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Tokyo German Village – Winter Illumination

Tokyo German Village is a park in Chiba, located about two hours from central Tokyo. The park offers facilities for…

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Taking the Highway Bus in Japan

Trains in Japan are excellent but pricy, especially long distance ones. If you are lucky enough to stay in the…

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Posted in fireworks temples and shrines travel

Ushiku: Great Buddha and Fireworks

Talking about Japanese towns with great Buddha statues, one would likely mention Nara or Kamakura. But the Ushiku Daibutsu dwarves…

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NEX train front seat rows
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Turning NEX train seats

One of the great features of many Japanese trains is that the seats always face the driving direction. Personally I’m…

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Super Hakucho Express
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From Hakodate to Sendai by train – going underground

The Shinkansen bullet-train is one of the trademarks of Japan, yet, there’s no Shinkansen on Hokkaido. Routes have been proposed…

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An evening in Otaru

There is one other city in Hokkaido I visited during this trip to Japan: Otaru. Otaru is close to Sapporo…

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Iris Flower Festival in Itako

This is maybe the biggest iris flower festival in the Kanto region and it involved a longer train ride via…

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Posted in saitama Soka travel

Soka – あ、草加? Visiting Soka in Saitama

Some places I only visit because I find their name particularly interesting. “Reading” near London is an example, “Naganuma Park”…

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Posted in matsuri travel

Hachioji Matsuri

Ice sculptures in Summer and outside? In Japan, this doesn’t seem too unusual. I’ve seen an ice sculpture exhibition near…

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Posted in Parks & Gardens tokyo travel

Todoroki Valley

Just leaving the train station and looking around, many places seem to look the same. But Tokyo is full of…

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