Tag: Hiroshima

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Memories of Japan: Shinkansen!

I've been lucky enough to take a few trips on Japan's excellent Shinkansen trains. Last October, we went on a day trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima and the trips there and back were fast, comfortable and - for this train geek - exciting. I'll admit that going all that distance (about 360km!!) and back in ...

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2015: A year in travel

Yes, some people may view 'end of the year' posts as either boring, narcissistic or a combination of both, but personally I like to look back on the year gone by and focus on the highlights. A form of gratitude. Reliving the fun and the smiles. I travelled so much in 2015, I thought it ...

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Japan: not how I thought it would pan out…

So. Guess who woke up with chickenpox this morning? Yep. And so far away from home. And with a flight back to London on Wednesday morning. And a ton of work responsibilities waiting for me when I get there. I'm so frustrated I could scream. I thought I'd picked up the flu or just a ...

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Japan day three: Hiroshima and Miyajima day-trip

Another day, another excuse to get on a Shinkansen. Any excuse will do! We spent day three of our Japan trip in Hiroshima, with a side excursion to Miyajima Island. I definitely preferred the latter, as the excellent weather made both the boat ride from Hiroshima Peace Park, and the walk around the island, an ...

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Japanese stationery lust

I spent a happy hour in a local Tokyu Hands store here in Hiroshima yesterday. And in doing so, I basically cleared them out of their entire stock of Midori Traveler's notebooks and accessories. (No, not really - it just looked that way...) I finally got a traveler's notebook, a passport notebook and a whole ...

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Ready, set….go!

Bags are (finally) packed! Our of office notifiers are on! I think it might be time for a holiday...? In just a few hours, I'll be safely tucked up on a BA flight to Tokyo and then on to Kyoto, for what has almost become our annual pilgrimage to Japan. "Excited" doesn't do it justice. ...

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Big Japan countdown

A week from now, I'll be in Heathrow's Terminal 5, attempting to simultaneously wake up and take advantage of the hospitality of the British Airways Galleries lounge. And coffee. Mostly coffee. At the start of this year's trip to Japan! London to Tokyo, then straight on a flight to Kyoto. Four days there, including a trip to ...

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More plans for Japan

We spent some quality time this morning fleshing out plans for our September return trip to Japan. Our itinerary has been narrowed down to: Fly London to Tokyo Immediately get on flight to Osaka 5 nights in Osaka, including day trips to Kyoto Shinkansen train to Hiroshima 3 nights in Hiroshima Fly to Tokyo 5 nights in ...