Category Archives: Hiroshima

Is anyone else here in Setoda? (on the island)

The ferry floated across the smooth waters between Takaneshima Island and Ikuchijima, glided in and kissed the wharf at Setoda Port. For a popular tourist destination, 5.30pm on a Saturday afternoon in June was eerily quiet, with only two passengers … Continue reading

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Is anyone else here in Setoda? (getting there)

The day trip from Hiroshima did not turn into Hangover #5 as Saijo sake town was in its quiet period after the brewing season. But now with some time to kill, our intrepid tour guide (me) started to fret about … Continue reading

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Station visitor information offices have ……

It seems like every JR destination has a small visitor information kiosk or office within the station area, or just outside. The same can be said for the numerous private railway line operators as well. Promoting local cultural sites, places … Continue reading

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Saijo Sake town

This years Saijo Sake Festival is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October. Apparently this is a huge event in Higashi-Hiroshima. Too bad I won’t be there to see it. Saijo was a lot quieter in June when … Continue reading

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Ideas from the hostel notice board

Thursday night was dragging on. Beer cans strewn across the maps, nut packets ripped open, hostelers from many lands moving around the small lounge area and kitchen. And no plan for Saturday afternoon. With a few nights in K’s House … Continue reading

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A (small) room for all occasions

I glumly posted some time ago about giving up on Youth Hostel accommodation. I felt more and more uncomfortable as a single 50+ traveler, appearing as if my T-shirt slogan was “Uncle Tony the chaperone”. Small rooms, too many hip … Continue reading

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Evolving travel experience

I have just completed 10 weeks of  Japanese language lessons. Even though the course was at ‘starter’ level (simpler than Introductory!) I have to say I struggled to retain too much. And the final assessment conversation? Well, lets just say … Continue reading

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