This was the trip that was conceived by the kids (Dylan and Foop) and promoted by Bort and Foop and attended only by Jen and I.
  • Day15

    Hiroshima War Memorial

    January 12, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    There are so many positive aspects to this place even though it celebrates the horror of nuclear warfare.
    There are regular school trips for education purposes as well as so many beautiful memorials devoted to world peace.

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (広島平和記念公園, Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Kōen) is a memorial park in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000). The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is visited by more than one million people each year. The park is there in memory of the victims of the nuclear attack on August 6, 1945, in which the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
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  • Day15

    Hiroshima

    January 12, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Probably one of the most profound tourist experiences I have ever had. These photos are close to ground zero where the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan hastening the end of the Second World War.

    It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000).
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  • Day14

    Osaka Food Tour

    January 11, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Some of the places we visited and the food we ate. The tour was conducted by a Japanese woman who was attractive and living with her parents. She explained that one of the issues with Japanese men is their ridiculous work ethic and the fact that they are immersed in manga comics and sex bots.
    She said it was very frustrating being a woman in Japan. While she was talking and almost on cue a couple of drunk male business men came over to chat her up giving us a first hand insight into the problem. It is bad manners for a work colleague to leave before the boss.
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  • Day14

    Osaka

    January 11, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We visited Osaka for a food and ryokan crawl...with a lovely Japanese guide.
    Osaka is renowned for its food and authentic Japanese cuisine.

    It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second-largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest urban areas in the world with more than 20 million inhabitants.Read more

  • Day14

    Trasitional Japanese Breakfast

    January 11, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

    A traditional Japanese breakfast is an experience and not particularly to my liking as it is quite a savory experience with different vegetables and fish and rice...not something many Westerners equate with breakfast.
    That being said it was enjoyable to be able to say that I had one.
    In Japan, it is common to eat Miso soup, and rice soup (porridge hybrid jook) for breakfast.
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  • Day13

    Enroute to scenic outlook

    January 10, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 6 °C

    We then travelled by bus to another location where we caught a train/cable car to a lookout to observe some of the very picturesque mountain ranges in the background.
    Unsure of where this actually is except that It was a beautiful day and the scenery was breathtaking just like my photos ;)Read more

  • Day13

    Returning home for Dinner

    January 10, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 7 °C

    Bus trip to rail carriage to reach the top of the mountain which was quite spectacular as you can see.
    Quaint caravan on the summit and then down again on the same mechanized train to experience a traditional Japanese meal in town.Read more

  • Day13

    Lunch and Sightseeing

    January 10, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 6 °C

    The ferry traverses the lake and we disembarked at a small little village that had little to see at the time.
    We decided to walk around the shore of the lake to the next village where we had some afternoon tea and relaxed in the sunshine...beautiful.Read more

  • Day13

    Sail Across Lake

    January 10, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 5 °C

    The weather was relatively pleasant today especially as we travelled to the lake. The lake is quite long and as you travel along it Mt Fuji reveals
    itself above the skyline which is quite a majestic sight.
    I found it interesting to compare the accommodation along the side of the lake as we sailed down the middle.
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  • Day13

    Trip to Fuji Ashinoko Panoramic Park

    January 10, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 6 °C

    This was the bus trip we took to the next part of the trip which was to catch a ship to travel across the lake to a tourist town.
    Spent a moment reflecting on how valuable a good backpack is when traveling and this back pack is a very good one.
    Also could not resist Jenny’s new walking boots...so her...cute and colour full.
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