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  • Day10

    Day 9 - Morioka and Sendai

    March 4, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    After another yummy breakfast at the hotel we headed for the train station to use the 3rd day of our five day pass. We caught the 8:08 train to Morioka, the train was another double shinkansen. The trip only took 39mins and had no stops between the two destinations.

    At Morioka we went to the tourist office, where they handed over a walking map of the city. We first went up the Malious building to the 20th floor for a free observatory viewing deck. There were some nice views of Mt Iwate.

    From here we walked through the main street of Morioka heading for the castle park. On the way we stopped at Mister Donuts for morning tea. We then saw the rock splitting Sakura, and walked through the castle grounds (no castle, just some base rock walls evident.) It was after 12 and we were not sure what to do next. My suggestion wad head up to Aomori, Jason's was head to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery. We looked up the trains but neither would really work out.

    So we headed back to Sendai on a slower train, the return jouney was 1:15min , thete was evidence it had rained, and it was 4 degrees. We then went for a 15min walk to find Coco Curry for a late lunch. After this we walked to see Jozenji dori, a tree lined street (though at this time of year they are just sticks). So we headed back to the hotel to warm up, before heading out to dinner.

    We have definitely been the only foreigners we have seen in Morioka, and there are definitely only a very small number of foreigners we have seen in Sendai.
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  • Day52

    Hiraizumi Temples

    October 18, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Shinkansen train to northern Japan today, north of Tokyo, where we visited a group of temples in the Hiraizumi area. These are all related to the concept of the Buddhist Pure Lands, a way of designing perfect environments and landscapes to assist in achieving nirvana. The temples here were quite nice, with the highlight a small 12th century temple entirely decorated in gold leaf - though no photos were permitted! Further north in the evening for tomorrow's site visit.Read more

  • Day8

    First week in Japan part 2

    March 31, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Monday we travelled up to Sendai, it's north of Tokyo so it took us most of the day to travel there. We visited our first pokemon centre, our first Japanese arcade and bravely experienced the local specialty cuisine - gyutan (grilled beef tongue).

    Tuesday we were very busy, we visited Matsushima in the morning, enjoying a cruise around the bay. Matsushima is meant to have one of Japan's top 3 best views (Japan likes top 3 lists) and we agree! We explored some of the small islands and went for a traditional green tea in an old teahouse overlooking the bay - it was a very Japanese experience! It had a small museum to Masamune Date (feudal Lord of the region in 1600s who used to own the teahouse) attached. In the afternoon we travelled to Yamadera (translation of this place is literally mountain temple), we climbed 1000 steps to the very top - very hard work as we are unfit but we managed and got to enjoy the view from the top! Personally I think it could do with a zipwire back down, but it's a case of decending all 1000 steps. Much easier down than up though.

    Wednesday we travelled to Nyuto Onsen, a hot spring town further north in the mountains near lake Tazawa. We stayed in a very rustic and traditional room with an irori (fire pit in room) to have dinner cooked on. We enjoyed wearing our yukata and bathing in the hot spring and having a traditional Japanese experience, although Hannah was plagued by headaches and we struggled with the food. We are pleased we got to experience this part of Japan and managed to get some needed relaxing time. We stayed here 2 nights.

    It is now Friday for us so we arrived a week ago! What a busy week it has been. We are looking forward to our next adventures :)
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  • Day10

    Wanko Soba

    March 24, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    J'aurais dû vous raconter Morioka, son parc, mais le train annulé nous a fait arriver plus tard que prévu. Stéphane voulait pour le dîner manger forcément des Wanko soba. Ce sont des nouilles qu'on vous sert dans un bol pour une portion d'une bouchée. La charmante serveuse vous encourage alors (Fight! Ganbatte!) à continuellement en reprendre. Vous tendez votre bol et splash, elle vous rajoute une nouvelle portion. Si vous arrivez à 100 portions, vous obtenez un certificat. 15 bols correspond à un service classique de Soba.
    L'ambiance est plutôt bon enfant. Nous avons tout deux réussi le challenge.
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  • Day6

    Japan day 6

    July 20, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    It was our first day of service. For breakfast i had really yummy rice with soy sauce and potatoes. We then went to 7/11 to pick up lunch for later. During to morning we worked at a winery pulling weeds. After we finished working for a few hours we had a picnic lunch at the farm. I had onigiri and peach tea. After lunch we went for a drive to see the area that was devastated by the tsunami in 2011. It was very sad but interesting to see the city being rebuilt on a higher ground. For dinner i went back to the same restaurant from last night and i had the curry again! It was just too good i had to get it again. But i ordered the pinapple soft serve icecream this time.Read more

  • Day7

    Now we are talking!

    May 15, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    We thought that the dude in Nikko was doing pretty well in the history stakes but he was out shone today by Kiyohira, the first lord of the Fujiwara clan. He built the Chūson-ji Temple in around 1100 and some of it is still in existence! Most impressive, as were the avenue of cedars that leads up to the Shrine. We could have spent more time there but we're pressed for time having thoroughly tested JR's Hiraizumi rail network and Google's knowledge of it! Despite TripAdvisor's advice that it can be touch and go, we have found Google to be remarkably accurate.Read more

  • Day12


    May 20, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    I had seen all i wanted to see in Hakodate so it was time to move on. So i got on board the newly built Hokkaido Shinkansen which would take me to Morioka, with a short stop in Aomori. Ronja and Ole, whom i met in Sapporo, told me about this fishmarket in Aomori when you can make your own bowl of donburi, called Nekkodon. You buy a number of coupons which you can trade for all kinds of seafood freshly caught. It's even cut into nice convenient slices so it's ready to eat. It's so incredibly fresh and delicious that i finished the bowl before i thought of taking a picture of it. After having a cup of tea on the seaside it was time to go our own ways. We said our goodbyes and i boarded the Shinkansen again after getting a seat reservation. This was actually a first since there had been no need before. Luckily it's free of charge and the people behind the counter usually understand it when you say "seat reservation". :-)
    The trainride with the Shinkansen was smooth as always and i quickly arrived at Morioka. I got a riceball and OJ for lunch and went to the remains of Morioka castle, which is made into a city park. It was so good to sit in the shade for a bit cause the sun was really beating down. I am really considering buying some shorts even though the added extra weight give me the shivers (pun not intended ;-)) I went to the hotel to check in and get a short nap since i really started to feel that i woke up at 5.30 this morning. Yes yes i know, i am getting old...:-P The nap turned into a 2 hour sleep and i already felt a lot better. I went outside for a short walk through the city center and got me a "Cup of Noodles" to eat in my hotel room. I watched some crazy Japanase gameshow and finally crashed at around 9pm.
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