Category Archives: Nara

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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On your bike

You can get a good sense of the real Japan by gently rolling through lanes and streets on a bike. A leisurely pace, often with a tide of fellow riders. Apart from looking a little bit different, who is to … 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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Nara Park

Nara Park maps – great use of symbology Visiting Nara is on many ‘must see’ lists for Japan, so there probably hundreds of blogs written about this place. I will highlight just a few elements. Nara was the capital of … Continue reading

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Shine Road pub, Nara

While my room at the Fujita Hotel might have been on special, food and drink prices reflected the 4 Star rating. On this sort of trip, the thought of paying 10,000Y to eat was not retained long. Off to find … Continue reading

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Which way is Nara again?

The walk to Hotel Fujita from JR Nara Station was only 500m, along Sanjo-dori which is the main pedestrian route to Nara Park. Central Nara was surprisingly low-rise, with myriads of lanes accessing small shopping complexes. The Hotel offered bikes … Continue reading

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Leaving Japan earlier than planned

I finally got to K’s House Hostel in Kuramae about 9:00pm and after checking in, went looking for food and a telephone. I had bought a 1,000Y phone card at the Hostel which should get me about 20 minutes talk … Continue reading

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Give up on the hostels

I have to accept it. A mix of being 50+, alone, and not a conversationalist tends to make me stick out like dogs balls in the hostel setting. K’s House Tokyo, Kuramae At K’s House Kuramae (Tokyo) the hostel was … Continue reading

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