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 ...

Heading to Japan, 2017 edition

You know, it's never too early to plan our annual trip to Japan. At least that's what we were saying when we started looking for flights to Tokyo on this cold and wet January Sunday morning. After last year's amazing trip, it was pretty much inevitable that we'd have to come back. So we searched ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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Tokyo Diary: Part Three

I'm back from Japan and have to say the wrench I felt leaving was worse than any holiday I've ever had before. I fell in love with Tokyo while I was there.  Really. I don't think I've ever enjoyed visiting a new city as much as Tokyo, but it's difficult to say why. So what ...