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Japan 2014: Kamaishi

Japan 2014: Kamaishi

I know, I know… I really need to get these posts finished! I’m not quite sure where the year has gone, but back in June I was exploring Kamaishi (釜石) in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) and now it’s about time I told you about it. Kamaishi was not a place I had heard of until 2011, … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Continuing on from my Naruko Onsen (Part 1) post, I’m finally back with Part 2! (Sorry it’s taking me forever to write up my Japan adventures!) On Wednesday 28th May, I woke up relaxed and refreshed in Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉) and ate the most amazing breakfast at the Taishokan (大正館) ryokan. The food there was just so good – … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

On Tuesday 27th May my Tohoku adventure continued. Just before midday I left Yamagata Station on the Tsubasa shinkansen and travelled north to Shinjo. At Shinjo I changed to the JR Rikku East Line, a local line with small trains full of character. My destination? Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉). The journey to Naruko was simply gorgeous. The … Continue reading

Introducing… InsideJapan Tours

Introducing… InsideJapan Tours

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you today to James Mundy, PR and Marketing Manager at InsideJapan Tours (IJT) – award-winning specialists in travel to Japan. AM: James, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. First, please could you tell us a bit about InsideJapan Tours – who are … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #22

Weekly Shiritori #22

Last week’s post was about Inarizushi (いなりずし / 稲荷寿司), so this week I need to start with し (shi). Thank you all for your suggestions: ラマタ with Shinjuku (新宿), japanaustralia with Shizuoka (静岡), Shibuya (渋谷), Shinjuku (新宿), shinbun (しんぶん / newspaper), shinkansen (新幹線 / bullet train), or shio (しお / salt), and itsumojapan shiki (四季 / しき / four seaosns). They were all … Continue reading

J-Festa: Places in Japan

I do love a good blog carnival, so I couldn’t resist entering the J-Festa July carnival: Places in Japan. The theme is a lovely one, and it got me thinking about what my entry should be. I wondered if I should write about the best place I’ve visited in Japan (How could I choose?), the … 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

Narita – not just an airport…

Well readers, I have almost caught up with writing about my final Tokyo-area trip. On April 21st, I woke up with a heavy heart because it was my last full day in Japan. 😦 Due to flight times, and worrying about earthquakes/blackouts etc, I decided it was probably best if I spent the day based … Continue reading