Category Archives: Walks

Under attack at Osorezan

You would expect that coming up to Osorezan by bus means you go back to Shimokita by bus. However, for the intrepid – or naive – you can walk back down the mountain to Ohata then bus it back to … Continue reading

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Goshogake bubbling up

By chance our travels north from Tokyo to Kamaishi coincided with a reward of delightful cherry blossoms in Morioka Castle Park in full bloom. More of that in a later post. Today I wanted to relay the story of a … Continue reading

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Strolling the Mitake Gorge

No need to go further up the valley deeper into the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, strolling the Mitake Gorge riverside walking path caps off a great day that included the Mitake Tozan Ralway and the Musashi Shrine. Starting just below Mitake … Continue reading

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Musashi Shrine at Mt Mitake

When Tokyo gets discussed, the only image conjured up by most visitors is concrete and people. Yet as soon as you leave the flat land conurbation, extensive hills, mountains and forests beckon. Ome in western Tokyo is one of those … Continue reading

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Cafe Aun quiet beside the Tama River

From the riverside walking track only a small wooden gate sign lets you know that both a gallery and cafe lie on the other side. The short path leads you past kid’s bikes, a cubby house and a deflated football … Continue reading

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Akagi-goe section of the Kumano Kodo

The loop from Hongu Taisha to Hosshinmon-oji, on to Funatama-jinja and then on to Yunomine via the Akgi-goe section of the Nakahechi route is a very popular day walk. A short distance from Funatama-jinja, the route crosses over the Otonashi-gawa. … Continue reading

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A short but well-formed section of the Kumano Kodo

Historic pilgrimage routes are becoming extremely popular with serious trekkers and casual visitors. The Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture offers the Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage routes. The 7 km walk from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu Taisha is an easily accessible … Continue reading

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Finding old Tokyo in Nippori

Ueno Park is a significant draw card for visitors, for its museums, galleries, zoo, temples and quiet contemplation. Just to the north of the Ueno Park precinct is Nippori, an old part of Tokyo that has history, culture and a … Continue reading

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Ok. Ok. I am wearing tights.

The universal snow symbol near Akita was a good clue that Kakunodate was not going to miss out on the upcoming cold snap. Predicted light snow from Tuesday when i was arriving, through till Friday AM, with the wind chill … Continue reading

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Easy to get to and enjoy Kawagoe

It’s always nice to visit a location the subject of many positive posts. Kawagoe being only an hour or so north of Tokyo makes it really accessible for the visitor. From Shinjuku, take the JR Saikyo Line Rapid service direct … Continue reading

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Very sweet potato town: Kawagoe

Starting out early on the day of the June 2013 Australia v Japan game in Saitama I was at the magnificent Hikawa Shrine near Omiya before 9:00am. With its kilometre long tree-lined avenue, you can’t help but to be drawn … Continue reading

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Outrunning those damn leeches

I am not fond of leeches. I am yet to work out how they add to the ecological values of our planet. Call me paranoid if you like. At home in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, I … Continue reading

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Wedding crashing a new visitor activity in Harujuku

Most visitor stories of Harujuku include the colourful young things assembling around the station, families taking in the relative sanctuary of Yoyogi Park, or of the bustling shopping precinct around Omotesando-dori and Meiji-dori. Photos a plenty of cosplay girls, old-time … Continue reading

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A guide to Asakusa

Volunteer Guides are readily available to assist visitors across Japan. Whether at the most popular temples and shrines in the tourist havens of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara – to locally important and interesting spots almost everywhere. With three new visitors … Continue reading

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Inside looking out from the Kaikyo Yume Tower at Shimoneseki

I know I can pack a lot into a day’s traveling. Having looped out, down and around from Hiroshima (praise to the JR Rail Pass – read about those trains here) I ended up in Shimoneseki with a little bit … Continue reading

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Top 5 posts about Japan

I got a Happy Anniversary notification from WordPress the other day – for 2 years of blogging. Has it actually been that long? With only 76 posts to my name, I can’t be labeled prolific. With dozens of draft posts … Continue reading

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Guided along the Kumano Kodo

Sorry folks, I posted this, then changed the ‘post date’ so the link to the original post was broken. Here it is again. Tokyo over. The game at Saitama over. Hiroshima, Mt Aso, Saijo and Setoda over. Now a long … Continue reading

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Guided along the Kumano Kodo

Tokyo over. The game at Saitama over. Hiroshima, Mt Aso, Saijo and Setoda over. Now a long trip to Kawayu Onsen, the Kumano Kodo and immersion in ritual, culture and history (being it only for 2 days). With only time … Continue reading

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The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

The Kumano region sits well south of Osaka in the mountains of the Kii peninsula. Kumano includes Koyasan which is more accessible and popular. But venture further south along the ancient roads linking to the shrines and temples of Kumano … Continue reading

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Narai-juku to Yabuhara via the Torii Pass

(post updated 8 November, 2012) Kiso Valley (木曽谷), is surrounded by mountains such as the Central Alps to the east and the North Alps to the west.  The old Nakasendo Highway, which was completed in the Edo Period 1603–1867) as … Continue reading

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Bluesman of Inokashira Koen, Tokyo

Around an hour west of Tokyo is the must-see Ghibli Museum that displays the life and anime works of the great Hayao Miyazaki. Think Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Think colour and movement. Think tiny and gigantic. The Ghibli … Continue reading

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Narai-juku to Yabuhara via the Torii Pass

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Kiso Valley (木曽谷), is surrounded by mountains such as the Central Alps to the east and the North Alps to the west.  The old Nakasendo Highway, which was completed in the Edo Period 1603–1867) as a trunk road connecting Kyoto … Continue reading

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