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Just Can't Get Enough
No, Rick just can't get enough of Japan - which is great - I'm all for the incredible culture, awesome scenery, and not to mention the excellent cuisine!

Since we've allocated about ... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Kanto region, Japan – September 30, 2006

Akihabara Police
For the last day in Japan and Tokyo, I was hoping we would be able to explore more of Tokyo. First we walked to the Imperial Palace (note that it's mostly closed, but the gardens are open everyda... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tokyo, Japan – October 14, 2005

A Few Tips For Traveling Japan
- Japan Guide is very, very useful in terms of planning your trip. I also used the Let's Go Japan guide an... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – General Tips, Japan – October 14, 2005

Kakunodate: Samurai District
We went to Kakunodate to explore the preserved samurai district. Stopping by the day before on the way down from Tazawako would have been a better idea, as it is only 15 minutes from there. The samura... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Kakunodate, Japan – October 13, 2005

Ginza Nightlife
We checked in at Tokyu-Stay Higashi-Ginza again. This time I booked a bigger room, which was well worth it (only $5 more, should've done it for the first night too). The room was much more like a... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tokyo, Japan – October 13, 2005

Tazawako: Kogen Bus Stop
We left Yamanoyado Bekkan pretty late at around 11:15 am due to missing the courtesy bus at 9:30am to the Kogen bus stop (taxi to the Tazawako JR Station is $60!). We finally got to the Kogen bus stop... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tazawako, Japan – October 12, 2005

Back In City-Suburb
We kicked back for the rest of the day. Ended up wandering around the shopping area which had a mini-Harajuku (young people dressed up in anime/goth/etc. costumes). We then had a nice Japanese-version... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Sendai, Japan – October 12, 2005

A Sleepy Fishing Town
Had some extra time before heading off to our first onsen and ryokan experience in Tazawako. So we decided to make a mini-excursion to Matsushima Bay, noted by Japan as one of the three most scenic sp... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Matsushima Bay, Japan – October 11, 2005

Tazawako: Traditional Ryokan And Onsen
After sleepy Matsushima Bay, we headed back to Sendai, grabbed the backpacks and got on a bullet train heading for Tazawako – this time reserved! Tazawako is known for its deepest lake in Japa... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tazawako, Japan – October 11, 2005

Kyoto: Do Not Book In A Crap Location
The morning of the second day in Kyoto was a bit messed up in terms of timing. Being so used to the fast and on-time bullet trains, taking the bus towards the next Kyoto accommodation was not so much ... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Kyoto, Japan – October 10, 2005

Himeji Town & Castle
The town of Himeji seemed to be a bit gray and dreary. Himeji town was very much a suburban sprawl with a main street of shops and a couple of malls leading to the castle. On the way to the Unesco her... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Himeji, Japan – October 10, 2005

Sendai, City Suburb
Arrived in Sendai during rush hour with no reserved seats, which meant standing or sitting in between the trains the whole way. Sendai Station was quite huge as well, but not as dazzling as Kyoto Stat... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Sendai, Japan – October 10, 2005

Takayama Autumn Festival
After another filling breakfast, we headed for the Takayama Autumn Festival held at Yatakaikan Temple.

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Posted by SUEP in Asia – Hida Takayama, Japan – October 9, 2005

Kyoto, A City Of Contrasts
Kyoto Station turned out to be one huge mall as well – the crowds were unbelievable. Walking forth from the station, I found Kyoto to be a city of contrasts. In my mind, I was expecting Kyoto ... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Kyoto, Japan – October 9, 2005

Viewing Shirakawa-go Ogimachi From The Lookout Point
After breakfast, we took a small hike up to the lookout point in some light rain. You can see the whole village from there – serenely gorgeous in the morning mist.

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Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shirakawa-go Ogimachi, Japan – October 8, 2005

Hida Takayama
Left around 10am and took the two-hour bus ride back to Takayama. After checking into another minshuku (not gassho-zukuri style), more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Hida Takayama, Japan – October 8, 2005

Tsujiki Fish Market
After a great night... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tokyo, Japan – October 7, 2005

Shirakawa-go Ogimachi, A Unesco World Heritage Site
After the four-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo to Takayama, we took a two hours bus ride through th... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Shirakawa-go Ogimachi, Japan – October 7, 2005

Tokyo Ni Ikimasu!
Finally arrived in Tokyo around four in the afternoon after a ten-hour flight via Japan Airlines. Very surprised by the service – excellent – JAL made sure you were well-hydrated as we... more
Posted by SUEP in Asia – Tokyo, Japan – October 6, 2005

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