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  • Day18

    Fish market, rollercoasters and beer

    October 18, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Our trip to the distillery was cancelled as there was a landslide to the west of Tokyo stopping all the trains, so we took a trip to the big fish market in Tokyo and had possibly the best sushi I've ever had. Then Connor wanted to check out this big rollercoaster here in Tokyo - I don't really enjoy them so he went on it a few times whilst I pottered about. We both went on the log flume though, despite it not being the weather for it. Unfortunately there was no photo at the end to have in our Loko shirts, although my eyes would have been shut anyways due to the fast descent! We picked up a few beers, went for dinner with Connor's uncle then stopped back via a little bar for a few whiskies - we had the Hakushu whisky we would have had at the distillery. There was also a cute pub dog called Pico!Read more

    Aiden Coloe

    What was the name of the place? Are whiskys in bars cheaper than the hotels?

  • Day16

    Cycling around the islands

    October 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We got up early, hired bikes and took a cycle along a well known cycle trail. All in all we cycled approximately 40km, including stopping for a swim and some lunch! We cycled over a few bridges. We also sampled the local delicacy - lemon ale. The area is famous for its citrus fruits.Read more

  • Day15

    Hiroshima day 2 and Onomichi

    October 15, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We got up early for a tour around the Hiroshima Peace Park with a local guide, Yoko. She told us a harrowing story about her mother's experience as a 12 year old when the bomb was dropped and how she had to help look after her classmates, many of whom did not survive. It was very moving. We learned about the Atomic Dome, a building near the epicentre of the bomb that survived, and about how the city was rebuilt. It was fascinating albeit very sad.
    We later caught a train to Onomichi where we were staying, and took a gondola up a hill to see some temples and shrines.
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  • Day14

    Hiroshima day 1

    October 14, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We arrived later into Hiroshima, a bit worse for wear after our encounter with the Welsh! I went for a walk to the Pokémon Center, where they were selling Hiroshima Carps-themed merchandise with a Pokémon twist. The Carps are their baseball team, the Japanese love baseball! Later we went for the local speciality, Okonomiyaki.Read more

  • Day13

    Kumamoto for Wales v Uruguay

    October 13, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So I didn't go out the last night as I felt ill. Connor on the other hand... Anyways, we got the shinkansen to Kumamoto to see another game, this time Wales v Uruguay. Uruguay played well but didn't quite have the legs to overcome the Welsh. Fortunately, Scotland and Japan were playing later on in the evening, so we somehow managed to cram outside the fan zone and watch most of the game. It was electric, Japan proving the winners and winning group A. We went out after that, ending up in a Welsh-packed karaoke bar belting out Delilah and other classics!Read more

  • Day12

    Fukuoka - Ireland v Samoa

    October 12, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After having a big night out in Fukuoka to celebrate not having to drive any more, we woke up late, had a bit of food and dragged ourselves off to the match. Ireland won comfortably but Bundee Aki controversially got sent off and ended his tournament. How that was a red and the Samoa one was only a yellow is a mystery that science has still not found the answer to.Read more

  • Day10

    Driving into the mountains

    October 10, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We picked up a car in Beppu and drove into the mountains, where we stayed that night in a village called Takachiho. Fortunately they drive on the left so it was no bother, although the twisty roads were quite scary at times. We hiked up the mountains in Aso, getting a great view of the volcano spewing its fumes everywhere. Unfortunately there was too much volcanic activity for us to get any closer. We ate dinner in a traditional Japanese izakaya, or a pub where you sit on the floor in slippers.Read more

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