the Dogo Onsen

I spent the last of my solo travel days in Matsuyama. I was scheduled to meet Clark Kent in Tokyo on 1 December, where he’d be joining me for my remaining three weeks in Japan. Sunday morning I enjoyed my daily muesli in Miyajima before taking a speedboat from Hiroshima to Matsuyama on Shikoku Island. I enjoyed the scenery of the Hiroshima Bay and napped for the 3 hour boat ride. When I arrived in Matsuyama, I had no idea…

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Miyajima: Shrine Island

Miyajima: Shrine Island

Friday, November 27 we had spent the day in Hiroshima and taken a late afternoon ferry to Itsukushima, or more commonly known as Miyajima, which means shrine Island in Japanese. Originally I was going to stay across the bay in a hostel because the  hotels available on the Island were quite expensive. My friends were able to change their reservation from two to three people, and I was able to change my reservation from Friday to Saturday night at the…

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