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Japan by Prefecture: Tochigi (栃木県)

Japan by Prefecture: Tochigi (栃木県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県). Tochigi Prefecture is part of the Kanto region (関東地方), just north of Tokyo. The capital city is Utsunomiya (宇都宮市). As Japan Australia mentioned in last … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Sometimes I like to take part in the WordPress weekly photo challenges, especially when I feel particularly inspired by a theme. The theme this week is ‘kiss‘, chosen of course for Valentine’s Day. I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, but this theme instantly brought to mind an amusing photo I took with my … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: J is for…

It’s time for the next instalment of my A-Z of Japan, and today I’m looking at J. Of course, J could be for the martial art judo (柔道). Or perhaps the Japanese word for shrine – jinja (神社). But I’ve decided to write about something which I have a particular soft-spot for… J is for… … Continue reading

Tokyo area trip itinerary

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that in April I finished my three years in Japan with an eight night stay in Tokyo (well, actually it was seven in Tokyo and one in Chiba). My trip included excursions to various nearby places, but my main base was Shinagawa. Now I’ve finally finished writing … Continue reading

Visit Nikko!

282 photos in one day is not excessive, is it? (That’s with all the really bad ones deleted, of course.) I’ll admit it, I went to Nikko on 18th April really just to take one photo: The famous “Three Wise Monkeys” (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). But I knew I would find … Continue reading

Daily snapshots (5/9): Nikko

I can’t believe I almost cancelled my trip to Nikko because I was worried about whether or not it was safe/still accessible after all the recent events in Japan. If I had cancelled my trip I would surely have missed not only a wonderful chance to catch up with a good friend, but also what … Continue reading

What would you do with 8 nights in Tokyo?

With about one week left at work, I’ve finally had time to turn my attention to my final trip in Japan. I actually started planning this trip a long time ago, and planned to include the following: Yayoi Festvial in Nikko Kamakura Daibutsu Ushiku Daibutsu Nokogiri Yama (more big Buddhas) Studio Ghibli Museum Ueno Zoo … Continue reading