Tag: Shinkansen

Exploring Kanazawa: Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden

Last month, as part of our two and half weeks in Japan, we visited somewhere completely new to us: Kanazawa. It's located North-West of Tokyo, on the opposite side of the Honshu island and is the capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa has only relatively recently been served by a Shinkansen service to Tokyo and ...

That "Japan" feeling

We watched the first episode of Joanna Lumley's new series on Japan last night and really enjoyed it. She's touring all the way from its very northernmost tip near Russia to its southernmost islands over three episodes. @FrankDJS and I both had several "remember that?" moments as we watched, thinking back to our visits to ...

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 ...

Japan: one step closer

Plans for October's trip to Japan are one step closer today: our Japan Rail passes arrived in the post. For me, this spells lots of Shinkansen-related excitement and the prospect of visiting more places while we're there. We're going to split our time between Kyoto and Tokyo for the most part, with side-trips to Hiroshima ...